My bucket list races: an ongoing list of must-do destination races
How to start running in your 30's and 40's
1. Around the Bay Road Race - 30km bayrace.com
It takes place every March in Hamilton, ON and it is the oldest road race on the continent, first run in 1894 (3 years before Boston). Training for this race is challenging as the long runs take place through the cold winter months and the last 10km of the race is a series of rolling hills and a famous long up-hill climb towards the end of the race.
How to stay motivated for winter running
Running doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to be painful. It doesn’t have to be lonely and it doesn’t have to feel miserable. Running can be fun. It can be social. It can be invigorating. It can be inspiring. In my opinion, its all in the approach, attitude and perspective that you bring to the sport. So here are my tips for starting to run in your 30’s and 40’s:
Winter Running: How to stay warm and enjoy "this most wonderful time of the year" Part 1
Winter running can be enjoyable and challenging and when you emerge in the spring, you will be stronger both mentally and physically. You can be proud of yourself for braving the outdoor conditions, but also, your love for this sport will grow as you see it is truly a sport for all people, all ages, all seasons, all abilities.
Now layer up, pull on those gortex shoes and go for a run!
Destination Races: Race Reviews
I have adapted and figured out a way to enjoy this sometimes not so pleasant running season and come out on the other side stronger both physically and mentally. I’ve just got to say that finishing 12km in -10C and snowing will make you feel powerful and proud of yourself in a way that 12km on a warm May afternoon never will. If you want to experience a true “runners high” and build mental fortitude, run outside on a good, cold Canadian winter day with the sun reflecting off the snow and warm on your face...
Essential Fall Apparel List
Historically I have shied away from competition whenever possible….but then I discovered running and races….in particular destination races and this has become a major motivator and driving force behind my running. It has helped keep me on track through tough, cold winter runs, fight back from an injury and push myself to beat my personal record time.
"Like to Have"
It seems that fall may be upon us. Honestly, some of my favorite morning runs are in the fall. That crisp fall air and beautiful sunshine as the leaves start to turn and eventually fall. However, making the transition from summer running to fall running is actually a significant switch in mind set and running apparel
Running Gear : Starting out
In my last post I talked about my "must have" list of gear for new runners. In this post, I've put together what I would consider a "like to have list":
As a new runner I was totally overwhelmed by the immense amount of running gear available. When I started out, I basically had an old pair of shoes and workout clothes from my attempt at fitness following my youngest daughters' birth. I had always thought of workout clothes as being totally utilitarian in nature, basically get the job done so to speak.
Once I started logging the miles towards my ½ marathon distance, I quickly realized 3 things
I wanted to start by encouraging all those women who may have thought “I can’t run, I hate running, why would I want to torture myself with that activity!”
I too used to be one of those women, busy with 2 kids, a career and family to organize.