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]

Tapering your training for the Reggae Marathon

The toughest thing for me is to taper my training before a big running event.  It’s no different again this year with just a few weeks to go now before the Reggae Marathon.  I still feel the need to do speed work and my weekly long slow distance run. Ramone Williams the intrepid Reggae Marathon go-to-person put together some training tips about eating and hydration to maximize your performance. It ...[Read More]

Team Lipstick at the Reggae Marathon: train hard, race hard, have fun

Look out for the Team Lipstick gang at the Reggae Marathon Dec 4.  They’ll be competing in the marathon and will be in Negril from November 28 for a co-ed training camp at the Rockhouse Hotel and Spa in the west end of Negril.  Team Lipstick was founded by Laura Cozik in 2008 and is based in New York City. She founded the all female group to encourage novice through elite-level female athletes to ...[Read More]

“It’s Gotta Be The Shoes (Or Maybe Not)”: Barefoot Running

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]