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!

  • Tracking your runs: Monitoring your cycle

    Females participating in aesthetic sports often talk about, or are impacted by, menstrual cycles. For example, within dance and gymnastics, females often experience their first period (menarche) later than ‘normal’, […]

  • The High Five of Favourite Running Socks: Let’s Sock and Roll

    Running and running shoes are a pair that are usually talked about a lot. Runners check out shoe reviews (or at least I do!) and we try different ones to […]

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  • Tracking your runs

    Runners love to track. Tracking looks different for everyone, but most often takes the form of: Indicating what days you run Recording the distance or pace of your run  Totalling […]

  • Finding Your Why

    I’ve heard many times that it’s important to “Find Your Why?” But to be very honest, I struggle with what that means. Maybe my why is just lost. Sometimes I think I’ve found it. That I’ve found some magic reason that makes sense as to why I run.

  • Running “Prehab”: Preventing Injury with a CAMPT Physiotherapist

    It’s easy to take movement for granted. Each day we rely on the ability of our bodies to perform movements of daily life.  When we run, we utilize our muscles […]

  • How to Become a Better Runner: A Focus on Pelvic Health

    When I started running about a decade ago, if I ever thought about strengthening, I thought about the typical muscle groups–leg muscles, like quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles for power […]

  • Running and Pregnancy: What People Should Consider

    I often think about how amazing the human body is. The stamina, adaptability, and resilience that it continually demonstrates raises the bar as to what people are capable of. No […]

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  • The High Five: It’s Getting Hot!

    Anyone else have a long run this past weekend that left you feeling “huh???” You know the feeling: training is flowing along beautifully and then suddenly you’re on the struggle […]

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  • Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs in Toronto 2020-2021: How we can continue to adapt

    We’ve all become eerily familiar with the concept of lockdown and stay-at-home orders here in Toronto. Being a Toronto runner has come with some privilege over the last year, but […]

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  • Talking It Out: Sports Psychology and Running

    The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I thought it would be a good time to talk about my own personal journey with how my mental health […]

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  • What is Fartlek Training?

    The more you get into running, the more you’ll begin to learn and try out different types of training methods to improve your performance. One such training workout is the […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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?

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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