by Dr. Sunny Leong
Who knew that I would meet my future spouse at a random Running Room hill training session on an August evening in 2014? I had never been much of a runner but I was getting ready to run my first half marathon in Edmonton. Misaki, on the other hand, was a running machine; she had run in 15 or more marathons before we met and had embraced running as a way to balance the rigours of graduate school. Continue reading “Love on a Hill”
by Bruce Bowen with apologies
to Clement C. Moore (the original author)
‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And I found it quite funny,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a Pace Bunny.
The sneakers were arranged by the fire with care
In hopes that John Stanton soon would be there. Continue reading “Running Room’s “A Night Before Christmas””
by Josh Lorenzo
When the temperatures are extreme, I head indoors to utilize the treadmill at my gym.
I have a favourite treadmill, even though all 4200 that my gym offers are the same. The one I prefer is perched on the second floor, in front of a tree, but with enough visibility for me to cast judgment on the individuals eating at the ice cream shop on the opposite side of the street. I’m 40 years old and have fully embraced my judgmental nature.
Inevitably, I set the timer for 10 minutes because: a) I hate running and b) I really hate running. Ten minutes allows me to commit to something without really having to commit to it, and if by chance I am feeling good after the time has expired, I can extend it. Actually, that happened once, seven years ago. I ran for 11 minutes that day. Continue reading “Life on the Treadmill”
by Simon Ong
It is difficult to fit every part of effective training—mileage, strength work, recovery, and nutrition—into our busy lives. There are many things that are out of your control, so the best approach is to take charge of things you can control right now. For example, you could cut back on your weekly mileage in order to balance your work schedule, get more sleep so your body can handle the training load, or adjust your goal to reflect your current work demands and family obligations. Continue reading “Work to Live, Live to Run”
by Kelsey Davidson
Now, I know, that you’ve been told to stretch just like you’ve been told to eat your vegetables but have you ever wondered why?
The best way to think about your muscles is like Play-Doh. We’ve all played with it and know how it transforms from a ball to a worm in no time, just like your muscles!
Continue reading “Your muscles are like Play-Doh”
by Kristi York
It’s the Thursday of my one-week vacation in my beloved cottage community. With the weekend and our departure approaching, I’m starting to feel emotional and know I need a run. My morning has gotten off to a slow start, though, and it’s already hot out there. Nevertheless, I jam my Running Room water bottle into its angled waist pack holder and head out.
For the first few minutes, nothing feels right. The waist pack is too loose, my shirt is too baggy, it’s too hot, and my legs feel stiff. I run out on to the concrete pier and focus instead on the beauty of the bay. The water is nearly flat to the left side, while the wind direction is making it choppy on the right. I yearn for some spray to land on me as the waves crash emphatically against the rocks. Continue reading “A Deer Friend”
by Josh Lorenzo
No offense, but I’m probably not going out for a run with you. My overall disdain for human beings supersedes my need for social interaction. Besides, it’s impossible to run and converse at the same time anyway. Something about the limitations of human physiology. I read it somewhere, probably on a Snapple bottle top. Snapple bottle tops have a lot of useful information.
Trust me, you don’t even want to run with me. Sure, I may look like I’m in good shape. My athleticism is pretty on point and I have what many in the field would call a runner’s body: tall, thin, sarcastic. Funny thing though; looks can be deceiving. To put it simply, I’m a terrible runner. Continue reading “Ran Over”