Shoe Review: ASICS GEL-CUMULUS 26
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by Ben Kaplan
6m ago
The colour pattern of the new GEL-CUMULUS 26 from ASICS is called “evening teal,” and it’s offset with bright yellow, and the shoes feel not only comfortable, but almost elastic. With bounce and fantastic foam, the experience is one of distinct pleasure; the ride feels as if it could go on for days. The GEL-CUMULUS is a popular line in the ASICS family, a neutral shoe built for tackling serious mileage and withstanding the elements. With a fitted upper and convex toe, the shoe acts like a cantilever, which has become a trend in the latest shoe designs. Over the course of repeated runs at vary ..read more
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How Running Helped ToDoToronto Grow to 750,000 Followers on Instagram
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by Conrad Wong
6m ago
My name is Conrad Wong and I’ve been running almost everyday since the start of COVID. My life was good and average. I could have stayed home, played video games, and just took it easy in my mid 20s.  I’ve never been strong academically, but I always wanted to do something great and make the most out of all the opportunities in life. I really enjoyed my full time sales job at Indeed.com, but I wanted to make a positive impact on the economy outside of work.  One day, I started running because I felt stressed in my sales role and I needed some fresh air. I noticed that I came back ho ..read more
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Once You Reach Your Goal Weight, What Do You Do?
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by Katie Rylance
6m ago
Do you celebrate by eating the biggest piece of cake you can find after reaching your goal weight? Do you try to gain all the weight back so you can go through the process all over again? Do you suddenly feel afraid of this new version of you? Do you miss the old one? Do you continue to lose weight because this is all you have known for so long and you are afraid to stop?  The answer is simple: No! You do none of this. You move forward, you continue to improve, and you embrace the person you have blossomed into.  Becoming a new version of yourself is hard—I equate it to shedding sk ..read more
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Shoe Review: Brooks Glycerin 21
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by Ben Kaplan
1w ago
There’s a reassuring firmness to the new Brooks Glycerin 21, an anecdote almost to the big foam, giant cushioning which has become the latest running shoe trend. Tied tightly at a series of mile repeats at 10K, half marathon and blitzkrieg speeds, the Glycerin 21 almost took on an anthropomorphic characteristic—they felt like wolves on my feet. The Glycerin series, first launched in 2002, is arguably the flagship shoe from Brooks, the Seattle-based company that surpassed Nike in women’s running shoe sales in 2021 and touts “Run Happy,” as their inspiration slogan. Through the years, the Glyce ..read more
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Will You Know When It’s Time to Give Up on PBs?
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by Ben Kaplan
1w ago
The Raptors developed ‘load management’ for Kawhi Leonard. They had him take off games during the regular season so the more mature athlete, who’d struggled with injury, could be ripe for the NBA Finals. Leonard’s skills didn’t deteriorate, he was the NBA Finals MVP. But does load management make sense for runners? As we age, do we need to decrease volume, race less and, if so, at what point does that begin? Tantalizingly, frustratingly, and yet half the battle, like most things running: it depends. “There’s a biological age and a training age,” explains Reid Coolsaet, two-time Olympian, mara ..read more
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Celebrating Dick Traum: Athlete, Advocate and Mentor
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by Ben Kaplan
3w ago
On March 17, Achilles Canada Celebrates the Life of Achilles Founder Dick Traum. Runners worldwide have come together this week to mourn the passing of Dick Traum, founder of the Achilles Track Club of New York City and an advocate for athletes with disability. His tireless work—renowned worldwide from his 1976 appearance at the New York Marathon, as their first amputee athlete—impacted our sport, opened doors and inspired countless lives.  “Dick was a legend, a hero and leader with an acute determination to advocate and expand the podium worldwide for Achilles ..read more
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Let’s Get You Ready for Spring: How to Make Your Finish Line, Divine
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by Ben Kaplan
3w ago
Lowell Greib is the founder of the SportLab, which offers performance medicine to a galaxy of professional athletes, including some of the country’s greatest runners. He also helps train middle of the pack runners training for their big spring race. The medical coordinator of the Toronto Marathon—May 5—Lowell is working with Toronto Marathon and iRun to provide great tips to get your ready for your spring starting line. To get things cracking, here’s four things—right now—to bare in mind. Enjoy your journey!! Set Realistic Goals.  Establishing achievable goals based on your current fitne ..read more
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“I love racing!” Natasha Wodak in the Running for 2024 Paris Olympic Games, Again.
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by Ben Kaplan
3w ago
Natasha Wodak, two-time Olympian, is one of Canada’s favourite runners. The current marathon record time holder at 2:23:12, Wodak is again seeking to come under the Olympic Standard time of 2:26:50 to compete in her third Olympic Games. In January, she laced up in Houston and finished at 2:28:42, a result she called “frustrating and heartbreaking,” and blamed, in part, on tight hamstrings and a right calf cramp. Today, Wodak announces her next race will be the Hamburg Marathon on April 28. Wodak, 42, still wants to race—and fight—at the 2024 Olympic Games. iRun: Love, love, love hearing you g ..read more
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The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, Inspiration, Then and Now
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by AttheRaces
1M ago
On May 25, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will be celebrating fifty years of running: an achievement enjoyed by runners across the country who’ve loved this race from the start to the finish line. From Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe to Canadian Olympians like Natasha Wodak, Cam Levins and Malindi Elmore, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend has always been Canada’s premiere running event. Herewith, runners nationwide reflect on their experiences. The familiar voice at races has an impressive race record. Seen here in 1986, emcee Too Tall Tony at the Ottawa Marathon. “Too Tall Tony” Fletcher: “We worked to ..read more
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Why We Love Winter Running: Who Wins the Gloves???
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by Ben Kaplan
1M ago
What a pleasure it was reading the hundred comments about why you love winter running. It was so beautiful and positive that we’re going to publish the lion’s share in our new digital issue, out Valentine’s Day. Even though we received so many great comments—and you can read them all right here, which we advise you two—like any race, there can only be one winner (well, in this case two, but you get the point). The winners, and the winning comments, for the Icebreaker mitts and the MEC jacket, are below (and please know, this was such a successful experiment, that we plan to follow it up, agai ..read more
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