Training

The 5 stages of running injury grief

Little did I know when I injured my foot last August that it would 8 months and counting of recovery.  In over 25 years of running I’ve never had a serious injury.  Yes I’ve had some setbacks along the way…shin splints, hip and knee pain, sprained ankles but nothing that stopped me from running.  I ran through everything. That streak ended last August while I was ramping up my training ...[Read More]

Training tips to improve your running

I don’t stretch before I run.  I never have although I’ve received lots of advice over the years about the benefits of stretching.  I prefer to start off at a slow pace and as I warm up pick up the pace.   However since I’ve experienced a couple of nagging leg injuries recently, I’ve found a new respect for stretching before going out for my run.  Here is an article that provides a great depth of ...[Read More]

How to find the right running shoes?

Walking into a running shoe store and coming face-to-face with the array of shoes gives me the chills.  I’m overwhelmed by the sheer choice in brand names and specialized types.  Add to that the current discussion about barefoot/natural running versus cushioning and I go into full glaze. Over the past few months I have been having a good natured discussion with George Colombo about barefoot runnin ...[Read More]

Shortcuts to staying in top running shape

With the 2010 Reggae Marathon a pleasant but slowly fading memory and the 2011 race still some months away, staying in shape can be a challenge.  But all is not lost.  Jeff Galloway has some shortcuts you can use to maintain your fitness during these winter months.  Here are his four 20-minute workouts build strength, speed, endurance and whole body fitness so you can stay in top shape: BUILD STRE ...[Read More]

Natural-style running minimizes foot injuries

I’ve been dealing with a nagging foot injury.  If you’ve been there, you know how I feel: unhappy, very unhappy.  I’m dealing with it by resting of course and using the time off from running to research foot injuries.  In the process I’ve been exploring natural-style running with the help of our guest blogger, George Colombo who has gone all the way with barefoot-style running.  Thanks Georg ...[Read More]

Another marathon? Are you ready for the open road?

“Another marathon? Have you asked yourself that question with dread?  I’ve ‘been there, done that’ and know very well that lots of things  affect your motivation to train for another marathon. Maybe you didn’t have a great run and feel unhappy with your results.  Maybe you had a great race but are fatigued or burned out because you either rested too long or not long enough. If any of these s ...[Read More]

Could you run the Reggae Marathon barefoot?

How much would you pay for a hat that made you stupid? Just think of it… what sort of value would you place on a magic piece of headgear that could suddenly make all of your knowledge inaccessible and all of your know-how unusable? If you’re like most people, not only would you refuse to pay money for such a hat, but you’d likely also avoid wearing one at all costs. It simply doesn’t make se ...[Read More]

What are your favourite running shoes?

Over the years I’ve run in every brand of running shoes that exists.  Asics, Nike, New Balance, Saconey, Adidas, etc. I have tried every style including running flats, trail shoes and even the bizarre ‘air pump’ shoe that didn’t have laces!  Because I have fairly wide feet and have been dealing with falling arches, I am now more concerned than ever about proper fit and less so about style.  ...[Read More]

Does hill running make you faster? Training tips from Runners Stride

As many runners are now in the early stages of their seasons, I thought I would write something on hill running. Common perception would lead us to believe that running hills makes us stronger, but how does that relate to running speed? There are actually a lot of questions that surround running hills. For example: If hill running makes you stronger does that mean you are faster too? If I can run ...[Read More]

What’s the perfect Christmas gift for the Reggae Marathon runner?

With just over a week to go now until Christmas, here are some great ideas for Christmas for the runner in your life.  Sally, are you listening?  It’s not too late. Get a running ID. I ran all the time at all times, and worry that if I get run over no one would identify me. Buy your runner a Runner’s World or Running Times magazine subscription. At less than $20 a year it’s a very good ...[Read More]