Running Room Indoor Games

by Jessie Macdonald

For 40 years, the Indoor Games have given young athletes a chance to feel like Olympians running on the Butterdome track, hearing the cheers, watching competitors from older age groups and hoping to become that fast someday. Over 300 schools, from at least a 100 kilometre radius around Edmonton, competed in the Running Room Indoor Games this year. We would be unable to host without the dedication of our officials and volunteers—thank you all.

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Race Giving

Race: The Secret Marathon 3K
Amount Raised: Over $8,500.00

The Secret Marathon film team and Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan partnered with Running Room for the first annual Secret Marathon 3K. On the eve of International Women’s Day, runners gathered across Canada and beyond to celebrate everyone’s right to feel safe to run or walk in their community. Continue reading “Race Giving”

Lower-Body Strengthening

with Dr. Leif Sigurdson, BSc, DC

A recent study in the journal Sports Medicine confirmed what we already know: running is good for your health. It demonstrated that running improves body fat, resting heart rate, cardiovascular efficiency and cholesterol levels. In short, the time spent on running (and the activities that support it) is worth it. I have witnessed these benefits as a former Running Room employee and group leader, and now as a sports injury chiropractor and presenter to in-store training programs. Continue reading “Lower-Body Strengthening”

Is Hill Training Really Necessary?

Some runners view hill training the same way kids view eating green vegetables: they know it’s good for them, but they can’t muster up any enthusiasm for it. Does every runner have to do hill training? Not necessarily. Your training plan should be personalized to your needs and goals. Some runners are perfectly satisfied with their running routine without tackling any hills. Running on flat terrain is still a wonderful way to build your fitness level and endurance. However, if you’re preparing for a race with a hilly course or you’re trying to achieve a personal best time in a given distance, hill training is a proven way to challenge yourself, strengthen your running muscles and rev up your cardiovascular system. Here is a re-cap of the ins and outs (or should I say, ups and downs) of hill training. Continue reading “Is Hill Training Really Necessary?”

Wearable Technology

by Dr. Reed Ferber, Ph.D. CAT(C)

It has been reported that 88% of runners who participated in official road races in the last two years have used wearable technology and/or running-related apps for training optimization and distance recording.Interestingly, over half of all runners who use a wearable sensor reported “mileage tracking” and “injury prevention” as the top two main reasons why they had such devices. In fact, for both 2016 and 2017, wearable technology was the number one worldwide fitness trend. Devices such as basic activity trackers, smartwatches with heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices are found on nearly every runner. Continue reading “Wearable Technology”

Karen Lacey / St. John’s, NL

I never thought I would be a runner, let alone a running coach! I was diagnosed at age 18 with Crohn’s Disease and didn’t think running was something I would be able to do. In 2006, my mother (who is also a Running Room instructor) ran her first marathon in Ireland and inspired me to start running. In the beginning, I struggled to run for a minute then walk for a minute, but I thought if she could do it, I could do it. The following year I ran my first race, the Tely 10, and I haven’t looked back. Continue reading “Karen Lacey / St. John’s, NL”

I Don’t Like Running

by Stephen Poupart

I don’t like running. There, I said it—and on a running website to boot!

Why on earth would I choose a running website as a place to share this thought? This website is filled with inspirational stories about people who defy the couch and substitute running or walking for (insert vice or life deficiency here) in order to find a sense of meaning and balance in their lives. Continue reading “I Don’t Like Running”

Who’d Have Thought?

by Tracy Vlaming

In January 2017, I started a healthy eating plan to lose some weight and wanted to add some activity as well. In March, I joined the Learn to Run training program at Newmarket Running Room. At the first session, I was both excited and nervous. We started our intervals at running for two minutes and walking for one. I did it that night but was a bit winded. I couldn’t even imagine running for three minutes straight the next week. Continue reading “Who’d Have Thought?”