The Journal

Whether you’re looking for a new running route, want to know what’s happening in the GTA Running Community, or just need a bit of inspiration, our talented team of writers got you covered!

  • Sometimes Running Just Sucks

    There, I said it. A short while ago, I was having a conversation with a friend. A non-running friend. He was telling me about his new (non-running) workout routine. After […]

  • Running Rituals: To Wave or Not To Wave?

    It’s a beautiful weekend morning. The sun is steadily rising to signal the start of the day and the crispness of the morning is starting to thaw out. You are […]

    ROT6 Survey Results
  • The race against the clock: Balancing priorities and the time demands of running

    Growing up, I did pretty much everything under the sun (besides running). I attended an arts school, was heavily involved in dance for hours after school every day, and also […]

    Running and Family
  • 5 Spring Running Tips

    Spring in Toronto is always a toss-up. While the end of March marks the beginning of spring, we don’t always feel the warmth of the season until May. But with […]

    Spring Running Tips
  • Eating for Endurance Running

    Imagine cruising into an aid station and seeing a buffet of cookies, chocolates, pretzels, doughnuts, chips, pickles, perogies, fruits, sandwiches, gummy worms, brownies, and even soup. Salty, savory, sweet, sour, […]

  • Let’s Get Virtual!

    Ok, let’s just get this out of the way first: no one wanted 2021 to be another year of virtual races. Nope, nope, nope. We accepted (begrudgingly!) 2020 as the […]

    Virtual Races
  • Slow and Steady: What It’s Like To Be A Slow Runner in a Fast Runner’s World

    The world of running is one synonymous with speed. To be a runner, even a recreational or amateur one, is to be associated with being fast. Names like Eliud Kipchoge, […]

    Running Community
  • Notes from an unintended running break: It’s ok to press pause

    Runners schedule their day around ‘the run’. The length of the run, the type of run, and feelings towards the run all contribute to what runners eat that day, the […]

    running breaks
  • The High Five: Podcasts For Your Long Run (or any run!)

    Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Batman and Robin. Like these legendary tandems, there are few things better than when you can pair the perfect podcast with a good […]

  • What is Running Cadence?

    I completely forgot about running cadence until I visited my physiotherapist for an injury back in the fall. A mild ache I ignored for months had turned into an angry […]

  • The Humber River Trail

    The Humber River Recreational Trail (or Humber Trail) is a popular paved and signed multi-use trail in west Toronto that runs north-south along the Humber River, from Lake Ontario in […]

    West End Run Route
  • Good Runners: Run for Good

    If you follow Saucony, you’ve no doubt had a chance to see their “Good Runners” campaign. This incredible campaign showcases a variety of runners and aims to share “stories that […]

    Run for Good
  • The High Five: Long Distance Runners Making History

    The history of women’s running is relatively new. In looking back, most official milestones in women’s running have been recognized only in the past 100 years. In fact, it wasn’t […]

    Women in Running
  • Why do you run?: Building a healthy relationship with running

    Why do you run? Why did you start to run? Have you changed your ‘reason for running’ over time? How do you navigate these changes and maintain your […]

    running relationship
  • It’s Gotta be the Shoes: Building a Running Shoe Rotation

    Forrest Gump’s Momma once said that, “There’s an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going. Where they’ve been.” As runners, if our running […]

    Running Shoes
  • The Importance of Recovery Days and How to Do Them Right

    Hands up if you’ve ever done looked at that “rest/recovery day” on your program’s schedule, but decided to hit it hard anyways. You know how it goes. You feel okay […]

    Recovery Days
  • Running and Rolling

    Becoming a parent is an exhilarating, apprehensive time! Lives change, shift, and grow. It’s exciting – and tiring! Becoming a parent when you are also a runner comes with one […]

    Stroller Running
  • The Pros and Cons of Running with Headphones

    Do you prefer to run with music? According to a 2016 survey by Runner’s World, 61% of runners said that they do listen to something  during their runs, with 82% of […]

    Running With Headphones
  • Finding Meaning in Running 2.23 Miles: A Tribute to Ahmaud Arbery

    A long time ago, I convinced a friend of mine that we were going to “get fit” and maybe make a school team (we didn’t).  At 5AM before the world […]

    Running Diversity
  • Respectful Running: “I am blind, please go around me”

    Ableism consists, in part, of discriminatory behaviours where people without disabilities view themselves in positions of power, superior to individuals with disabilities (Goodley, 2014). In the disability research world, there […]

    Respectful Running
  • Deena Kastor: Let Your Mind Run

    In her book, Deena Kastor weaves together stories of her training and races with lessons on how she let go of negativity and learned to approach her running with positivity and gratitude. How can this mindset help you?

