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!

  • Running on the Mind

    Today’s post is in honour of Mental Health Month.  “Running is my therapy”. A common phrase that many people have heard and/or shared. But, what do we mean when we […]

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  • Running Disney: Here for a Good Time. And Sometimes a Long Time.

    While many fairy tales end with happily ever after, this runner’s story actually begins with it. Anyone who knows me (or has seen my Instagram feed) knows that I am […]

  • When Does Running Get Easier for Beginners?

    It’s hypothesized that human ancestors first started to run nearly 2 million years ago – so why is it the case that running doesn’t feel any easier after all this […]

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  • What I Learned Dealing with Plantar Fasciitis

    Injuries happen. It’s a part of the running journey. An unfortunate part, but a part that we all have to deal with at some point.  The most recent setback for […]

  • Running through the ages: How to master it

    It is well known that sport has positive physical and mental health benefits at all ages. While sport drop out is common during the teenage years, many athletes decrease sport […]

  • New Runner Series: How to Join a Run Group When You’re A Solo Runner

    I have an embarrassing confession: I’m afraid of running groups. I find them intimidating and in my mind, I’ve always felt that I’d be too slow, too casual, too awkward […]

  • Know the Half of it: Tips for a Successful Half Marathon

    I love half marathons. There are solid reasons this distance has grown in popularity: it takes work and dedication, but doesn’t have the same second-job feel as marathon training. The […]

  • The Social Side to Running

    By: Dennis Holden Moving to a new city/town can be a struggle. Now add in a move across the Atlantic and you will find yourself in my (running) shoes at […]

  • Routed in the Six

    In a sport where consistency is vital for reaching your goals, it should come as no surprise that runners are creatures of habit. One of the clearest examples of a […]

  • Parents on the Run

    This or That? If you are a runner who frequents social media – and chances are high that you are – you’ve likely seen the “this or that” images to […]

  • What is Plog Running?

    The global running community is well-known for its love of the outdoors.  After all, running for kilometers on end staring at your elapsed time on a treadmill just won’t compare […]

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  • Running to Some Feel Good Stories

    Read about three incredible feel good stories in the running world that took place in a difficult 2021. Lanni Marchant, Molly Seidel, and Shalane Flanagan show us what grit, determination, and fun can look like even in tough times.

  • Mastering a Long-Term Relationship with Sport: Stories of Masters Runners (Part 1)

    Runners of the Six put out a call on the Runners of the Six Instagram a few weeks ago asking what readers wanted to have included in the upcoming ROT6 […]

  • Run With It: Taking Back the Track

    The ROT6 Journal Team is excited to launch our 2022 content. From January until March, we will be posting twice a month on the second and fourth Saturday of the […]

  • Run Safety Guide

    Run Safety Guide – A few tips to share for keeping safe while running. Got a tip? Share it in a comment below.

  • Best Gifts for Ultra Trail Runners

    The best thing about purchasing gifts for ultra trail runners is that there is a big chance they’ll be used and valued by the person you give them to. Ultra […]

  • Running in the USA

    Pre-pandemic I would frequently travel to the US to run races. Now that the US/Canada border is officially open for discretionary (read: leisure) travel, I am excited to continue my […]

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  • New Runner Series: Marathon Advice for Newbies

    Running a marathon has always been one of my biggest running goals, my holy grail. This October, I finally accomplished that goal via a virtual race. While I had hoped […]

  • 5 Running Movies on Netflix You Can Watch This Month

    Whenever I’m in a bit of a running lull, I look for ways to get myself back into it. I might pick up a book, talk about it with other […]

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  • 5 Tips to Support a Runner on Race Day

    With in person racing coming back this fall and (hopefully) here to stay, you may be feeling a bit lost with the whole environment of a race. Running an in […]

  • Street Safety: Keeping your safe space safe

    When talking about running with friends and family, and the broader Toronto running community, over the last year, the word safe(ty) always seemed to come up. Many Toronto runners refer […]

  • Taking Up Space

    When I started running more than five years ago, one of the main things that drew me to the sport was being part of a community. As a female recreational […]

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  • The Return of In-Person Races

    With the events of the last year and a half, many in the running community are excited this fall. There is a return to in-person races all over the world […]

  • The High Five: Interesting Running Achievements in the Six

    As August winds down, the oppressive humidity and scorching temperatures of the summer start to fade away. For many, this signal of cooler weather conjures images of multi-coloured leaves and […]

  • 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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