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26.2 miles. For many people, running a marathon is a bucket list accomplishment. For others, it's a chance to visit new exciting places while running a race or contributing to an important fundraising effort. Whether you're interested in the challenge of the race or travelling somewhere beautiful to feed your passion for running, we've put together the six best running destinations that are worth travelling (and training) for.
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Growing old gracefully is not just a matter of coasting into the sunset - it's constantly treading water. Elite runner and writer Jean-Paul Bedard shares how his philosophy of movement, gratitude and forgiveness helps him to stay young at heart and mind despite a difficult past.
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No matter which running style you may espouse, you have something in common with each other when it comes to racing; that is you each need to be ready both physically and mentally for personal success at the finish line.
The regular three-hour-a-day training of their professional lives is on hold along with so much else as they wait to hear if Canada will accept them. "Life is day-to-day," says Dawit. "I have lost my country, my friends, my family." But he has found a new family at Matthew House and a new country in Canada and it already feels good.
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When you use exercise as a counter for poor nutritional choices -- like my pint of ice cream a day habit during the marathon summer - it is almost impossible to do successfully. It is super simple to consume 100 empty calories, working them off however is a completely different story.
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Don't be intimidated! You can do it.
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We took time out of our busy schedules and escaped the 9 to 5 life for a bit more than just happy hour in the South Okanagan. With wineries a plenty in the South Okanagan region, there is no lack of aperitifs to choose from, thus, we did some narrowing down.
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Whether the motivation is fitness, mental health, being part of a community or supporting a great cause, everyone has something to gain from a sport as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.
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She ended up running an extra 10 miles after getting onto the wrong road race.
There are so many great benefits of running and it can become a healthy lifestyle addiction. It's an easy (once you get the hang of it), inexpensive sport that will help you get fit and also get you outside of your normal exercise routine. Trust me when I say, if you can walk, you can run!
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It was the spring of 2005, I was an overweight smoker and on the fast track to an early grave. I was 23-years-old, weighed 260 pounds and smoked a pack a day. My eating habits were poor with little to no exercise. Changes had to be made.
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Nairobi, a world-class city of commerce, culture and contrasts, is energized by a growing and demanding middle class. Pulsating with the creativity and aspirations of a youthful population, Kenya's dense regional cities are also gaining economic momentum. Kenyan runners are helping to make this happen.
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You've put in all the work -- weeks of uninterrupted training, the long runs, the speed sessions and those hard workouts in the pouring rain -- all to have it unravel at the last minute due to injury or a cramp mid-race. Unfortunately, this can be an all too common scenario afflicting even the most experienced runners.
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Marissa Cepelinski had the trip of a lifetime recently by participating with her fellow ultra marathoners and running for clean water projects in Ethiopia. Her team of 15 raised just over $102,000. It was enough to set up a school and a clean water well in the town of Hidri, Northern Ethiopia.
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The best advice I ever got was "You only run your first race once." It's more important to enjoy yourself and feel good when you cross the finish line than it is to have an impressive time on your first marathon. You have a whole lifetime to improve your pace (if you want to), but your first race is all about the excitement!
On Oct. 18, I will be running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times on the same day (126.6 km) in support of the #ItsNeverOkay campaign, a governmental and media campaign that reminds us that we all have a role in speaking up when we see situations of sexual violence or harassment.
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I am a reluctant activist. I don't like rocking the boat. But when our federal election was called in August, it occurred to me that the entries in my blog might be worth sharing. So I'm posting 78 of them to a Facebook page, 78 Days, 78 Reasons. It's my hope they'll help reasonable Canadians, particularly young people and small c-conservatives, see that we deserve better.
Excessive cardio could be inflicting unseen and unfelt damage. All body systems are important, but a weak cardiovascular system will not transport blood, oxygen, and nutrients, affecting every other system in a profound way. In short, yes, you need to exercise to improve your cardio health.
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Anyone who has had or has ever been to an Indian wedding knows that they are not like other Canadian weddings. Indian weddings can last four or more days of festivities -- they really do become a marathon of sorts.
As a lover of food, and a tourism professional, the fall holds a special place in my heart. The summer air cools, the season's bounty is gathered and celebrations abound. This fall, I'm particularly excited because I'm also returning to Galway, Ireland for the inaugural Food On The Edge Symposium -- where I'll experience a second harvest, of an idea planted by Chef Jp McMahon.
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Training for a marathon is no joke. It's an all or nothing commitment. Running in my "spare-time" has never been an option because I don't consider any of my time as spare; it's all valuable to me. But with a full plate, finding the time to train is tough.
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Harriette Thompson, 92, ran her 16th marathon in 7:24:36 last Sunday. Thompson zoomed past the previous record of 9:53:16 set by Gladys Burrill in 2010, making her the oldest female finisher on record...
With the sun shining and the heat rising, it's time to put on your running shoes and start sprinting outdoors — and why not? Marathon season has already started. But beginners be warned, running isn't...
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Is there a blueprint for "cultivating grit," and are there steps you can take right now to build it within your life? These are questions that come up a lot whenever I give a talk on overcoming adversity, so I thought I would share a few of my strategies with you.
I believe that deep inside, all of us have something that eats away at us, something that just doesn't sit right. Maybe it's some trauma from your past, or hurtful words that still resonate, or even some "dis" ease you are currently living with. For me, it was coming to terms with sexual abuse in my childhood.
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This trip wasn't about ease. After spending almost 15 years abroad in the U.S., it was about reconnecting with the heart and soul of British Columbia: The vistas of Pacific beaches, the calls of the ravens at daybreak, the natural spirits that populate every curve in the coastline.
In the beginning of my career, I tried various over-hyped protein supplements, and eventually I settled on an old tried and true favourite -- chocolate milk. I find that chocolate milk is an ideal post-workout recovery drink, even more so than water and sports drinks, because it contains the fluids, carbs and protein I need to recover after exercise.
As a marathon runner, I'm always looking for nutritious breakfast foods that both energize and satisfy. This shakshuka recipe I've been tweaking for a few weeks now is the perfect combination of all those things. It contains all four food groups and is low in fat and sodium so I don't feel weighed down while pounding the pavement.
Though it sounds like a mouthful, acetylcholine is important for many of the body's key functions. Healthy acetylcholine levels are important for strong, healthy, metabolically active muscles and it improves tissue health, muscle growth, skin tone, bone density and fat loss. Here are my suggestions for keeping your levels in check.
Kananaskis3 was event number four in my TransRockies Quest 888. The original plan was to run three events over three days in the Powderface / Little Elbow area of Kananaskis just outside Bragg Creek. Unfortunately, the Alberta floods put an end to that. Bragg Creek had been hit hard, the bridge on Highway 66 had been destroyed and many of the trails had been wiped out.
Who's ready to start a fitness transformation? The options are endless and everywhere, pick something and go with it. Rome wasn't built in a day. The expression is used far too often, but that's because it applies. Human nature is to want everything right now.
The race schedule across the country is always full, with biggies like the Boston Marathon this April to the New York Marathon in November. Traveling for a race? Several Travelzoo Deal Experts are seasoned marathon veterans and have shared these tips.