I discovered running about five years ago, when I reached a certain (read: middle) age and was looking for a physical activity that would easily fit into the available spaces in my life as a housewife. To say I was not the athletic type during the previous four decades is a generous understatement: In my high school physical education class, I chose “race walking” as a “sport” because I knew I could smuggle cigarettes onto the wooded walking trails surrounding the campus.
The first thing I learned as a self-coached adult-onset runner with an insatiable appetite for information is this: Never, ever refer to running as “jogging.” It doesn’t matter whether the runner in question has just risen from the couch to embark on a 5K program, or if she’s training for the Boston Marathon: She’s running. If both feet leave the ground at any point during any treadmill or outdoor session: running. My own inelegant shuffling, scampering gait: running. Read more »
Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by Jim McWilliams
The Philadelphia Marathon is less than seven weeks away, you guys. Considering we’ve been talking about it since registration opened back in the spring, it feels like the intervening months have just flown by.
To get you through the final stretch of your training, we thought we should take a few minutes to remind you of all the reasons you signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon in the first place and help you celebrate all that you’ve accomplished so far. So if you’re starting to lose sight of your goal and need to refocus, keep reading. You can do it!
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Schuylkill Trail along Kelly Drive // Photograph by Jeff Fusco
You guys, on Monday we’ll officially be 10 weeks out from the Philly 10K. Crazy, right?
To help you get your training in gear, we asked our friends at Philadelphia Runner, the architects of the race itself, to come up with a 10K training plan that’ll get you across the finish line with a brag-worthy finish time. And so I give you: The Official Philly 10K Training Plan.
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No matter how off the beaten path your music taste happens to be, sometimes a good ol’ fashioned pop hit just hits the spot. So for this week’s training playlist we’ve given you just that: an hour’s worth of radio hits that are sure to keep you moving through your grueling weekend run. So lace up your running shoes, head outside, and get your sweat on. You might just find yourself singing along, too.
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It’s the season to get in shape. That’s why Philadelphia magazine is inviting our female readers to the new Be Well Boot Camp on June 9. The super-cool, healthy living event is designed for women who’d like to rethink everything from the way they eat to the way they exercise and maintain better health year round. It takes place at Drexel University’s state-of-the-art recreation center in University City.
Sponsored by our sister publication Be Well, the full day of events features everything from the hottest fitness classes and educational sessions with experts to workshops and healthy, organic food and beverage tastings. This day will not only leave you feeling fit, but also confident and inspired.
Be Well Editor Emily Leaman also says the boot camp will feature several classes led by “Best of Philly” trainers and will include a marketplace full of product and service samplings. “Don’t forget to wear your workout attire,” she says.
Tickets are $25 per person (in advance) and $35 (at the door).
Click here for additional information, details on classes or to register online.
Today, the new Optimal Health and Sport Clubs officially opens its newest downtown location at the former Broad Street Fitness (1315 Walnut Street) in the Philadelphia Building in the heart of the Gayborhood. The doors open today with a grand opening event planned for March 8 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.).
The new full-service facility boasts a personal training program and a weight loss management and preventative care program with the Rossi Wellness Center, as well as studio sessions – everything from yoga and Tai Chi to Zumba, spinning and other high-energy group classes.
“Optimal Sport 1315 will cater to the LGBT community a couple of ways,” says Jeffrey Shablin, CEO. “First, we have established the Optimal Community Fund where new members can choose the charity of their choice. Two dollars from their membership enrollment fee will go to two different charities each quarter – one of which will always be for the benefit of the LGBT community.” He says the management team of Optimal is also active with several organizations, including Sapphire Fund and Mazzoni Center.
Jo-Ellen Marks, Optimal’s program development and special projects manager, tells us how we can get in shape for summer in three ways:
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