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]

Heinz Simonitsch School Key Club Fund raising at the 2010 Reggae Marathon!

“Singing in the Rain”.  At the Reggae Marathon Pasta Party last December as we huddled under the thatched hut to wait out the rain shower, I met a group of kids from Heinz Simonitsch School Key Club who really were singing in the rain.  They were running in the Reggae Marathon as a fund raising project.  I was impressed with their energy and passion.  Here is the letter I received from Camel Ferna ...[Read More]

Reggae Marathon in the top 10 list of marathons in the world once again

“Reggae Marathon…one of the world’s top 10 marathons”!  But we knew that didn’t we.  Emile Leiba, president of the Jamdammers Running Club was thrilled when he heard the announcement:  “It’s a great way to kick off the Reggae Marathon campaign for 2011”. Fresh from the 10th anniversary celebrations in December, the Jamdammers running Club of Kingston organizers of Reggae Marathon, half Marat ...[Read More]

Taking a break from the Reggae Marathon

I never thought I’d ever say those words about the Reggae Marathon.  For the past 18 months I’ve talked about nothing but the Reggae Marathon whenever I’ve talked about running:  from planning my first Reggae Marathon in 2009 through the 10th anniversary Reggae Marathon last month in Negril.  But as Diane…and my super supportive wife, Sally…advised recently, “It’ time for a break ...[Read More]

Olympian Carrie Tollefson at Reggae Marathon 2010

It rained Friday night at the Reggae Marathon Pasta Party but it did not dampen the vibe. In fact at the press briefing that evening the buzz intensified because we all had to jam into the media tent. One of the people I had the opportunity to meet was Olympian Carrie Tollefson. She and her husband were in Negril for the Reggae Marathon of course (she ran in the 10 K). I loved the opportunity to r ...[Read More]

The top 7 reasons why running is better than…

There are so many reasons why running is better than… where do I start?  Here are my top 7: You always finish tired and happy You can do it with your clothes on Running increases your heart rate You can run and think You can run by yourself You can stop and walk while running Running clears your head There you have it.  My top 7 reasons why running is better than…sleep!  What did you t ...[Read More]

I don’t feel like running today!

I woke up this morning and just couldn’t pull myself out of bed to go for a run.  It was dark, cold and raining.  The cozy bed and an hour’s more sleep exerted a strong invitation to simply turn over and hit the snooze button.   I lay there for a few minutes luxuriating in the bliss of not having to face the pavement. It lasted about 5 minutes before my mind slowly turned to the running.  Once I f ...[Read More]

Have a very merry Reggae Marathon Christmas

Christmas is a fantastic time of year!  Hustling to get ready is part of my annual ritual because no matter how much I plan, these next couple of days before Christmas are very, very hectic.  But no matter, I love the anticipation of getting together with the kids and combined families. Even though my kids aren’t ‘kid’s any more I still have fond memories of barefoot little boys running ...[Read More]

Making a friend at Reggae Marathon 2010

Nearly 40 years ago I had one of those experiences that stick with you forever.  It happened while my 3rdform class at Campion College was on our hike to the top of Blue Mountain Peak and when I think about even after the passage of so many years, it still brings back great memories of friendship and shared experiences. That hike up the highest mountain peak in Jamaica was the ‘big one’ for our cl ...[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]