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!

  • 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 […]

    Ultra
  • 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 […]

    Community
  • 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 […]

    NEW RUNNERS
  • 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 […]

    MOTIVATION
  • 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 […]

    Expectations
  • 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
  • Why Students Should Run Too

    University and College years are often described as a time of self-discovery. For myself, my discovery came in the form of developing a new love and hobby; running. In my […]

  • “Do You Have to Run on Our Vacation, As Well?”

    Tell me if this sounds familiar. You and your non-running partner decide to go on a family vacation. Your home evolves into an atmosphere of joy and excitement as both […]

    Runcation
  • Finding The Time to Train

    When I was trying to qualify for the 2017 Boston Marathon, I started a blog (Brooklyn2Boston) to document the journey. The blog is long gone, but I was able to […]

    Motivation
  • How to Run From Injuries

    I’m going to start by saying I love running. Despite my contorted face as I put one foot in front of the other, it feels awesome. It makes me feel […]

    Injury-Free
  • The Importance of “Finding Your Why”

    Like most runners, running for me has primarily been used as an outlet – time where I can dedicate my thoughts to just putting one foot in front of the […]

    New Runners
  • Finding Run-Love in the Time of COVID: 5 tips for new runners

    Over the past few weeks, a number of friends have reached out to ask me “how to start running.” My first reaction is always to doubt my ability to answer […]

    Inspiration