Alison Jamieson’s Podcast Picks

I have been listening to podcasts for years, so it was natural that when I did start running four years ago, I would bring them along. I can be fussy about what music I listen to. My runs are often interrupted when I listen to music, as I skip songs searching for ones that match my mood or pace. With podcasts, I can choose one and go. I choose a podcast– from 20 minutes to over two hours– depending on the distance and my mood. There is a podcast on every imaginable topic whether you want to be entertained or keep up with current events. Often, I’ll get to the end of a run and the podcast isn’t finished; this is always a good reminder that I am not finished either, so I will leave it on while I stretch and foam roll.  Continue reading “Alison Jamieson’s Podcast Picks”

The Reward of the TCS New York City Marathon

by Stephen Price

For most of us, running started out as a passive hobby. It was something to do to burn a few extra calories, to maintain a particular level of fitness, or, to ward off an upcoming birthday. Our goals were to run for 10 minutes straight or perhaps finish a local 5K race. But then, something amazing happened.

It’s easy enough to discredit the next stage of our running as simply getting the “running bug”, or perhaps discovering our competitive edge. But it was truly more than that; what happened was that we discovered something deep inside. We discovered that we are extremely capable, our bodies very adaptive, and that there is an athlete inside every one of us. Continue reading “The Reward of the TCS New York City Marathon”

This fall, what are some healthy eating tips with seasonal foods?

by Tara Postnikoff

Fall is a transitional season. For runners, it is typically the start of the second race season of the year, especially for long distance runners. If fall is your race season, you may need to increase your caloric intake to match your training schedule. That said, our bodies are programmed to put on a bit of extra weight at this time of year to prepare for the colder months ahead, so be careful not to overdo it. Continue reading “This fall, what are some healthy eating tips with seasonal foods?”

Ultimate Guide to Knee Pain for Runners: So You Can Run Faster and Longer

by Mitchell Starkman

 Alright! It’s time to talk all about the knee, and more specifically, knee pain. When it comes to knee pain Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is by far one of the most common knee problems for runners diagnosed by health care providers. This condition can go by other names such as  Anterior Knee Pain Syndrome and Iliotibial Band Syndrome (aka IT Band Syndrome). So to keep things simple, we are going to refer to all of these conditions in our Ultimate Guide as simply Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. Continue reading “Ultimate Guide to Knee Pain for Runners: So You Can Run Faster and Longer”

Forgive Me, I’m in the Zone

by Kristi York

I’d like to extend an open apology to the residents of my neighbourhood (or anywhere else I may happen to be running).

Since I became a mom, running has been less about training for a specific event, and more of a brief reprieve from my daily parenting routine. While I genuinely love being home with my two boys, there are times when the ongoing cycle of wiping kitchen counters, wiping away spills, wiping runny noses, and wiping up diaper messes leaves me feeling, well, wiped. Continue reading “Forgive Me, I’m in the Zone”

Trail Running 101

Adding variety to your running keeps you mentally fresh, and trail running might be the next big thing for you to try. The cross-training effect of hills, the challenge of uneven surfaces and the sheer beauty of the trail can have an uplifting effect on your training. Be an explorer and discover a new part of your city or province. Think of each trail run as an adventure where you improve both your mental and physical well-being. Continue reading “Trail Running 101”