Why Race?

by Lawrence Xie

Although my collegiate running career ended nearly half a decade ago, I can still feel the cycles of the running seasons as they pass. It leads me to wonder: “Why do we race at all?”

On the surface, the most obvious reason for running is the fitness and health benefit. Serious training does make the physical demands of normal life seem trivial in comparison, when stairs can be bounded with ease and when one can save time by comfortably jogging without fatigue. However, at competitive levels, injuries are inescapable. Every collegiate runner I have known has been injured at one point or another through training. When an injury occurs, it is difficult to view running as a “healthy” activity and the unfortunate athlete is reminded of his impairment whenever he sees others being active. Given the prevalence of injuries, I conclude that health is not a strong enough motive to train at high intensity. Continue reading “Why Race?”

Who’d Have Thought?

by Tracy Vlaming

In January 2017, I started a healthy eating plan to lose some weight and wanted to add some activity as well. In March, I joined the Learn to Run training program at Newmarket Running Room. At the first session, I was both excited and nervous. We started our intervals at running for two minutes and walking for one. I did it that night but was a bit winded. I couldn’t even imagine running for three minutes straight the next week. Continue reading “Who’d Have Thought?”

Outcome and Process Goals

Reaching a goal is difficult. We start off with the best intentions, highly motivated to reach our goal, whether it involves learning to run, finishing a marathon, or something else. There are times where we lose the fire we had at the beginning and don’t achieve the desired results. Other times, we go into a training plan or on a run without a specific goal, and we wind up doing better than we ever could have hoped. What separates success from failure in our running goals?

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Wearable Technology

by Dr. Reed Ferber, Ph.D. CAT(C)

It has been reported that 88% of runners who participated in official road races in the last two years have used wearable technology and/or running-related apps for training optimization and distance recording.Interestingly, over half of all runners who use a wearable sensor reported “mileage tracking” and “injury prevention” as the top two main reasons why they had such devices. In fact, for both 2016 and 2017, wearable technology was the number one worldwide fitness trend. Devices such as basic activity trackers, smartwatches with heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices are found on nearly every runner. Continue reading “Wearable Technology”

Full Circle

by Matt Diederichs

Thirty-five years ago, I was in grade six and preparing with my school team for the5th annual Edmonton Journal Indoor Games. Mr. Ewasiuk would be there to let us in early and run in the hallways before school started. After the preliminary races, my 8 x 200 metre relay team made it to the finals. We went on to win the relay competition by two-tenths of a second. My first gold medal! Continue reading “Full Circle”