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10 Things to Look for When Joining a Gym

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Today was the first day I finally used my new gym membership. I joined because it has just been too darn cold outside to run and have races to train for, Mother Nature! I ended up joining my old gym for a number of reasons and thought I would share my thoughts with you all. So here are my top things I look for when joining a gym!

#1 Location

If it is inconvenient to get to, you won’t go. I chose a gym that has multiple locations, one near my house and one on my way to school.

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Broad Street, Round 3

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I am SO EXCITED! This year, I will run the Blue Cross Broad Street Run for the 3rd time!

The Broad Street Run is a 10 mile race and it will be the 36th year this May. It was my very first double digit mileage race back in 2010 and I loved every minute of it! (Even if they didn’t give out medals until 2011!)

I loved the race so much, that I went back for another round in 2011! The first time, I ran it with my friend Jess who was a much more advanced runner (who is

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Crunch Time

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Hey everyone! I know it has been like crickets around here. I have been super busy with school. There has been a lot of coffee, reading, and paper writing happening. I have 3 huge things due all this week!

Drink Coffee, Study, Drink More Coffee, Study, Sleep, Repeat.

This semester, while it is my last, is looking like it will also be my hardest and busiest. That basically means there isn’t a lot of fitness happening lately. I joined a gym on the first of the month and was so excited to start using it but haven’t even had

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Cigars & Sidecars

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I have been so busy lately! The little free time I do have is spent with Rob. A little recap of the last few days.

Saturday was my friend Brian’s birthday and we headed out to Philadelphia with him to celebrate. He chose the place and we spent the majority of the night at Ashton Cigar Bar. It was a pretty swanky place, which we knew ahead of time, so Rob and I got dolled up for the evening.

Brian really liked his fancy cigars and just sitting around chatting with friends so that is what we did! While

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A Little Bit of Everything

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Hey everyone! Nothing special going on here. It is Tuesday, it is snowing, I have to work tonight. That’s about it. I just miss the old days of regular, every day blogs. I know I haven’t been posting them here lately so I thought I’d give you all a life update

School

Classes started on January 14th. I didn’t have much of a break over winter, as I was working a few days per week at the clinic and I was sick for the rest of the time. My class schedule was stressing me out at first

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Winter Running Gear 101

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“All you need are sneakers!” That’s what everyone says about running… Just throw a pair on and go! I think this is the biggest lie ever told to newbie runners. I realized this when getting ready for my wintery run the other day…

I spent 20 minutes looking for my gloves and hat because it was too dang cold out to go without them. This process quickly make me realize all the crap I NEED to go for a run (on the bright side, my dead Garmin got to charge enough to track my 2.2 mile run).

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Planet Fitness Experience

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This week’s workouts went really well!

When I was off visiting my friend Jess for a few days, we visited her gym, Planet Fitness, on Monday. I have heard of these gyms before but we don’t have any near me so it was my first time there. Here are my thoughts:

Positives:

Everything was clean and tidy. TONS of cardio equipment – no signing up for machines, waiting for one to clear, or getting kicked off before you’re done. Lots of TVs to keep you distracted. Dedicated workout circuit so you can get in and out with a full

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Race Plans: AC April Fool’s Day Half Marathon & 7K

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It all started so innocently. I was on the registration website, signing up for the Atlantic City April Fool’s Day 7K with a discount code I got for doing the Atlantic City 10K back in October. I was scrolling through the registration options, and I said jokingly to Rob that I could register for the Fool’s Challenge: run the 7K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday. He responded “why not?”, we chatted it over, and I registered for it!

I know, I know – why another half marathon? Well, let’s be honest. I enjoy running! I know,

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