Since you’re getting ready to run in the Reggae Marathon (or maybe the Half Marathon or the 10K), chances are you’re thinking about which shoes you’re going to wear on race day. As you weigh the more traditional options (racing flats, motion control, stability, etc.), there’s a small enthusiastic cadre of runners that’s taken a different approach altogether. These intrepid runners forego running s ...[Read More]
The truth be told, I actually hated running. I wasn't very active in either grade school or high school. I enjoyed a good game of squash while in university but never thought of going for a run. What got me started was my health: in my mid-20’s overweight at 225 lbs with a 42” waist, I was heading into a bad place. I knew I had to do something and running seemed simple enough.
“The best race ever” was how one visitor to the Jamaica Tourist Board booth at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront marathon Expo described the Reggae Marathon. Judy Nash from the JTB, Marguerite Orane, Suzie Forman and I had a great time talking with runners who stopped by the booth on Friday and Saturday.
In August 1995 my kids and I were on vacation in Jamaica. They had been there for a couple of weeks visiting their grandparents in Stony Hill and having a blast. I unfortunately had a heck of time getting in some quality long runs. Lots of hill work, but I was craving some longer runs. At the invitation of my cousin, Tim, we ran the Dam. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try something new. ...[Read More]