Maty Mata is running from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, here's why...

A few months ago, we told you about a group of women running from New York City to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness for women's health issues and money for Planned Parenthood. That group, Run 4 All Women, has been busy creating local chapters, growing an ambassador program and continuing with their fundraising efforts. 

We had the chance to chat with Marielena "Maty" Mata, a Run 4 All Women ambassador based in Philadelphia to discuss the Pennsylvania chapter's run from Philadelphia to Harrisburg (Pennsylvania's capital) to raise awareness and funds for Planned Parenthood. 

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Looking good, feeling good: A conversation with Beth Blendell

It's true, racing is hard. Whether you're looking to PR in the half-marathon or to qualify for Boston, taking it to the next level by increasing mileage and/or speed is challenging for runners at all levels. And while racing may be hard, it's what we do during training that helps us become better athletes. 

If you're thinking about setting big goals for your next race, you're going to love this Q&A. We caught up with Beth Blendell, a November Project co-leader, Boston Marathon qualifier, and running coach about her training routines, obstacles, and tips she has for runners looking to take on longer distances. 

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Find Meaning on The Run [A New Podcast by Alison Desir]

You may want to bring headphones on your next run because Alison Desir, the founder of Harlem Run and Run 4 All Women is launching a podcast. After fundraising over $103,000 and running 250 miles (relay style) from Harlem to the Women's March in Washington, D.C., the Run 4 All Women movement has been shaking up the running - and activism - scene.

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Watch This: Oiselle + Polartec | Birdstrike The Film

In its third year, The Speed Project attracted 150 runners from across the world to participate in a challenging 340-mile relay race from Santa Monica to Las Vegas. Oiselle, the women's running apparel brand, formed Birdstrike to take on the unsanctioned race. Below you'll find Birdstrike The Film, a 13-minute documentary that recaps the team's experience

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Track Workout: Ladder Intervals

Pace is personal. For some, making it through a run without stopping is an accomplishment to celebrate. For others, the celebration doesn't start until they've qualified for Boston. No matter what your intentions are, track workouts can help you become a stronger, faster runner to meet your running and fitness goals.This week's workout, Ladder Intervals, will help you maintain a tough pace and learn to dig deep during your next race. 

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7 Reasons We're Excited About FitRetreat 2017!

Ladies, it's that time of year again. City Fit Girls FitRetreat is back for it's 5th year! FitRetreat is a fun-filled day of fitness and wellness for women. Each year, we reach out to some of the best fitness trainers, instructors and wellness professionals to host 150 women in our community. This year, we're excited to announce that we've made a few changes and additions to the event (all good changes obviously). 

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How To Recover After A Workout or Run

Most athletes and fitness enthusiasts spend a lot of time training for their next big event or working out to see the best results. They do more reps, more laps, and add more pounds in hopes to see better results. Would you believe me if I told you that without recovering properly - even with all that training - you can hinder your body from becoming stronger and performing at your best? Bummer, I know. 

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How do I know my running pace?

Have you ever heard someone refer to their running pace but had no clue what they were talking about? We all have that one friend who wants to break a "10-minute mile" but what does that really mean? 

If you're new to running, it's important to learn about maintaining a "good" pace (or speed). Running increases demand on our bodies and we want to make sure we're not overdoing it by running so fast that it's hard for us to breathe. By controlling your pace, you may help prevent common issues like shortness of breath and in return, running will be more enjoyable.

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Are 'On' running shoes good for you?

You've seen them on the trails, at local races and in magazines. Some of your favorite Instagram athletes even wear them during their long runs. But even with all the buzz around these shoes, you may still be wondering if On running shoes are good for you. In this guide, we discuss the scoop on On running shoes and break down five of their popular models. 

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