The winds, wins and whines of winter

If the sudden drop in temperature, stranded transit vehicles and exhausted snow shovelers haven’t alerted you, winter isn’t coming, it’s here. With it comes the oft-repeated statement, “There’s no bad weather- only bad gear!” It’s a phrase that sends a slight chill down my spine, like that few steps into a headwind. Why do I […]

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Run With It: Creating Connection, Creating Community

Introducing Alejandro De La Cruz (he/him) @brownbeardrunning Today, he writes about his experience and motivation to create community through running. Alejandro became a member of the GTA running community when he moved from the USA during the pandemic. Alejandro has a love of running, fashion, and is part of the Brooks Run Happy Team. He […]

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What’s Stopping You? Excuses vs. Barriers in Running

I spend a lot of my day interacting with runners. It’s rewarding because it highlights how diverse we are, coming to the sport from different backgrounds, for different reasons, with different goals. At the same time, I see similarities between us, beyond stories of epic races, favourite shoes and disgusting gels. I gotta say: we’re […]

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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 say this? And what do we think when we hear this? For many, running is an important part of their identity, an integral part of […]

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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 running adventures south of the border. I am sure many of my fellow runners feel the same. Race travel has always required some degree of […]

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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 reminder of this is more evident than in pregnancy and even more so, running while pregnant.  The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of Canada recommends […]

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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 bus, seemingly out of nowhere? Well, that was me! I was so pumped for the beautiful weather, but totally forgot about the (what I’m now […]

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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 that doesn’t mean that the running community hasn’t faced hardships. Listed below are some of the changes the Toronto running community has seen over the […]

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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 running. Over the horizon you see a figure making their way towards you. It is another runner.  As they get closer, what do you do? […]

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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 people runners spend time with, and what activities runners do the day before and after a run. Naturally, this becomes a part of a runner’s […]

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