Whenever I come to a red light during a run — which happens a lot, as city runs go — I stop dead in my tracks and wait. And I have to admit that whenever I see another runner jogging in place at a red light, I laugh a little bit in my head. Har har! Look at that silly guy, bobbing up and down with nowhere to go. That can’t possibly be doing anything for him …
Er, right? I realized last week, as this exact thought ran through my head for the zillionth time, that I had no idea if it was beneficial or not to jog in place when you’re stuck at a light. Sure, it seems silly, but maybe I’m just a jerk and there really is something to it. Read more »
In case you missed it, this past weekend, Ben Franklin Bridge turned into a scene from The Walking Dead (minus the zombies, thank goodness). There were no cars allowed, making it an urban oasis of sorts for runners, cyclists, walkers — everyone! Emily and I made our way over the bridge, and all I said for pretty much the entire walk was “Ughhhh, I wish it was like this all the time. I mean, I know that’s not practical BUT … ” over and over and over again. I was probably a pretty annoying walking companion, actually.
It was just such a sight to see a bridge, usually clogged with grumpy commuters, clogged with people — and many a cute dog — getting their sweat on. And it was pretty darn Instagram-worthy, too. So below, our favorite Instagram photos from the car-free Ben Franklin Bridge this weekend. Read more »
Whether you’re trying to escape from the Pope madness or just a maddening week at work, we’ve got the answer: This week’s playlist. Strap on your running shoes, put in your headphones, and escape from the madness — at least for an hour and 17 minutes. Read more »
Follow Philadelphia magazine’s live coverage of Pope Francis’s historic visit all weekend long.
Aaaand we’ve got another Pope-related sweat session to add to your weekend roster, folks! (Don’t worry, it won’t overlap with your PopeRide plans.) On Sunday morning, the folks from GoalsFit are leading a run from their Manayunk studio (4450 Main Street) to Pope Francis’s Philly home base, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Er, well, as close to the seminary as they can get, what with all the security measures in place. Read more »
From the same group that organizes the Chickie’s & Pete’s Boardwalk 5K in Atlantic City and the Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K in Bethlehem, we now have a new food-and-drink (but mostly drink)-fueled race: the just-announced Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy 5K, taking place on December 6th. Read more »
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge | Photo via Flickr
The bad news: Pope Francis’s visit to Philly this weekend may screw up some of your running plans. The good news: There are plenty of other places to run in the area that are well out of dodge, as far as the Pope goes. With help from Alon Abramson, leader of West Philly Runners and the mastermind behind the super helpful website, Run Philly, we found seven solid bets for glorious outdoor runs that’ll let you escape from the Pope frenzy. Read more »
Man, the Philly running community is on fire. First we had our second annual Run to Work Day last week, which, by all accounts, was a smashing success. Now Philadelphia Runner and Team Philly Race Training are announcing a brand-new citywide training event aimed at helping you get in tip-top shape for your fall marathons, half marathons and other distance runs. It’s the All City 20-Miler, and you’re so going to want to be there. Read more »
Schuylkill Trail along Kelly Drive // Photograph by Jeff Fusco
Hey guys, did you hear that Pope Francis will be in Philly this week? It’s true. And after months of rumors and plans and logistics, we now have a clear idea of how the papal tour de Philadelphia will affect pretty much every area of your life.
If you’re specifically interested in how your running plans may be impacted, you’ve come to the right place. There are closures along the Schuylkill River Trail and MLK Drive near the Art Museum that you should be aware of. Read more »
Does citywide papal fever have you thirsting for a drink? Look no further: The Pope Run to the P.O.P.E. is here! And, when we say P.O.P.E., we don’t mean Francis — we’re talking about the Pub on Passyunk East. Read more »
On Friday morning, the Philadelphia running community rose to the challenge to run to work. We skipped our regular commutes and instead pounded the pavement, snapping sweaty selfies along the way and rolling up to our office buildings with a slightly funky smell. It was glorious, right? For the rest of the day, we all had a runner’s high, happy that we were able to fit in a morning workout and skip whatever dreadful commute we normally have to endure. I bet you found yourself wondering, “Why can’t every day be like this?” I’m here to tell you it can! Read more »