5 Spring Races to Sign-Up for Now

by: Kelly Leighton
January 21, 2015
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Training through winter isn’t always the easiest. It’s cold, it’s snowing, it’s icy, it’s windy, I hate the treadmill, and so on.

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However, one of the best ways to motivate myself to keep training through the winter is to sign-up for races. I know I want to do well, and I know I need to train to do so, so it usually gets my butt out the door.

Locally, we have a ton of great races, but here are five — from a 5K to a marathon — in the first half of 2015 that should motivate you to sign-up , fork over some cash and get yourself trained and to the starting line.

Chambersburg Half Marathon, Chambersburg, March 7

This is one of the few local-ish half marathons in the spring. Unfortunately, I am out of town that weekend, otherwise, I would be signing up for a few hours of hilly fun. Be warned, I have heard from multiple people that this is a challenging half. However, it’s perfect if you are running a later spring marathon. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Or something.

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The Capital Area 10-Miler, Harrisburg, March 29

Now in its fifth year, the only local 10-mile race benefits local art community. The course, which begins on City Island, takes runners through Shipoke, along the Susquehanna River, including parts of the Greenbelt, and even includes a quick trip over the Harvey Taylor Bridge (my favorite bridge to run over for whatever reason). Last year, we ran in freezing temperatures, with pouring rain and hail. It was quite the experience, and I can only hope for significantly better weather this year. If you sign up before March 8, it will only cost you $35.

Hershey 10K, Hershey, April 11

For whatever reason, 10Ks are sparse locally, and this one fills up quickly. The course takes runners on Hersheypark Drive through Hershey Park. If you are looking to take a step up from 5Ks, this 6.2 miler is the perfect opportunity.

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Jersey Mike 5K, Harrisburg, April 18

This is the most fun you will have after a 5K, that is for sure. It’s the perfect 5K for a novice or a seasoned runner because it’s extremely laid back, and also a blast. Stick around for the after-party. It is not to be missed. And what’s better than spending the morning running and the afternoon sipping brews with some newfound running friends? I can’t think of much.

York Marathon, York, May 17

Formerly known as the Bob Potts Marathon, which was extremely popular with local runners, the York Marathon will begin on city streets before taking runners on the Rail to Trail. Limited to only 600 runners, better to sign up sooner rather than later! Registration opens February 1, and is only $60 until the end of the month. I am super disappointed I won’t be here for it, but maybe next year!

What are you running this spring?

Morning Routine: How I Start My Day

by: Sara Bozich
January 19, 2015
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What is now a few years ago, Kelly suggested that each of us share a “Day in the Life” post, documenting a typical day for each of us. It’s something she enjoys reading on health blogs, and I, too, have found them interesting.

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Every week, I think, “I should do a cleanse.” Then I wake up and think, “I really want a coffee.”

I wrote an early draft when I was still working full-time, which I’d still love to share even though it no longer applies. Working for oneself, especially from home, poses a number of challenges. Some fellow entrepreneurs (do you know some people say “solopreneur”? Can we please stop making up words for things that already exist?) and I were swapping some tips one day on how to manage time (my worst trait) and key “rules” that help us get by.

When I first quit my day job, I was met with some uncertainty from friends and even my parents, but in general most people were supportive. It’s probably hard to understand what I really do every day because odds are, you’re only seeing portions of it, whether it’s attending a Happy Hour or one of my 4-6 monthly pieces for PennLive or the weekly Weekend Roundup (the most labor-intensive post each week).

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On the other hand, my husband observed that some people seemed to have been waiting for me to get here and fully embraced it. Please know I am grateful for all your support.

Contrary to what one might expect from a “nightlife” writer, I’m a morning person — always have been. I can blame Mom for that. “Miss the morning, miss the day!” she would chirp to sleepy teenagers.

