Recap: City Fit Girls Tried SLT - Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone (And It Was Tough!)

On Monday December 11th, we opted for an indoor sweating and goal setting session with our friends at SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone) in Philadelphia. SLT is a full body workout that is done with weighted springs (on a megaformer) that requires constant engagement of the core for 50 minutes. They have studios in New York City, Brooklyn, Boston, and more so you can try them out if you're not in the Philadelphia Region.

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Photo Recap: #ToTheStarbucks 5 Miler

If you ever needed motivation to wake up early on a Saturday morning and squeeze in a few miles, you know that turning your mileage into a destination run -- brunch, local coffee shop, Trader Joes? -- is a full proof way to get you out the door. For the second year in a row, a few women in our community decided to turn their Saturday morning destination run into a fun run for Philly's running community. 

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City Fit Girls x Lululemon: The Ghost Race Pt II

On Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 PM, City Fit Girls is teaming up with Lululemon and STRAVA to participate in the Ghost Race. In addition to running the course, we're going to be celebrating our run club's third birthday (Woooo!) with cake, ice cream, music and more. Last year, we had over 70 women run the course with City Fit Girls and we need you to show up to party with us again this year!

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Streak with City Fit Girls

Have you heard? We're challenging our fitness community to 31 straight days of physical activity throughout the month of August. 

City Fit Girls is all about inspiring, encouraging, uplifting and motivating other women to stay active and fit. We're using this streak not only to motivate ourselves, but to hold other women in our community accountable to reach their fitness goals. Because that's what girlfriends are for, am I right? 

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Let's have an honest conversation about money

I have a confession to make. I have a love/hate relationship with money. Maybe I should be more clear. I love spending money on experiences like traveling, happy hour, and balling out on Starbucks coffee during the workweek but I hate the way my checking account looks at the end of the month. 

Sometimes it interferes with my relationships, my performance at work, and my energy levels (which makes working out and running feel like a chore even though it’s a stress reliever). Just looking at my monthly student loan statements makes me want to crawl into a box. 

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"No Meat Athlete" - Is It Right For Me?

With more and more people adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet, it leaves us wondering, “Is this right for me?” Various athletes, even up to the elite level, are implementing these routines while still excelling in their respective sports. For example, ultra-marathon runner Scott Jurek has embraced a vegan lifestyle, and recently set a world record for running all 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 46 days, eight hours, and seven minutes. Yikes.

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Here's the scoop (pun intended) on Picky Oats

If you workout in the morning, you know the importance of fueling after a tough session. Whether you're lifting weights, taking Zumba, running or cycling, our body needs nutrients to help recover and make it through the work day. Besides avocado toast (don't judge me), my favorite go-to breakfast is oatmeal. I usually load it up with peanut-butter, cinnamon, apples and whatever else I have on hand to make it more filling.

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Sunshine Chasers [A New Podcast by Amanda Folk]

Ever wonder what it would be like to spend your vacation days visiting the national parks? Or maybe you've caught the wanderlust bug and you've been thinking about ditching your 9-5 for a freelance gig in Central America.

Whatever your travel goals are, you're going to love the Sunshine Chasers podcast by Amanda Folk. Whether you listen on your long run or your rest day, Amanda and her podcast guests will definitely inspire you to book your next flight (or at least browse AirBnB for travel inspiration). 

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Track Workout: Up the ladder, down the ladder

This week, we're back with a new track (or treadmill) workout to help you increase speed, power and/or switch up your regular treadmill routine. A few months ago, we introduced you to the traditional ladder workout. This week, we're increasing the challenge with an "Up the ladder, down the ladder" workout. This workout will help you increase speed, build mental toughness and help you dig deep when it's time to finish your next race strong. 

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5 Reasons We're Excited about the Runner's World Half & Festival

A few months ago, we posted a list of upcoming fall races that you should look out for. If you're still looking for a fall 5K, 10K, half-marathon or trail race, you may be interested in the Runner's World Half & Festival kicking off in Bethlehem, PA on October 20, 2017. 

We're excited to announce that all City Fit Girls receive a discount on their race entry fee! If that's not enough to get you excited about the race, check out our 5 reasons to get excited.  

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City Fit Girls' Guide To FitRetreat 2017

Can you believe FitRetreat weekend is finally here?! If you're anything like us, you're pumped about this weekend's workouts, talks and workshops. Whether you're looking to learn about mobility, grow your own brand, or spend all morning doing yoga, there's something for you to do at FitRetreat! Below, you'll find tips to help you make the most of your day. 

As a reminder, FitRetreat 2017 is completely sold out! This guide was written for women with tickets to our 5th annual event! 

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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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