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So you want to do a triathlon? Read me first!

This weekend is the Toronto Triathlon Festival. This will be the third time I’m racing in a relay team at this event but instead of running, I’m going to be biking. So excited!! I signed up for the TTF as part of a relay team 2 years ago without knowing anything about the sport. I wasn’t even a runner back then, but I was really drawn to the idea of participating in a triathlon and I thought a relay would be a great way to try it out. I remember going to the orientation session the day before the race during kit pick-up. I had information overload from all the new terminology and rules: transition area, T1, T2, markings, racking...

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Coming back from bad races

The day before a run (and sometimes two days before a big run), I set out my clothes, socks, hat, running capris, shirt, and of course under garments. The night before I carb load, as do most runners. My go-to meal is a bowl of pasta, usually a well-made fettucine alfredo and lots of garlic bread. Who doesn’t love to carb load? I set my alarm to get up early. Race is at 8 am, so I need to be there for 7:30 which means I need to leave home by 7 at the latest. Alarm is set for 6:15 with a snooze till 6:30. I wake up earlier than I needed to, thinking my phone alarm wouldn’t wake me...

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Race routines for the perfect race

Race season is upon us and, once again, I’ve signed up for way too many races this year. It’s only April and I have already done my first 3 races of 2019 over 3 consecutive weekends. You can read about my race reports (ATB30K, Spring Run-Off 8k, and NYC Shape Half) over on my blog. Each time I do a race, I try to learn from it so I can be more prepared for the next race. Here’s what I’ve learned over the past couple of years. I hope this will be helpful! Leave a comment if you have any other tips! A few days before your race: Start carbo loading but don’t go overboard; Drink lots of water; Try...

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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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