Avoid the “Dreadmill” Effect

by John Stanton

 For some, the idea of treadmill running conjures up expectations of monotony and boredom—but that doesn’t have to be the case. As with any run, a positive experience starts with a bit of planning, some knowledge of the logistics and a sense ofcommitment. Here are some tips to help you avoid the “dreadmill” effect and get the most out of your treadmill workout. Continue reading “Avoid the “Dreadmill” Effect”

Baldish Toor / Whitby, ON

by Annie Tiffin

Baldish Toor started with the Whitby Running Room in 1999, joining the Learn to Run program primarily to impress a runner she had her eye on dating. She fell in love with him, and after tackling the impossible task and unbearable pain of one minute of running, she fell in love with running. She still detests the first few kilometres of every run, but once she settles in, she can keep putting one foot in front of the other for, as it turns out, a very long time. Continue reading “Baldish Toor / Whitby, ON”

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”

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”

“Learn to Run” Training Program was my first success

by Rosemarie James

Imagine running an errand to purchase fish for a family super and you end up running a marathon! Well, believe it or not this is not a fish tale because it happened to me! Three years ago, on a September evening, I became a member of the Running Room, located in Churchill Square, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Continue reading ““Learn to Run” Training Program was my first success”

Irene, You’ll be Forever Missed!

by Sara Lavigne and Nancy Laythorpe

It all started with a simple phone call to my friend Sara “do you want to join the Running Room?” Who would have thought that we’d be running _ Marathons now. I just wanted to start doing something, having just finished school I had a lot of free time on my hands and I knew Sara had run with the Running Room in Toronto and just had William, her now 2-year-old son. So we thought what a better way to spend some time together. We didn’t know what was in store for us. Continue reading “Irene, You’ll be Forever Missed!”

Inspiring Me?

by Ted Swain

Running became my choice for cardiovascular fitness and weight loss for purely practical reasons, certainly not from any memories of a love affair with running. While I had been active in sports in my youth, I was also profoundly unsuccessful in any of them, always vying with the totally inactive nerd for the honor of being picked last for any pickup teams going. My biggest running accomplishment as a kid was to win a third place ribbon in the 100 yard dash at a school track meet. Of course, there were only three runners in the event. Yes, I’m old enough to remember races run in yards and I was never fit enough to tackle any longer distances. Continue reading “Inspiring Me?”