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I get up every day between 5:30-6:30 6-7 a.m. (I’ve been trying to “sleep in” a little lately), let out the dog, feed the animals, make coffee, drink my water + ACV, take a multi. I put the dog back to bed (he sleeps in with Andy ’til about 8 a.m.) and shuffle in here to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.

I catch up on email in a particular order, starting with social, the promotions, then updates — where I’ll dive into TheSkimm, which keeps me abreast of national and global news so I don’t miss a thing. (You can sign-up here and should. Free, plus chances to win stuff.) HuffPo’s morning email comes a bit later, and I’ll skim that to see what else is going on, including a snippet of pop culture/celeb gossip so I know who the heck people are talking about.

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4 New Must-Try Beers – Winter 2015 Edition

by: Tierney Pomone
January 16, 2015
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One of the best parts about starting a new year is all the new beer that comes with it. I am always looking for something new and exciting to put in my glass and then tell you all about. I swear it’s research. While I may not get to try them all, I’m definitely looking forward to a few new brews coming out soon.

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

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Originally brewed in response to the tsunami in Japan back in 2011, Japanese Green IPA is brewed in collaboration with Baird (based in Japan) and Ishii Brewing (based in Guam). Stone is bringing this beer back and while it isn’t exactly “new,” the re-brew version will be a little different. This time around the IPA will be brewed with Helga hops from Australia in lieu of the original Pacifica hops from New Zealand due to the rareness of these hops at this time. Japanese Sencha Green tea was also added and four additional hops beyond just the Pacifica. The brew will come in at 10.1% making it a sipper just like your tea.

Victory Brewing Deep Cocoa Porter

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Dear Victory, thank you for making something that isn’t another IPA. Love, Tierney. Keep an eye out for Victory Brewing’s Deep Cocoa Porter in 750mL bottles in early February. Brewed with cocoa nibs, expect a real treat with flavors including caramel, roasted barley, and of course chocolate. At 8.5% ABV you can keep this one for yourself or share it with a friend, the choice is yours.

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA

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Here’s a new dose of the dank for all you hop heads out there. Meet Sierra Nevada’s new year-round brew Hop Hunter IPA. Hop Hunter IPA features oil from wet hops that are steam distilled in the hop field, minutes after harvesting. For the first time ever, the wet-hop character can be experienced year-round. This hop essence is used alongside traditional hops to create the ultimate IPA experience. Sounds juicy and delicious.

Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout

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I’m really sad to admit that I keep forgetting about Weyerbacher, which is a shame because they have such great beers. The new Sunday Morning Stout is no different. I’m sucker for coffee stouts, especially those that are bourbon barrel aged, and I was so excited to try this that I had it as my first beer at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp this summer. The deets on this beer are forthcoming at this time, but what I do know is that it will be 11.8% ABV and that the sample that I had this past summer was velvety with rich roasted coffee flavors with a hint of vanilla. It’s definitely the way I want to start my Sunday mornings.

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Weekend Roundup 1/15

by: Sara Bozich
January 15, 2015
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It’s been a crazy week, and I was lucky enough to get some downtime with a great friend last night, so I’m feeling somewhat refreshed this morning.

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Soon, I’m headed off to BodyFlow (yoga-ish) ahead of some meetings, which I’ve decided will conclude with dinner at Garlic Poet. I was hoping to make it to Susquehanna Girls’ Pint Out at Al’s, but sadly, I have too much work to do — planning on making their next event at Troegs instead.

Tomorrow, Intern Jimi and I are heading to Ephrata for a miniature bar tour (oh yeah we’re stopping at Troegs first, of course!), followed by a celebratory Happy Hour that I believe is starting at the Subway Cafe (yum!).

Saturday morning, you can hear me LIVE with Bruce Bond (as we do each week) from 9 a.m. to noon on 92.1 WTPA. Like us here, follow along — we may even share your comments on the air!

Afterwards, Andy is whisking me off to Frederick, Md. for an overnight anniversary treat.

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning during the 7  o’clock hour to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”

What are you doing this weekend? 

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