Karen Lacey / St. John’s, NL

I never thought I would be a runner, let alone a running coach! I was diagnosed at age 18 with Crohn’s Disease and didn’t think running was something I would be able to do. In 2006, my mother (who is also a Running Room instructor) ran her first marathon in Ireland and inspired me to start running. In the beginning, I struggled to run for a minute then walk for a minute, but I thought if she could do it, I could do it. The following year I ran my first race, the Tely 10, and I haven’t looked back. Continue reading “Karen Lacey / St. John’s, NL”

How to Taper For a Race Without Losing Your Mind

If you’re preparing for a spring marathon or half marathon, the week leading up to the race can be an exciting yet confusing time. You’ve worked hard and done all the training, but as the big day approaches, you’re being instructed to barely run at all. This pre-race process is called tapering, and it’s intended
to conserve your energy and set you up for a positive outcome on race day. Continue reading “How to Taper For a Race Without Losing Your Mind”

Is Hill Training Really Necessary?

Some runners view hill training the same way kids view eating green vegetables: they know it’s good for them, but they can’t muster up any enthusiasm for it. Does every runner have to do hill training? Not necessarily. Your training plan should be personalized to your needs and goals. Some runners are perfectly satisfied with their running routine without tackling any hills. Running on flat terrain is still a wonderful way to build your fitness level and endurance. However, if you’re preparing for a race with a hilly course or you’re trying to achieve a personal best time in a given distance, hill training is a proven way to challenge yourself, strengthen your running muscles and rev up your cardiovascular system. Here is a re-cap of the ins and outs (or should I say, ups and downs) of hill training. Continue reading “Is Hill Training Really Necessary?”

Why do runners tend to crave sweet and salty foods?

by Tara Postnikoff

Food cravings can stem from emotional, mental, and physical factors. How many times have you seen a commercial where someone is happily walking down the street with friends, holding a coffee cup… and you immediately want a latte so you can feel the same? That’s an emotional response, and it’s best not to give into these frequently. Continue reading “Why do runners tend to crave sweet and salty foods?”

Fractured Fibula

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

The fibula is the bone on the outside of the leg and is the smaller of the two bones of the lower leg (the other is the tibia or shin bone). The tibia handles most of the weight bearing responsibilities while the fibula contributes to the stability of the knee and ankle joints. The fibula keeps the ankle joint in line and helps, along with the ligaments, to prevent ankle sprains. Continue reading “Fractured Fibula”

I Don’t Like Running

by Stephen Poupart

I don’t like running. There, I said it—and on a running website to boot!

Why on earth would I choose a running website as a place to share this thought? This website is filled with inspirational stories about people who defy the couch and substitute running or walking for (insert vice or life deficiency here) in order to find a sense of meaning and balance in their lives. Continue reading “I Don’t Like Running”

Movement Mapping

by Dr. Reed Ferber, Ph.D. CAT(C)

“Running safety is an example of an important topic for women in particular,” says Marion Hart, the For Women Only training program instructor at Winnipeg’s Regent Avenue store. “We talk about ways to ‘run smart’, such as letting someone know when and where you’re running, carrying a phone and identification with you, and not running alone at night.” Continue reading “Movement Mapping”

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”