Our Method

Whether you’re about to begin running with the start of the New Year or your goal is to work your way up to a marathon, a mix of walk intervals will be good for you. For beginners, walking before running is a gentle and progressive way to start. Depending on your age, overall health and current level of fitness, walking is a safe and productive activity choice. Think of a regular walking routine as pre-conditioning before embarking on a running program. For someone who has been sedentary, it is much less intimidating to walk than to jump straight to a continuous running program. Start with walking every other day for 20 minutes at a time. Continue reading “Our Method”

We Are Winter

by John Stanton

Winter running builds character, and our Canadian winters offer character-building opportunities galore. There’s nothing quite like running on a winter morning under a crisp blue sky or heading out in the evening as delicate snowflakes float gently around you. or all its beauty, winter running and walking can also present a few practical challenges. Here are my best winter running tips. Continue reading “We Are Winter”

Reasons to Love the Half Marathon

by John Stanton

Running or walking a half marathon is no small feat—it requires physical preparation and mental endurance. I am amazed when I hear race participants say: “I’m just doing the half marathon.”

Breaking news: the half marathon generally begins at the same start line and ends at the same finish line. You earn a medal, get a new race shirt and best of all, recover twice as fast as the full marathon runners. At marathon weekends across Canada, the 21.1K consistently draws more participants than the 42.2K. Continue reading “Reasons to Love the Half Marathon”

Trail Running 101

Adding variety to your running keeps you mentally fresh, and trail running might be the next big thing for you to try. The cross-training effect of hills, the challenge of uneven surfaces and the sheer beauty of the trail can have an uplifting effect on your training. Be an explorer and discover a new part of your city or province. Think of each trail run as an adventure where you improve both your mental and physical well-being. Continue reading “Trail Running 101”

Giving Thanks for Our Volunteers

by John Stanton

At one time running races occurred primarily in the spring and fall—not so now. A review of the race calendar provides a glimpse into a plethora of races on any given weekend across North America. Runs, walks and races are growing at a rapid rate serving a variety of fine charities and engaging people to sign up, if not for their personal wellness, for their person cause. Continue reading “Giving Thanks for Our Volunteers”

Back to Basics

by John Stanton

Just in time for back-to-school season, here is a review of the three main components of your running program.

Base Training
In our Running Room training programs, the primary emphasis is on building an endurance base. Base training prepares the cardiovascular system to better handle the demands of exercise and will train the specific muscles involved to go the distance. The heart will become stronger and more efficient at delivering oxygenated blood to the muscles; in turn, the muscles will be more efficient at utilizing oxygen for energy and have better resistance to muscular fatigue. These training adaptations lead to enhanced aerobic fitness. Continue reading “Back to Basics”

Why Run?

by John Stanton

Running, at any age and any pace, can have a dramatic and positive effect on multiple areas of your life. Consider this my sales pitch for running.

Physical and Health Benefits
It is well known that running makes your body healthier, enhancing your overall fitness, wellness and longevity. Running improves endurance while building stronger muscles, bones and joints. Appropriately challenging your cardiovascular system will result in better heart health and a lower risk of many health problems. Running can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight, as it burns fat and raises your metabolic rate. Following a running program can also lead to making healthier food choices, as you begin to perceive yourself as an athlete who needs top-quality fuel.
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Hydration Orientation

by John Stanton

Now that summer has finally arrived, you’ll need to start paying closer attention to your hydration needs, especially in hot weather conditions.

Water is essential in all seasons for regulating your body temperature, transporting glucose and other nutrients to your cells, and removing waste products. All these processes suffer when water intake is inadequate, and dehydration can occur. Left unchecked, dehydration will hinder your physical performance and can be dangerous to your overall health. Allow me to clear up a few questions about fluid intake, to save you from any hydration frustration. Continue reading “Hydration Orientation”