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The road to my first half is littered with injuries

When I originally decided I was going to run a half marathon, I had just gotten back into running. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, nor the amount of work I would have to put in to get myself there. I also had not given any thought to injuries since I was sure I would be one of the lucky ones to get through my training without any issues. WRONG. Those who know me could have told me this, I am unlucky when it comes to injuries and always at the worst times. In December, I was a few weeks into my training when I got sick with the worst chest cold I have ever had...

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Running is a solo sport, but it doesn't have to be

When I started running in my 20s, I mostly ran solo and never trained consistently. There was always one excuse or another: it’s too hot, it’s too cold, I’m too tired, I have work to do, I have no time, etc. . . . When I got back into running in 2017, after six months of running on my own and surviving a 10k race, I mustered the courage to join the North York RunNinjas, a running group that met close to my home. I was nervous at first because I didn’t know if I would be able to keep up with their pace. The first time I ran with them, they did a 15-km point-to-point run. At about 12...

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Streaking! You can do it.

Ever feel like consistency isn’t happening? Feeling overwhelmed by each day’s training plan? Always putting everything ahead of your running? I was feeling that for a very long time even in April 2018 when I was starting my second marathon training cycle. I started off strong in the first week nailing each one of my runs but then I started to slip. Work became more important than my three or four runs a week. My exhaustion started to kick in. I was falling behind — very behind. My solution: turning to Instagram. I was following some incredible runners who had phenomenal stories and had either been training for a world major or had just finished running the Boston Marathon. How...

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Fitting your run in even with a hectic schedule

Do you ever wake up at 6 a.m. and scroll through your social media only to see some of your fellow running friends have already completed their runs for the day? Do you wonder how they do it? How they make it work? I am one of those friends at the gym by 4 a.m most days. Here are some of my on how to make it work even with a very busy schedule. 1. Making sleep a priority Although it would be glorious to get 8 hours of sleep every night, this is not always possible. I usually aim for 6-7 hours so I am in bed and asleep by 9 p.m. if I have a run planned in...

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What to wear for running in winter

By Joyce Law If you’ve set your sights on tackling some big races in the spring, you might be wondering how you can possibly run and train in this winter weather. Last year, I ran through my first winter and turns out it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, I loved winter running so much that I now prefer winter running over  summer running! Other than being slightly cold for the first couple of minutes of the run, the rest of the run is comfortable as long as you are wearing the right clothing. As my coach likes to say: There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices. So here’s what I’ve...

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