    Book Review
  • Running Rituals: Results and Re-living Race Day

    Race Day. For many, it feels like a lifetime ago. The initial quiet and darkness of the morning that fills the air. The excitement that builds and radiates through each […]

    ROT6 Survey Results
  • The High Five: Ultrarunning Films

    A new segment on our journal, join us for “The High Five” as we share a snapshot from a variety of running topics. From fuel favourites to destination races, running […]

  • How Yoga Can Complement Your Running Routine

    When we think of running, we don’t typically make an association to practicing yoga. Lacing up for a speed workout may seem inherently different to unrolling your yoga mat and […]

    Yoga and Running
  • BLM and Running: The Marathon Continues

     In the year 2020, two main evolutions and developments to both recreational and competitive running occurred. Covid-19 put a wrench in traditional 10,000+ person marathons leading race directors and individuals […]

  • Running with Grief

    I lace up my shoes and head out. It’s not like I haven’t run before. I’ve run so many times over the past years. It’s just that this time feels […]

    Mental Health
  • Going the Distance

    Am I a ‘runner’ yet? How many kilometres do I have to log? How many days per week do I have to run? What combination of answers to these questions […]

  • Getting Back on the Roller Coaster: A Return to Running

    I often compare the journey of running to a roller coaster. Lots of twists and turns, ups and downs. And some time periods of running are like those big, giant […]

  • Running through the Six: How the Design of the City Unconsciously Impacts Running

    If you lived in Toronto circa 2005, you may recall there was a race put on by Nike. The race, runTO10K, had a playful marketing campaign pitting each neighbourhood against […]

  • The “Cheapest” Sport Comes with a High Price

    Often, running is considered one of the cheapest sports. A pair of shoes is all you need right? Technically, yes but those shoes do not come cheap. According to Runners […]

  • Men are killing their workouts. Women are getting killed at theirs.

    With the Daylight Savings Time firmly in effect, my post-work runs are now in the dark. So, one evening when trotting the perimeter streets of Milton, I was about to […]

    women's safety
  • Get Off The Road: Winter Trail Running

    If there are bonus kudos awarded to those who continue to run outside when the snow starts to fall, there could be an extra gold star for the runner who […]

  • 3 Lessons Running Has Taught Me

    Every runner’s personal experience with running is different, and we can see it in all the ways we choose to run. When we choose to run: think of the early […]

  • Transitioning to Become a Morning Runner

    I used to scoff at runners who told me they’d wake up at what to me was the middle of the night to go running. In my mind, there was […]

  • What Runners Look Like: Body Image and Running

    “So what do you like to do for fun?” “I like to run! How about you?” “Wow that’s amazing! As you can probably tell looking at me, I’m not a […]

  • Want to get faster? Start running slower!

    This headline sounds so counter intuitive, right? Because traditional thinking and a lot of social media says to get faster, you need to run faster, try harder, keep at it, […]

    slow running
  • Run TO, Shop TO: Aleksandra Myszk of AM Coffee Studio

    Our new “Run TO, Shop TO” blog series aims to shine a spotlight on Toronto-area runners who are also passionate small business owners. We have all heard about the challenges […]

    Shop Local
  • Run TO, Shop TO: Phil Cha of Riddle Room

    Our new “Run TO, Shop TO” blog series aims to shine a spotlight on Toronto-area runners who are also passionate small business owners. We have all heard about the challenges […]

    Shop Local
  • Run TO, Shop TO: Laura McLean of Laulaubird

    Our new “Run TO, Shop TO” blog series aims to shine a spotlight on Toronto-area runners who are also passionate small business owners. We have all heard about the challenges […]

    Shop Local
  • Run TO, Shop TO: Heather Gardner of Kardia Athletica

    Our new “Run TO, Shop TO” blog series aims to shine a spotlight on Toronto-area runners who are also passionate small business owners. We have all heard about the challenges […]

    Shop Local