Marathon Pacing Strategy, Part 1

We received this excellent ‘Ask Dan’ question recently:  “Do you have any advice on how I should pace myself during the Reggae Marathon? “  In this, the first of two parts, Dan shares his personal experience and gives some good advice on marathon pacing applicable for newbies as well as seasoned marathoners. Ah, the art of pacing your race effort in the marathon, a much considered topic!  Yet, one ...[Read More]

Have you had your banana today?

Give me a banana.  Actually, make that two!  And don’t wait for the bananas at the end of the Reggae Marathon in addition to the fresh cut coconut.  Eat a banana before the race as you make your way to the start line December 3.  It turns out that bananas contain three natural sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose that combined with the natural fibre releases an instant and sustained energy boost. ...[Read More]

Ask Dan

My name is Dan and I am a runner.  Some would suggest we runners should have meetings that start like that, but I have no idea why. For the next few months I am going to be a guest blogger and hope I can offer some ideas or answers that will help out both experienced and aspiring runners, including and especially the so-called destination runner.  I’ve been around for a bit, and although lik ...[Read More]

“Top Tips for Choosing the Best Running Wear for Women” by Angie Newton

1. Choose a solid shoe Take a trip to a local specialty running store so that they can analyze your feet and determine the perfect fit to help you choose the right shoe.  Be sure to bring your current pair of running shoes so the sales associates can see the current wear on the shoe.  It’s also best to wear the socks you would normally wear with the shoes.  Most specialty running shoes have ...[Read More]

How to eat well, drink right and choose the proper running shoes

I love salty snacks, drink too much or too little while running and until recently gave very little thought to my running shoes.  I paid very little attention to healthy nutrition, proper hydration and how to get shoes that fit properly.  I ignored these at my peril…and paid the price. Eating well, drinking the right amount and type of sports drink and spending the time to get the right shoes for ...[Read More]

More of our favorite inspirational Running Quotes

Runners are rarely at a loss for words…as our spouses know.  I especially like the last one from  Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner that sums up running…and life: “You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” Frank Shorter “Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough t ...[Read More]

“5 Tips for Setting Goals and Achieving Them”, Angie Newton

This week’s guest blog post comes to us from Angie Newton who was in Negril last December with her husband. Angie has a healthy weight loss blog where she writes about her weight loss and fitness journey and where she shares tips on living a healthy lifestyle. You can also find Angie on Facebook.  Here are her 5 quick tips for setting goals and achieving them: Follow these simple tips the next tim ...[Read More]

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]