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Importance of Cross Training

There are many articles that discuss the various physical of benefits. In general the idea is that varied or different activities that are are not part of your typical training program will work different muscle groups than your body is used to working. By working these different muscle groups your body then becomes stronger overall, [...]

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Hill Training

Running up a hill is almost always the most dreaded part of a race. Many people will avoid hills in their training runs even if they know their race will include them. Running hills also increases the risk of injury if you’re not using proper form. On the flip side proper hill training can help [...]

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Running Into Yoga

I recently completed a yoga running workshop through YYoga’s Flow Wellness studio in downtown Vancouver. I’ve had several coaches in the past but the knowledge, expertise and energy that Katherine Moore brought to the clinic created a very relaxed yet engaging environment. If you have the chance, I strongly recommend checking out one of her workshops or retreats.         [...]

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Trail Running

                      Let’s face it. Road running, even in a city as beautiful as Vancouver with numerous uninterrupted routes along the many seawalls, can get monotonous; especially when you get up to the longer distances. Training for my fourth full marathon I’ve tried diligently to plan [...]

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Why Yoga? YYoga. Period.

I’ll admit it. A year ago, and for every year prior to that, I was a yoga sceptic. I didn’t get it. I knew there was this craze but I didn’t know what it is all about. And to be honest, I wasn’t really interested in finding out. As I began to plan my training [...]

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Run Safely – Road ID

Most of us leave the house for a run, cycle, hike or any other activity and remember to bring our sunglasses, mp3 players, watches, heart rate monitors, GPS watches, pace calculators, etcetera. Unfortunately countless people go outside without any form of identification. The majority of us don’t expect to encounter health problems or an accident [...]

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WTF is a TFL?

Lately, whether it be in yoga class, casual conversation or brunch with my running group, I’ve been hearing a number of people using the acronym TFL in relation to an injury or some part of their body. I figured that since it was coming up so often I should take some time to find out [...]

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Stage 1: Make No Small Plans For They Have No Power To Stir The Soul

Intro: In November 2011 I participated in Racing the Planet Nepal on behalf of Mencap. Each day I was able to send one e-mail recapping that day’s stage. These are them.  If I’d written this message within an hour of finishing today it would be much different. I thought I’d be telling you that I had to withdraw. [...]

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Stage 2: It’s Easy To Be Weak

A quick head’s up. First paragraph is a little graphic – you may want to skip… Warning! Explicit Content So as it turns out the sure fire way to distract from IT Band pain is the sudden onset of projectile vomiting and chronic diarhea. Yeah, you’re all welcome. And be glad I am sparing you [...]

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Stage 3: Give Me Silence, Water, Hope

Sitting here at the end of Stage 3, reading the messages from you all, I have no words. Thank you. The combination of them all has me fighting back some serious emotion; BUT… the goal is to make it through 100km without crying and so far I’ve covered 98km so 20 minutes into tomorrow I’ll [...]

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