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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.
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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In many parts of Africa and Asia, walking takes on a whole different meaning. That's because many women and children in these developing areas have to walk six kilometres every day to get water for their family. It's not a stroll in the park, or a breezy city walk -- it's a dangerous, hot, painful journey to provide for the needs of their families.
Our sense of what is realistic or not might actually limit our own possibility. Consider running a four-minute mile. It was thought to be impossible until Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier in 1954. The record now stands at 3:43 and the mile has been run in under four minutes at least 4,500 times.
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Last year, I ran the Boston marathon with Team World Vision to raise money for clean water projects in developing countries. I'm planning on doing so again this year. Training for marathons requires discipline and motivation over a long period of time, much like what's required to form any new habit or routine.
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Incorporating cross-training once or twice a week in your workout routine will keep you motivated with your running, build strength and help prevent injury. In addition, cross-training is a good alternative to running when you can't run due to poor weather conditions.
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Whether it is counting calories, tracking activity or coaching you through your workout -- there is a fitness app for everything. As a relatively new trend, the jury is still out on whether these apps are really making a lasting difference in people's lives. So how has an app like Pokémon Go, that is not specifically targeted at those who want to increase their daily activity, become so much more effective and engaging than all the fitness apps before it?
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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.
"...she’s going to be here with me every step of the way."
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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.
What is it that holds us back? Sometimes it's something quite practical -- like the two herniated disks in my lower back -- or the fact that I've had four children and even a sneeze can result in something embarrassing. But sometimes it's not wanting to get out of our comfort zone.