Trail Etiquette: 7 Rules We Wish Everyone Would Follow on the Schuylkill River Trail

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

This past weekend — a long one, complete with 65-degree weather in freakin’ February — was the kind of weekend that causes a person to spew out delusional sentences like, “Who needs California? I basically live in California. We have avocado toast! And sunshine! And trails! WHO needs California?!”

I was yelling such statements to my boyfriend, who was undoubtedly rolling his eyes, as we biked down a sun-splashed Spring Garden Street, dressed in sweatshirts (in February! Like California!), to make our way to the Schuylkill River Trail — with a pit-stop at Whole Foods for sushi (I was really embracing the whole wannabe-California-resident thing) — to get a good long bike ride and picnic in.

This didn’t go exactly as planned.

The SRT was packed — like human-traffic-jam-level packed — with other enthusiastic, sunshine-loving, movement-loving folks looking to get their run, bike and walk on along the river. And it was still lovely, but our bike ride ended up being a verrrry slow one (at points, walkers were moving just as fast) with many hurdles — dogs darting across the path! Tiny humans darting across the path! People stopped in the middle of the trail — bikes and all — to take selfies! We only managed to make it to East Falls before we gave up and hunkered down on the side of the trail to dig into our avocado rolls. After soaking up some sunshine, we crossed the East Falls Bridge, braving the many bumps on the (much less crowded) MLK path for our ride back.

Now, don’t get me wrong: It’s AWESOME that so many people utilize the Schuylkill River Trail. It’s a wonderful resource to have access to in the middle of a city, accessible to residents spanning across a slew of neighborhoods. (And with warm weather — and Broad Street Run training season! — headed our way, the trail will only fill up more.) But this busy Sunday ride got me thinking about a few rules that I wish everyone would follow to make using the trail a bit more pleasant for all. Read ‘em below. And if you have rules you wish everyone on the SRT would follow, shout ‘em out in the comments.

Read more »

10 Weeks to a 10-Miler: Your Broad Street Run Training Plan

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

So, you got into the Broad Street Run — congrats! Now only 10 weeks of training stand between you and the finish line at the Navy Yard.

The average runner will invest over 72 hours pounding the pavement training for the Broad Street Run. While those 72 hours will greatly determine what the finish-line clock will read, there is perhaps one determinant of your success that most people ignore. It doesn’t include running, lifting weights or even getting off the couch, but rather a pen and paper.

Ready for it? You need to have a plan.

A successful race-training plan is well thought-out, written down and kept visible for you to see daily. And I hate to break it to you, but haphazardly running while increasing your mileage each week is not a plan.

Read more »

5 Ways to Get Fit in Philly Without Going to the Gym

You’ll have so much fun doing these six activities around Philly — from rock climbing to axe throwing (yes, axe throwing) — that you’ll forget you’re even getting a workout. (Don’t worry: Your muscles will make it clear that you did, in fact, get a workout later.) Bonus points: You won’t be forced to step foot inside a boring ol’ gym for any of them.

Read more »

Psst: Athleta Has a Monthly Run Club (And It Involves Ridiculously Cute Dogs!)

I’m sure that we had you at ridiculously cute dogs, but still, we’ll elaborate: Athleta on Walnut Street has teamed up with local shelter dog-running group the Monster Milers — they’re the guys we team up with to bring you our adoptable running dog every week — to host a monthly run club featuring a lovable, adorable and adoptable dog at each run.  Read more »

The Checkup: All the Protein Mistakes You’re Making (And How to Fix Them)

Protein, much like Britney Spears or calculus, is complicated. You know you need it — but it turns out, many of us are consuming it in the wrong ways, like, for one, by downing way too much at once rather than spreading our servings out from breakfast through dinnertime. Here, six protein mistakes you’re probably making, plus how to correct them. [Women’s Health]

Read more »

The Philly Running Challenge We Hope Turns Into an Everyday Thing

One year when I was working as a waitress on Valentine’s Day, one of my tables noticed my stank face — I am not perpetually grumpy, but my face can make it seem like I am — and left me a note that said, and I quote, “It will get better.”

There was nothing wrong with my life. That note was the worst.

I tell this story as a warning to all the folks participating in Run215’s Valentine’s Day challenge, which they announced this morning on Facebook, to put a little more thought into your Valentine’s Day notes to strangers.

Read more »

The Checkup: These Are Philly’s Most Popular Running Spots

• Strava and Runner’s World teamed up to figure out where folks log the most miles in 20 big cities in the US. Any ideas for Philly? Fine, fine, we’ll tell you (though you probably could’ve guessed): The two most popular Philly running spots are — can I get a drumroll? — the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Schuylkill River Trail. [Runner’s World]

Read more »

The Checkup: What You Should Be Topping Every Salad With (But Aren’t) 

• I’ve waxed poetic about the benefits of hemp seeds many a time, but they’re not the only seed worth throwing on your salads: flax seeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds — all of which blend in with just about any mix of ingredients — all offer tons of benefits, like high fiber counts, zinc, magnesium and protein. So get to sprinklin’, people! [Prevention]

Read more »

The Checkup: WTF Is ASMR? (And Do You Experience It?) 

• Around a year ago, one of my friends tried to explain the feeling of ASMR — which has spawned tons of ASMR YouTube videos (Google it, I dare you) — to me and I just could NOT understand what she was talking about. At all. Here, an ASMR researcher breaks it down: “ASMR is a deeply relaxing and comforting feeling, usually accompanied by tingling sensations in the head,” usually caused by some sort of trigger, which can range from a soft whisper to seeing someone paint skillfully. Clearly, I’m not one of the lucky ones in the ASMR-experiencing camp, but if you’ve been looking for a way to identify this soothing feeling, there you have it! Now, to figure out what triggers you — I’m sure there’s a YouTube video to suit your needs. [Refinery29]

Read more »

Registration Now Open for This Sweet Relay Race Along the SRT

Remember the Schuylkill River Relay 50K? To jog your memory, the relay race — in which runners tackle 31 miles of the beautiful Schuylkill River Trail in teams — debuted last spring as a part of Sly Fox’s SPREEKEND, a weekend that celebrates all things Schuylkill River Trail, with organized events from kayaking to cycling to, well, running (duh). The race ends at Sly Fox’s SPREEKEND party, complete with live music and food trucks, where they release their annual SRT Ale, a beer that benefits the trail.

If you were bummed to miss out on the race last year, good news: Registration for this year’s Schuylkill River Relay 50K — going down Saturday, April 22nd — opened at 10 a.m. this morning. And we’ve got a discount code for you!

Read more »

« Older Posts  |  Newer Posts »