The Checkup: The Hassle-Free Way to Clean This Kitchen Appliance

• The freakin’ weekend is almost here, people! And you know what weekends are for? Sunrise yoga followed by mimosas and waffles. And while waffles are great — great, I tell you — cleaning up after making waffles isn’t. That’s where this waffle maker-cleaning trick, which just requires a damp paper towel and a few minutes, comes in. You can thank us later. [PureWOW]

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The Best Fitness and Foodie Events in Philly This Month: August 2016

August is the cheesy romantic novel of months: It’s only really good at the beach. Otherwise, it’s a muggy and sweaty and generally uncomfortable month. And speaking for myself, usually, on any given August day, sweating more is the last thing I want to do. So making a point to fill up my fitness calendar is a must — otherwise I will spend the entire month splayed out on my couch with a pint of Little Baby’s Vegan Iced Tea ice cream resting on my belly.

If you, too, need to fill your fitness life with plans in order to avoid turning into a sloth-like human this month, take note of these 10 awesome fitness and healthy-foodie events happening around town. Happy sweating!

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How to Stick to Your Workout Plans Every Day This Month

Another month of miserable weather, another workout streak challenge to make sure you don’t sit on the couch for 31 days straight. As some of you probably remember, back in February — a month usually devoted to soup and Netflix binges, because WHO wants to brave five-degree temperatures? — Run215 challenged runners to get in at least a mile of running every damn day of the month. Well, now, during another usually miserable month of workout weather, City Fit Girls is challenging folks to do one of two things: Run a mile or get in 30 minutes of exercise each day. So say adios to your plans of sitting in front of a fan all month long.

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The Checkup: How Doing Too Much Of This Is Actually Backfiring On You

• Creativity is a highly appreciated skill, both in the workplace (hello, pitching ideas to your boss) and in social situations (hello, not coming off as a totally eye-roll-worthy guy in your Tinder profile). Which is why, if you’re looking to be creative, you should stop thinking so much all the freakin’ time — really. A new study found that people who had serious mental load (read: too much to think about) were way less creative than those who didn’t. So de-clutter your minds and quit thinking so much, people!  [Fast Company]

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Run215 Challenges You to Conquer Worst Fears (Example: Run With Your Ex) With Runner’s Bingo

Question: Would you ever, in a million years, willingly run two miles with your ex boyfriend or girlfriend? I’m going to have to go with a solid absolutely NOT on that one, but I’m betting some folks — you know, the people with serious competitive streaks out there — will be doing just that over the next few weeks. Why? Run215’s Bingo Challenge, that’s why.

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The Checkup: The Case for Running Without Music — Really!

• I rely on music to get me through a run as much as the next person. On the 10th mile of a half marathon, I undoubtably need an almost-annoying upbeat Calvin Harris tune to get me through. And while music is great to push you over the finish line, not all runs are half marathons where you’re trying to PR. Some runs are just for you — to let your mind wander. And maybe, just maybe, you should give it ample opportunity to do just that, per the suggestion of Outside’s Martin Fritz Huber. [Outside OnlineRead more »

Meet Helen, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

helen lead2You may remember this week’s adoptable running dog, Helen. We featured this cute pup back in November. And yep: She’s STILL at Street Tails, eight months later. (Insert all the tear emojis here.) This gal, who happens to be deaf, is all about running, hiking and road-tripping. So if you are an adventurer who needs a escape mate, you can learn more about her below.

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Why Runners Are Upset About the Philadelphia Marathon Course Changes 

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Back in April, the Philadelphia Marathon announced that they’d be making some big changes to the November race this year: For one, Jim Marino, race director for the Broad Street Run, would be coming on as race director for the Philadelphia Marathon. Two, the half marathon and the full marathon would be held on different days — the former on Saturday and the latter on Sunday — as opposed to running concurrently, as they have in past years. And three, both distances would see some course changes.

Back then, they outlined the race changes in a press release, saying the most notable change to the full marathon would be the nixing of the out-and-back portion on East Falls Bridge. They outlined some serious changes to the half marathon course—long story short: significantly less time spent in Center City, more time spent in Fairmount Park—but there were no maps of the courses available then. Well, now there are. The race recently posted the map for the full marathon course (here) and the half marathon course (here)—and runners have quite a bit to say.

Runners have been chatting about the changes, primarily the changes to the half marathon course (the marathon course is mostly untouched, and many people are actually very happy about the fact that the East Falls Bridge portion was cut), over in the Facebook group Run215. Reading through the comments, there seem to be two main issues upsetting runners when it comes to the half marathon course changes. Read more »

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