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Oh what a difference a year can make

Oh what a difference one year can make. In 2018, I hit so many of my goals and made it closer to others, running the Chicago Marathon, hitting a new PB in all distances, and making new friends and connections in the running community. Then 2019 started…DUN DUN DUN. I started off my year emotionally drained, physically exhausted, and generally not interested, yet with all the intentions of staying on track. My first 10K of the year was going to be my run — the one I finally did in under 58 minutes, the one that would make me feel like 2019 would be amazing. Then 6 km in, my legs and my mind (mostly my mind) said: “Nope, you...

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Chase the dream, love the journey

It was hard to decide what I should write for my last post as a Run Little Monkey ambassador. So I decided to put together a collection of my favourite quotes that have inspired me this past year. My ultimate favourite quote is from Rosie MacLennan, Canadian Olympic gold medallist: “Chase the dream, love the journey.” I was at an event where she said that and the quote really resonated with me. I think it’s so important to have a dream but also enjoy the journey of getting there. My current dream is to race all the World Majors and I’m so excited to have gotten into the 2020 Chicago Marathon which will be my first World Major. Here are...

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It’s OK to take a break

2019 was a difficult year for me as I dealt with multiple injuries and setbacks, one after the other. At times, I felt very overwhelmed and frustrated as I had so much planned, including my first half marathon. As the year is coming to a close, I have learned that I really couldn’t have planned or prevented these setbacks but I can chose to deal with them in a healthy way. With not being able to run for more than two months, I had a lot of time to reflect and came up with a list of things I could do to show my body, mind and spirit some love. Fresh air: A simple 20-minute walk outdoors can make you...

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Must-have gear for winter running

By Joyce Law My friends often ask me how I can run in the winter. Actually, winter is my favourite time of year for running because there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices. Here are some tips to help you run through the winter. Hands – Under 5C, I start wearing gloves. When it’s not too cold yet, I’ll just wear dollar store knit gloves – they are great because the knit material provides breathability. Once it gets below -5C, I wear proper running gloves. My fingers get cold really easily though and  when it’s really cold, running gloves aren’t even enough so I might have to invest in some mittens this winter or double up...

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Become a 2020 Run Little Monkey Brand Ambassador

So you’d like to be a brand ambassador? We’re pretty excited that you’re interested in becoming part of the Run Little Monkey team! What does it take to become a brand ambassador? Kiki completes the Hamilton Marathon 10K Ideally, we’re looking for 2 or 3 women in Ontario of any age who are embarking on a new chapter: either taking up running for the first time or starting/restarting your training for the next big race (and by big, we mean anything from 10K to 100K) and are excited to share your journey with others. You don’t have to be an elite athlete (but you can be), we’re looking for women who are ready to test themselves, setting their sights on...

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