Your Race Day Questions–Answered

by John Stanton

At race expos, I frequently field questions from first-time marathoners and half marathoners. I look forward to these interactions and I’m always happy to provide answers and encouragement. Prior to a race, it is completely normal to feel a combination of excitement and nervousness. Asking questions is a great way to ease any concerns and get helpful tips from experienced racers. Here’s my best advice for your next race.

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Visualization

by John Stanton

As you prepare for a marathon, it can be helpful to imagine the experience in advance. Read on for a sample play-by-play of a marathon race.

After months of self-discipline and hard training, it is the morning of the marathon. You are rested and well hydrated. At the start line, some runners are silent and pensive while others are laughing and joking. There is a mixture of nervous adrenaline and anticipation all around you.

The horn sounds and you are off. At first, it is more of a shuffle than a run as laughter and noise fill the air. You hear a mixture of race chatter, both from the runners and the people lining the course at the start. Continue reading “Visualization”

Race Giving

Race: Heritage Law Offices presents Big Gifts for Little Lives 5K Walk/Run
Charity: Big Gifts for Little Lives
Funds raised to date: $105,000

by Lindsey Kemp

Big Gifts for Little Lives was founded in 2017 by Lindsey Kemp after she found out her five-month-old son, George, was in heart failure and was going to need a heart transplant. While her son was waiting for a heart, Lindsey organized a 5K Walk/Run and silent auction where, because of generous sponsorship, 100% of the donations went towards Pediatric Heart Transplant Research at the Stollery to hopefully one day find a cure. Many people do not realize that any type of transplant is not a cure. Pediatric hearts only last about 15 to 20 years. And because this is such a niche area in medicine, funding for research is imperative. Continue reading “Race Giving”

Instructor Profile/Ian Hunter–Slater Street, Ottawa, ON

by Justin Wall

As the Slater Street Running Room’s incumbent Ottawa Marathon training program co-instructor, Ian consistently displays the qualities we all look for in a mentor. His years of running experience—many of which were spent right here in our store—make him an invaluable wealth of information for even the most seasoned athletes. With his kind heart and genuine compassion for others, our Run Clubbers see him as a mentor, even when he’s not formally coaching. Continue reading “Instructor Profile/Ian Hunter–Slater Street, Ottawa, ON”

Here’s to Strong Women!

Love, you.

The 2019 SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women program raised $2.5 million for 17 women’s mental health initiatives across Canada. These programs have helped thousands of women manage the challenges that come with mental health illnesses such as depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and post-partum depression. It takes a lot of heart to care for your mind. Thank you to the over 26,000 who participated, who donated, and who came out to cheer on the all the runners and walkers. We would also like thank our Run for Women sponsor Shoppers Drug Mart® for donating $10 per registrant and raising the majority of funds through events in your stores. We hope that more Canadians will use exercise as a great way to manage mental health. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Continue reading “Here’s to Strong Women!”

What Nutritional Choices Should Runners Make to Help Them “Stay Regular?”

by Tara Postnikoff

Consuming dietary fibre will help runners have regular daily bowel movements. Fibre can help normalize bowel movements and provides the bulk to keep them well-formed (not too loose and not too hard).

What foods contain fibre?
Fibre is a component of carbohydrates that provides little caloric value or energy as it passes through the digestive tract without being absorbed. It is commonly found in the skins of fruits and vegetables and the outer coat of grains, lentils, legumes, nuts and seeds. One of the main benefits of fibre is promoting a healthy colon and good intestinal function. Fibre also helps with the elimination of waste products from the body and promotes a healthy gut biome by giving the “good” gut bacteria something to feed on. Continue reading “What Nutritional Choices Should Runners Make to Help Them “Stay Regular?””

Why the Marathon?

When you mention running a marathon to a group of non-runners, they may shake their heads in disbelief and ask: “Why?”

There are many meaningful reasons that runners and walkers choose to tackle 42.2K. For some, it’s a “bucket list” item. For others, it’s a chance to mark a significant occasion like a birthday, anniversary or family reunion. It can be an ambitious challenge you tackle with a friend, or an exciting element of an overseas vacation. It can be a way to honour someone close to you or raise funds for a cause you care about. Continue reading “Why the Marathon?”