Grab Your Running Buddy: 11 Great Spots to Run and Walk With Your Dog Near Philly

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Can we take a minute to talk about how wonderful this fall weather is? It’s breezy, but not blistering cold, and it’s sunny, but not sweat-your-face-off sweltering hot. It’s perfect. And the mild temps are especially wonderful for exploring all the beautiful trails and running spots that Philly has to offer with your pooch by your side. My dog refuses to move beyond four feet from our front door in the summer heat and in the winter snow, so autumn is when we get most of our trail-time in. But after four consecutive falls spent trudging along the Kelly Drive path, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need a change of scenery, stat. But where?

Well, that’s where this post comes in: To help find some new trails to tackle, I asked five folks who love to explore Philly with their pooches where their favorite spots to run and walk are. And boy, did these lovely people provide an arsenal of go-to spots for me and my dog to get our sweat on—from Ridley Creek State Park, where dogs can cool off in the water post-run, to the new Washington Avenue Green and more. So if you and your pup are tired of pounding the same pavement fall after fall, read on to see which spots these Philly folks suggested—you’re bound to discover some new dog-running and walking inspiration. And we’d love to hear about your favorite pup-friendly running spots in and around the city, too! List ‘em off in the comments section below.
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What It Was Like to Be the First Runner on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Last Friday, I got the chance to walk on water. And it was awesome.

All right, technically I was running—and it was over water—but you get the idea. I had the pleasure to be the first (maybe? I think?) person ever to run on the brand-new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, which has its official opening tomorrow and hosts a sneak preview 5K tonight at 6:30 (sorry, it’s sold out). Why me as the ceremonial First Runner? Well, Philly Mag is working on a big package about running in Philly, and the powers that be at the Schuylkill River Development Corp. were nice enough to give us access to the Boardwalk to shoot some photos. Yeah, sometimes it’s cool to work at a magazine.

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5 Gorgeous Philly-Area Running Trails to See Fall Foliage

Fall in Tyler Arboretum | Photo by Barry Rubin via Facebook

Fall in Tyler Arboretum | Photo by Barry Rubin via Facebook

I don’t understand people who don’t love fall. The cooler (but not yet cold) temperatures make it perfect for outdoor fitness. The red, yellow and orange leaves are drop-dead gorgeous. And pumpkin—wonderful, glorious, delicious pumpkin—is a main ingredient in just about everything. What’s not to love?

If you’re looking to take full advantage of the season, consider this your bucket fitness list: five off-road running spots where you can get up close and personal with our region’s beautiful fall foliage. (Note: I’m not including the Wissahickon or Fairmount Park on here because, well, duh.) See how many of the parks below you can hit over the next couple of weeks, and check them off as you go.

Challenge accepted? Thought so.

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BeWOW: Loved #RuntoWorkPHL? You’ll Love This Workout

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Since many of you took advantage of the awesome Run to Work Day last week, let’s keep the momentum going with an interval workout this week.

No matter where you’re running—in the city, on a trail, a treadmill, a track, whatever—it’s easy to work in some intervals. All it entails is mixing in some sprint and recovery periods. It’s a really efficient way to torch calories and improve your fitness faster. You can choose your own interval distances (maybe you sprint a block, then jog a block, or maybe it’s as simple as sprinting the distance to the next mailbox), or you can use a stopwatch.

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#BWPSelfie of the Week: “I Push Myself Past My Limits”

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This week’s #BWPSelfie-taker, Paige!

Welcome to our new weekly feature, the #BWPSelfie of the Week! Read about why we’re celebrating selfies—and the sweaty Philadelphians who take them—below.

Name: Paige Layng

Day job: Co-founder of HappyPhilly + Co wellness events and blog, pharmaceutical meeting planner, and soon-to-be personal trainer

Where she snapped this: Corolla, North Carolina in the Outer Banks

What she was doing: Six-mile beach run

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And the Winners of the #RuntoWorkPHL Hashtag Contest Are …

Congrats to May Chan (Twitter user @maymarmalade) and Josh Balascak (Instagrammer @jbalascak) on winning our #RuntoWorkPHL hashtag contest!

May won a free massage and massage membership from Phila Massages, and Josh is taking home free running shoes for a year from Philadelphia Runner. Check out their entries below. And to see more great photos and chatter from Run to Work Day, head over here.

Thanks to everyone who ran and shared their runs with us on social media today! I can say without a doubt that this has been the most fun Friday workday EVER.

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