by Chris Bonyun
The Running Room teaches a “SMART” approach to goal setting, but sometimes goals come from somewhere else. In 2017, my goals were based on a deeply personal, irrational and obsessive drive to get my life back. And, on December 31st, I showed myself that I’m well on my way with my fastest 5K of the year, in the bitterly cold weather of the Ottawa Resolution Run. Continue reading “Getting My Life Back”
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”
by Kristoffer Pedlar
For me, running is a passion and an exercise in mental health. It has taught me many things about the world and myself. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from running. Continue reading “Running Lessons”
by Ben-Zion Caspi
Twenty years ago, approaching half-century age, living a completely sedentary life style, and having hard time climbing stairs, a decision was made: my way of life had to change dramatically.
I needed a goal and made a hefty one: to run a marathon at the age of 50. Continue reading “Me, an Athlete?”
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”
by Dr. Richard Beauchamp, M.D., FRCSC
There are many reasons why a runner hurts after running. The more obvious ones include training errors, repetitive stress syndromes, lactic acid retention, improper shoe wear, and anatomical conditions. What about age, though? Continue reading “Masters and Beyond”
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”
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”
by Tara Postnikoff
Sugar comes in many forms and goes by many names (see sidebar). Weknow there is sugar in sweets, desserts,baked goods, syrups and sodas. However, there are also products that contain unexpected added sugar, such as cereal, yogurt, canned fruits and vegetables, sauces and soups.
Continue reading “How can I check the sugar content of the foods I’m buying?”