The Checkup: How Your GrubHub Addiction Could Be Good for You — Really!

• In amazing news from the world of science: A new study found that when we order food through a digital platform, we are less likely to make unhealthy choices, as opposed to when we order directly from a human. So if you eat out all the time anyway (which, let’s face it, a lot of us do), you might as well take the talk-free, healthier route and order through GrubHub. And don’t you dare feel guilty about it! [Science of Us]
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Tonight: Work Out with the November Project Without Waking Up at the Crack of Dawn 

November Project Philadelphia | Photo via Philadelphia

November Project Philadelphia | Photo via Philadelphia

If you’ve never made it to the November Project because the thought of being somewhere at 6:25 a.m. makes you want to cry (the grassroots fitness group puts on free workouts every Wednesday morning at the Art Museum steps and Friday mornings at Lemon Hill), good news: This afternoon, the founders of the November Project, which has chapters all across the country, will be here in Philly, and they’re putting on a fun run starting at Rittenhouse Square. So you can get your November Project on without getting up before sunrise. Hallelujah! Read more »

Broad Street Run Training: You’re About to Begin the Most Important Week of Training

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One of my favorite running quotes is “The race is just a victory lap.” How you perform on race day is mostly a result of weeks and months of training. If you prepare properly, your finishing time is your reward for the months of sweat, exhaustion and hard work.

Running is not like studying for a test. There is no last minute cramming; no last minute workouts; no last-minute secrets that will suddenly help you gain fitness and drop minutes. Understanding this important fact will help you avoid making mistakes as you enter what could be the most important week of your Broad Street training. This week starts Sunday.  Read more »

How to Master the Art of the Lunch-Break Run 

Finding the time to work out when you are so busy you want to crawl into a hole and die can be hard: That’s where the lunch-break run comes in. Not only does it give you the opportunity to sneak out of your office for some much-needed sunshine, it’s also a way to use the time you know you have every day to get your sweat on — without needing any equipment or having to shell out any dough. And, unlike a lunch-break fitness class, you assign the amount of time you’re going to sweat for. Only have 30 minutes until you need to be back at your desk? No problem.

But the lunch-break run is an art of sorts: You have to, one, know how to get the most out of a short run, and, two, know how to set yourself up to look office-ready afterward. So, to help you become a lunch-break running pro, we asked two of our favorite Philly runners, Holly Waters of Fitness Alive and Katie Rodger of The Juice Philly (also a Lululemon Ambassador and an avid runner), to spill their lunch-break run tips and dish on their favorite post-midday-run products. Below, how to master the art of the lunch-break run in six steps. Read more »

Internet Watchdogs on High Alert for Boston Marathon Cheaters

Remember the name Mike Rossi? That’s the name of the Montgomery County dad who became the topic of some very heated Internet discussion last year when runners looked into his past race times, available online, and accused him of cheating in the 2014 Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon, the race that qualified him to run the Boston Marathon.

The runners — who were alerted of Mike Rossi’s existence when the story of him being scolded by the principal of his children’s school after taking them out of classes for a few days to watch him run the Boston Marathon went viral — argued that Rossi’s qualifying time for the Boston Marathon was suspiciously faster than his previous race times, and that combined with fact that there were no photographs of Rossi running the race that qualified him for the Boston Marathon pointed to cheating. Rossi vehemently denied the allegations, and the Via Marathon reviewed the evidence against Rossi, concluding that there was “not conclusive evidence that his time in the 2014 LVHN Via Marathon is inaccurate.” But nearly a year later, Runner’s World points out that the whole Boston Marathon Dad incident is still very much on people’s minds. Read more »

Meet Tre, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Tre | Photo courtesy Monster Milers

Look at that bow tie! | Photo courtesy Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable running dog, Tre, was surrendered to the shelter when his owner became too ill to care for him — but shelter life didn’t get him down! This guy, currently in foster care with the Monster Milers, loves other dogs, people, AND running. So, basically, he’s perfect. Learn more about him below.
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Why You Should Absolutely Bring Your Bike Out of Storage This Weekend 

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The Manayunk Bridge Trail | BasSlabbers/iStock.com

This weekend, two great things are happening: First off, we’re supposed to see temps in the high 60s (hallelujah!), with lots of sun; and two, it just so happens to be Opening Weekend for the Circuit Trails, also known as the hundreds of multi-use trails around the region. And to celebrate, there are tons of trail happenings — including LOTS of group bike rides — going down around town. So go ahead and dust off your Schwinn, and get ready to pedal in the sun this weekend. Read more »

The Checkup: Have You Ever Peed Your Pants During a Race? (Be Honest)

•  Author and runner Jen A. Miller highlights an interesting dilemma over on The New York Times: Where to go to the bathroom, as a lady, on longs runs and during races. She then goes on to tell a story of a runner who couldn’t get to a porta potty at the Philadelphia Marathon, so she just peed her pants — on purpose — and ran on. And I’ve talked to other runners who’ve admitted to, ahem, relieving themselves without stopping during a race, mostly because they just didn’t want to stop. So, my question: How common is this? (No judgment. I mean, okay, maybe a little judgment — but not much.) [The New York Times]
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Philadelphia Runner Hosting Boston Marathon Watch Party

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Philadelphia Runner

Remember the word darty? You probably haven’t said it since you were in college and had time to darty. In case you’ve forgotten, it’s the words day and party combined — simply a more fun way of saying “day party.” Anyway, my point: Philadelphia Runner is having a darty for the Boston Marathon, and you are invited. Read more »

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