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July 13, 2015

Early Morning Workouts: An Ode to #5amRunClub

I’ve been running at least once a week in the VERY early morning this season for at least 6 weeks now. I’ve done it before, but I think is the first time I’ve consistently kept renewing my membership in the #5amRunClub. I love these early morning runs and there are a lot of benefits, but there are also a ton of challenges and tricks I need to do to get going.   EARLY MORNING BENEFITS Why in the world would you want to get out of bed that early? Isn’t it crazy? Well, it feels like it sometimes, but it’d definitely worth[…continue reading]



April 1, 2015

Run Backwards to Reverse the Effects of Running

It’s crunch time for those training for the spring marathon season, so any and all tips to help get you through these last tough weeks. Today I’m going to talk to you about a new form of running that will magically help you reverse the negative effects of running long distance! The secret is RUNNING BACKWARDS! Backwards running, or “retro running” has long been known as a good form of cross-training. This alternative form of running helps strengthen stabilizing muscles by exposing them to unexpected motions. But wait, there’s more! Dr. Jim Bean, a contemporary of Dr. Jack Daniels, takes[…continue reading]



July 11, 2014

Follow Friday: Manly Guys Doing Manly Things

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On the links page of this blog, I list a number of webcomics that I follow regularly. Manly Guys Doing Manly Things is one of my favourites, but it doesn’t update very often. Based on the title, you’d imagine it was written/drawn by a hyper macho dude. Surprisingly, it’s authored by a lady, Kelly Turnbull aka Coelasquid. She says thinks that men should be allowed to be manly. And she references all sorts of video games characters from series I love like Dragon Age, Pokemon, Final Fantasy and pokes fun a typical tropes. I shared the link to her comic because of[…continue reading]



May 25, 2013

Wear Sunscreen

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We’ve had bizarre weather lately, going from frost warnings to 30 degree humidex. But there are glimpses of sunlight, and high UV warnings are no joke! I was browsing the Marathon Maniacs bulletin board the other day and noticed a good thread. Someone asked if they should be wearing sunscreen during runs. There was a very thorough reply: Being 100% Irish, I can identify with your problem. We, the fair-complexioned, don’t tan, we stroke. / / / Anyway, I use Banana Boat SPF 50. I carry a tube in my fuel belt, and re-apply on the run after about 2[…continue reading]



February 21, 2013

Form Tip #4: Run With A Strong Core

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Form Tip #4: Run With A Strong Core There is a common saying: “You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe.” This is not only an artillery tip, but also valuable for running. However, the difference is that you are firing your legs rather than cannonballs. You drive a lot of power with each run. However, if your core isn’t strong, you will have a hard time focusing this power. It would be like “firing a cannon from a canoe.” To maximize your running form, be sure to keep your core tight and stay comfortably upright. Remember the previous tip[…continue reading]