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Saturday Stories

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It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

A story about a runner saving a woman and her dog while out for his long run. 

A post that gives a look at what goes into organizing a race. 

Can becoming over-reliant on recovery be a bad thing?

Good nutrition tips here to help you fuel a marathon. 

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.
Here are this week’s stories…

An interesting study on foot strike patterns.

4 steps to post-race recovery.

A recap of Jean-Paul Bedard’s triple Toronto Waterfront Marathon to raise awareness for victims of sexual violence.

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.
Here are this week’s stories…

Can embracing discomfort help you make gains?

A study on the benefits of strength training for runners.

Training tips here: Race to Learn.

Finally, here is an interview I did with Canadian Running Magazine about run commuting

Stretching and Mobility

Since I posted about my strength training routine the other night I thought I would write a post about the other non-running routine that is a regular part of my training. As with my strength training routine I also have a stretching and mobility routine that I follow twice per week. 

Part of my routine involves yoga stretches that do not require any extra gear. The rest of the routine involves gear that I have accumulated over the past few years…

  
There you can see my foam roller, roller massager stick, ProStretch and foot massage ball. The foam roller is great for massaging and stretching most leg muscles. I make use of all of these tools throughout the week when I am in a training cycle. 

The  roller massager stick is great for hitting my calf muscles and is more portable than the foam roller. The ProStretch is great for stretching my calf and hamstring muscles and also stretches the muscles in my feet. Finally, the foot massage ball is something I received in a Stridebox last year has seen so much use it is no longer round and has warped itself into more of an oval shape. 

I find this routine to be as important to my training as my strength training routine. I think it has helped my recover and prevent injury.

Do you include stretching as a regular element of your trading routine?

Back to Marathon Training

I have settled back into my usual routine after my recovery layoff that kept me away from running for all of November and most of December. That of course being building back up to a regular running routine with some easy and unstructured runs before I start my structured training for a spring marathon.

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I am not normally concerned about running streaks and trying to run every day but since I was coming off a long layoff once I started running again I felt like seeing how long i could keep one going. Starting on Christmas day O managed a 15 day streak that only ended because I forgot to bring a running jacket with me last Friday.

With that out of the way I have settled back into my usual early January routine that I have found to work for me. I am planning to start. For the first two weeks of the month I just ran the mileage I could fit in at the time I went, although i am pleased I managed two straight weeks of over 50 km, and was not overly concerned about pace.

Now that I am planning to start my training plan for the Ottawa Marathon this week that is about to change. Now I will be aiming for mileage targets and I will start keeping a close eye on my pace, especially now that I will be going back to the indoor track for weekly interval sessions. The indoor track has become an integral part of my training over the winter since I discovered it a few years ago. Without it I would have to wait a while before being able to do intervals because of the snow on the ground.

While I feel like I still have a lot of work to do to get back to where I was at last year it feels good to be back to my usual running routine and training for a marathon.

Christmas Wishlist for Runners

With  Christmas fast approaching I decided to put together a list of ideas for the runner on your list.  Here are some of my suggestions:

  • Books are a great idea. There are many good books on running out there. Here is a list of suggestions I put together, some I have already read and others that I want to read.  You could also get them a subscription to their favourite running magazine like Canadian Running or Runner’s World.
  • Energy bars and gels make for great stocking stuffers since runners are always looking for carbs to fuel their runs. I like GU Roctane gels and Clif Bars. If you are looking to get them something different check out these new gel options made with maple syrup – Endurance Tap and Untapped.
  • With winter approaching wamr gear is a must in many places now. If you know a runner like me who is often misplacing them gloves are a great option. You can find several options here.
  • Injury prevention and recovery are very important for runners. I have the following items that have been very useful in helping me recover from long runs and precent injury – a foam roller, a Pro-Tec Roller Massager which is great for calf muscles and  a Prostretch Plus which is useful for stretching tight hamstrings and calf muscles.
  • Finally, if you are out of other ideas a race entry. Whether it is a local race or an out of town race in a location you want to visit a race entry would be appreciated by any runner on your list.

That is just a short list for now. i may add to it if I think of anything else to add as Christmas approaches.

What would be on your wishlist?

Saturday Stories

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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…

A comment on a recent story of cheating at a marathon.

A post about remembrance day and running.

Some tips to help you stay motivated.

A post about the benefits of taking a break from running.

Finally, since Christmas is approachinggift ideas of runners.