Resolution Run

by Jessie Macdonald

The 33rd Annual Resolution Run witnessed over 12,000 participants in 52 locations across Canada and the United States brave the relatively chilly to extremely cold temperatures this year. St. John’s overcame snow flurries, Toronto’s event staff shoveled 700 metres of a side loop to clear the way, and Abbotsford came together and sanded an alternate route after a treacherous ice storm. In a great show of perseverance, participants battled the elements together and crossed the finish line with frosty faces and high spirits. This year, a 1K race was added so that eager young children could run a race of their own. Continue reading “Resolution Run”

Active Vacation Tips

by Don Zabloski

Family vacations lead to new adventures and traditions that will enhance your family conversations and memories for years to come.

A vacation can also be a time to enhance everyone’s physical literacy skills by planning active adventures or trying new activities and sports. For example, you can walk or hike into a rainforest; swim, snorkel, or scuba dive with marine life; ride a zipline above the treetops; or ski (downhill or cross-country) over new terrain. The experience may help your family members realize how capable they are of handling new challenges. Continue reading “Active Vacation Tips”

Back to Square One

by Simon Ong

For many runners, a new year means setting new goals, whether it involves starting a new running program or aiming for a new distance. Ever since I laced up my running shoes at the Country Hills Running Room, I have continued to set goals and worked very hard to make them a reality. The road to success is never easy, and there are many setbacks along the way. Setbacks include taking a break from running due to health reasons, losing motivation or becoming injured. Continue reading “Back to Square One”

Blank Space

by Kathy Carter

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions—seriously, how many are made and broken by January 2nd? So, I’ve been stewing about what to write in that blank space ever since I picked up my run packet a few days ago. I could, of course, go with a running theme, vowing to set a new PB for 5K or run my first full marathon. Both of those seemed just a bit cliché. So, despite the -22°C temperature, I geared up in multiple layers and went for a run today, hoping for inspiration on this cold New Year’s Eve. Continue reading “Blank Space”

Plantar Fasciitis

by Dr. Richard Beauchamp, M.D., FRCSC

The “plantar” surface refers to the sole of the foot, while fascia is tough, fibrous tissue with no active muscle. The plantar fascia serves as a connecting structure from the back of the foot (at the heel bone) to the front (at the toes). It supports the arch and assists in the biomechanics of walking and running. Although the suffix “itis” suggests inflammation, the plantar fascia has a limited blood supply so inflammatory changes are minimal. A more appropriate name for this ailment would actually be plantar tendonopathy. Continue reading “Plantar Fasciitis”

What Your Running Shoes are Trying to Tell You

by John Stanton

If your running shoes could talk, think of the stories they’d tell. While you’re probably grateful that they can’t share the play-by-play of the time you stepped in goose droppings, your well-worn shoes do have a lot to say about what kind of runner you are. Before you purchase a new pair, give your old shoes a proper once-over to learn more about your running style.

Remove your pair of “old faithfuls” and follow these steps. Continue reading “What Your Running Shoes are Trying to Tell You”

Does coffee have any nutritional value?

by Tara Postnikoff

A: At the end of 2017, coffee grabbed the media spotlight once again as the result of an “umbrella review” about coffee consumption and health, published in the British Medical Journal. The author looked at the meta-analysis of both observational and interventional studies to look for associations between coffee consumption and positive health outcomes. The resulting media buzz was big, with headlines like this one in The Globe and Mail: “Drinking three cups of coffee per day tied to health benefits.” Continue reading “Does coffee have any nutritional value?”