New Year, New Challenge

by Jane Cleroux

At the start of 2018, I discovered that the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon would be taking place on October 22—my birthday. On
impulse, I registered for the half marathon. At the time, I was only running three to five kilometres, so I had no idea where to start.

I always saw myself as a solo runner, although when I saw groups of runners around town, I thought it would be fun to run with them one day. I decided to finally take the first step and walked into the Orleans Running Room. Immediately, I was welcomed by a charismatic staff member who was more than willing to answer my questions. I was also offered information about the Running Room training programs. I went home, researched the pace groups and tried to figure out which one was right for me. I decided on the 2:45 group and signed up for my first half marathon program. Continue reading “New Year, New Challenge”

Dealing With Darkness

by John Stanton

In the winter, daylight is a precious commodity. Many of us experience the daily challenge of leaving the house when it’s dark and returning after the sun has already set. However, with proper planning and a positive attitude, you can maintain your fitness and still enjoy your training. Here are some suggestions to help you dodge the darkness.

Get out there during the day.
Take advantage of the daylight as much as possible. If your schedule is flexible, prioritize your run in the mid-morning or early afternoon. If you have a more traditional work day, try to run or walk during your lunch hour at least once a week. Exposure to natural light helps regulate your inner body clock and provides a bonus helping of vitamin D. Continue reading “Dealing With Darkness”

Cam Levins Sets New Canadian Record in Men’s Marathon

The highlight of this year’s Gold Standard Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was the record-setting finish of 2:09:25 by Canada’s Cam Levins.

Running his debut marathon, Levins obliterated the previous record set 43 years ago by Jerome Drayton at the 1975 Fukuoka Marathon in Japan. Running under brisk conditions, Levins shattered the Canadian men’s marathon record by 44 seconds. Along the way, Levins hit the 10K mark at 30:45, the half marathon at 1:04:34, and the 30K mark at 1:32:21. Continue reading “Cam Levins Sets New Canadian Record in Men’s Marathon”

This is Why I Run

by Rainer Wosnitza

I turned 40 in 2001. Like others who reach a milestone age, I spent time reflecting on aspects of my life—my health, in particular. I was in okay shape, and naively assumed the good health generally accompanying youth would continue. That attitude was wrong. The wheels on my cart were starting to wobble, and as much as I tried to ignore it, I knew my body was sending me subtle wake-up calls. Continue reading “This is Why I Run”

In winter, how should runners adapt their food choices to optimize performance?

by Tara Postnikoff

At this time of year, optimizing running performance often has a lot to do with being consistent. Consistency in both training and eating habits will help runners stay healthy, avoid extended time off due to illness and reduce the risk of injury. These are all important ways to stay on track for your spring race goals.

To reduce the risk of illness and injury, we need to supply the body with foods that provide the nutrients needed for success. One way to do that is by focusing on a plant-based diet. Plant-based eating doesn’t have to exclude meat; it means to emphasize the consumption of foods coming directly from plants, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and even grasses and grains. Continue reading “In winter, how should runners adapt their food choices to optimize performance?”

Customizing Your Training Plan

by John Stanton

How you train will influence your results, whether you are trying to maximize your potential or simply improve your overall fitness. Most programs emphasize structure, consistency and slow progression toward a goal. This requires a delicate balance of listening to your body and striving for continual improvement. Here are four considerations as you build your personalized training program. Continue reading “Customizing Your Training Plan”

The Salvation Army Santa Shuffle

by Angela Rafuse

On December 1st, in 38 cities across Canada, over 16,000 runners and shufflers laced up to raise funds in support of marginalized and vulnerable people this Christmas.

In partnership with Running Room, The Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk raises funds for local Salvation Army social and community programs. Participants dress in funky festive gear and brave the cold to make a difference in their community. Continue reading “The Salvation Army Santa Shuffle”

Instructor Profile / Sandy Leblanc – High Park, Toronto, ON

by Andy Bentley

The Running Room training programs are a brilliant concept that have helped many Canadians start their running journey. Many start with the Learn to Run program and work their way up through the distances, pursuing one goal and then the next. One thing that can make all the difference in sticking with your training is having a great instructor: someone who is experienced, knowledgeable and caring. Sandy LeBlanc is one of those coaches! Continue reading “Instructor Profile / Sandy Leblanc – High Park, Toronto, ON”