A Goal & a Half

by Meg Freer

I was nearing age 45, pregnant with my third child and, although not overweight, certainly not athletic or a runner in any way. For some reason, pregnancy hormones gave me the crazy desire to run a half marathon someday. I delivered my baby in the hospital and ended up having to stay a few days until my blood pressure went down. I had a beautiful view of Lake Ontario, and on the last Sunday of April I watched a steady stream of people run along the waterfront path all morning. At some point, I realized they were in a race. I didn’t know anything about racing, but I thought to myself that I wanted to do whatever they were doing. When I found out the race was the half marathon event at the annual Limestone Race Weekend, I remembered my prenatal desire to run my own half, and this became my goal. Continue reading “A Goal & a Half”

Half Marathon in Prague

by Kieu Dung

When my wife proposed that we take our vacation in Eastern Europe, I immediately started researching races. There were no races in Prague in September 2017 but I found one in Usti Nad Labem, a two-hour train ride from Prague. According to the information on the RunCzech website, the course was flat and it was a road circuit; the race took place in afternoon. This last detail gave me the motivation I needed to register since I would have plenty of time to make the trip to Usti Nad Labem and prepare myself for the race. Continue reading “Half Marathon in Prague”

The Secret Marathon 3K

by Kathryn McKenzie

Do you feel safe where you run? No one should have to feel scared when they run, so we’re launching a race to celebrate everyone’s right to be free to run.

I ran my first marathon in Afghanistan, but that wasn’t where I felt the most scared while running. Surprisingly, it was in Canada. It was one of those days when everything takes longer than you expect and my run got pushed back later and later in the day until I was finally lacing up my shoes long after the sun had already set. I sent a quick text to let my husband know where I would be running and set off into the dark. Continue reading “The Secret Marathon 3K”

6 Ways to be More Active as a Family in the Winter

by Don Zabloski

At this time of year, we should all be celebrating our personal and family-related achievements, while looking forward to another active year. Our physical activity levels are relevant to the success of our daily personal routines and our roles at home, school, work and in the community. Here are some ideas to keep your family moving this winter: Continue reading “6 Ways to be More Active as a Family in the Winter”

Running for Love

by Craig Plath

I have always had a love-hate relationship with running. The problem is that I’m slow, could never pace myself very well and generally gave up too easily. Three years ago, I decided to get serious about my health and run more consistently, even through the winter months. Every fall, I ran in a 5K charity race called the Zombie Run and was starting to show moderate improvements. While the race was a challenge, I always finished and thought that was good enough. Continue reading “Running for Love”

It’s Okay to Look Back

by Kelsey Davidson

Lately I’ve seen many articles and social media posts talking about moving forward, and how you should “never look back.” I’m here to rebel against that mentality, and suggest that looking back can be a good thing.

Your life may have sped up to an uncontrollable pace, to the point where you find yourself asking: “What did I do yesterday?” You’ve been fed the message that slowing down, pausing or looking back will hinder your success. But it’s exactly the opposite. That’s why I’m asking you to look back. Continue reading “It’s Okay to Look Back”