Category Archives: #runchat

StrideBox

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Tonight I had something extra to look forward to at the end of my run home from work. Last month after learning about StrideBox on #runchat I decided to join in order to test it out.

For those of you not familiar with StrideBox, for $15 per month or $20 for those of us in Canada, you receive a box of samples. I think this is a great idea and was looking forward to receiving my first box ever since I saw their tweet saying that boxes for May had been mailed.

So what did I get in my first StrideBox? There is a recovery bar, a gel, a packet of protein powder, Sport Beans, Honey Stinger Energy Chews, an energy bar called Bonk Breaker, some blister bands, a water bottle cleaner tablet and a Klitch footwear clip .

Without even having tried any of the products I am pleased with what I received. The nutrition products, most of which I have never tried before, alone will save me a couple of tips to the store and the shoe clip that will allow me to clip my shoes to my backpack is a great idea.

To top it all off, I was sent a bonus box in error so I get to enjoy all of the products twice!

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories….

Reasons for supporting local farmer’s markets. My daughter and I visit ours every Saturday.

Here are some thoughts on whether it is better to cut a long run short when things don’t feel right.

Could the Ottawa Marathon records be in danger due to a strong elite field this year?

Finally, the latest #runchat takes place on Twitter tomorrow night.

On another note, if you did not see Thursday’s post head here to enter my book giveaway. You could  win a copy of Running on Air by Budd Coates!

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here’s a good reminder not to get too worked up if things don’t go quite as planned the day before a race.

Here is a great story about a runner overcoming challenges to finish the Boston Marathon.

If you are like me and trying to qualify for Boston here are 11 tips for qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

Finally, the next #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

I won’t be running it but here is a good strategy and race guide for those of you doing the Goodlife Toronto Marathon next weekend.

The story behind the latest cover of Boston Magazine.

Ever wonder what it is like for an elite runner when things don’t go as planned? Here’s Reid Coolsaet‘s recap of his DNF in Rotterdam.

Here are this week’s stories…

Finally, the next #runchat takes place on Twitter tomorrow night.

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. With the events that took place earlier this week this weeks stories are a collection of some of the best stories and blog posts regarding Boston that I came across.

As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here’s a story about how the actions of the staff at Marathon Sports following the bombings.

Here is a story about some of the many acts of kindness following the bombings.

The bombings in Boston symbolize an attack on our freedom.

Here is a story about a doctor who went from runner to medic in moments.

How watching a marathon can restore your faith in human nature.

A comment on the bombings from A whole lot of soles.

Palmetto Runner on the loss of innocence for running.

Scott from iRunnerBlog on the support from the running community following the bombings.

From Running, Writing, and Chasing the Dragon here are some thoughts on the Boston Marathon finish.

Finally, the next #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night with a focus on the positive things runners and the running community do.

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

This is an amazing story, 91 year-old runs 3:04 marathon.

With warmer weather on the way, although you wouldn’t know that after the weather we had here yesterday, here are tips for getting used to running in the heat.

Advice for anyone running the Boston Marathon for the first time on Monday.

Finally, the next #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here’s a great idea, Paris Marathon will generate power from runners.

Advice on how to run your best marathon.

Tips on pacing for long runs.

Finally, the next #runchat will take place on Titter tomorrow night.

#RunChatHunt

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I’ve been posting pictures recently to participate in something called #RunChatHunt. It is a scavenger hunt created by the guys who host #runchat every second Sunday. Thanks to Scott and David for coming up with this idea . It was a great way to add some fun to my runs.

Yesterday I managed to get my last picture to complete the required list so tonight I am taking the opportunity to post about my pictures. Unfortunately the camera on my Blackberry really does not do some of these scenes justice but here are the pictures I took along the way…

1. A running sticker – No I did not cheat, this is not a picture of my car. In fact, the only running stickers I have are on my beer fridge!

IMG-20130317-000872 and 3. My next two pictures cover two items each, a bridge and water so I will post them together here. First you have the Laurier Ave. Bridge across the frozen Rideau Canal. Second you have the Alexandra Bridge over the frozen Ottawa River with Parliament Hill in the background.

IMG-20130315-00085 Gatineau-20130317-000904. A giant hill I ran up. You might not think this is a giant hill but Ottawa is not a hilly city so by our standards this is a good one. This is the entrance to Beechwood Cemetery, Canada’s national cemetery.

Ottawa-20130317-000915. Christmas Decorations still up. I took this picture in my neighbourhood on March 17.

Ottawa-20130317-000946. Historical sign marker. After I ran up the hill at the entrance to Beechwood Cemetery I took a picture of this, the burial site of Sir Robert Borden, the eighth Prime Minister of Canada and face of our $100 bill.

Ottawa-20130317-000927. A welcome to state/city sign. Here is the sign as you cross the Ottawa River into Quebec from Ontario.

Gatineau-20130317-000888. A trail marker. Here is a trail marker for the Rideau Canal trail.

Ottawa-20130317-000939. A scene from my favourite place to run. Here in Ottawa my favourite place to run is the Central Experimental Farm. It is in the heart of the city yet when you are there it feels like you are no longer in the city. For those who don’t know, Ottawa is the only national capital with a working farm in its core.

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10. Letters from signs to spell #runchat. I’m not sure if there are bonus points but the signs I used to create this picture come from three different cities – Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa.

#runchatIn case you are interested where the letters came from here you go:

# is from a construction sign in downtown Toronto.

Toronto-20130322-00103 (1)R is from a street sign here in Ottawa

IMG-20130327-00122U is from a Carleton University sign. I’m a University of Ottawa grad but Carleton is on my way home from work.

IMG-20130327-00126N is from the back of a Canada Post van

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C is from a no left turn sign.

Ottawa-20130327-00128H is from a street sign close to home.

Ottawa-20130327-00130A is from the banner at the start of the Around the Bay race, a race which I recommend to anyone looking for a good hill workout in March!

Hamilton 2-20130324-00113 (1)T is from a stop sign.

IMG-20130327-00124 (1)There you have it. That is my #RunChatHunt adventure. Hope you enjoyed!