Things Are Good: Marathons Aren’t as Impressive as Running a 5K

Running a marathon is seen as the big goal for committed runners – and it’s quite the triumph since running for so far and long is a big challenge no matter how healthy one is. I’ve never run a marathon and I just found out that there’s no reason to (phew!). It turns out that ...

cmkl: Scrubbed

Damn. Damn damn damn damn. I put on running shoes for the first time since Jan 8 this evening, to test these new traction aids, test clothing and see how well my achilles was progressing in preparation for the race tomorrow. The answer? Clothing great. Traction aids probably fine. Achilles tendon? Total disaster. In less ...

cmkl: Achilles tendon

Apparently it is responding well to massage and ultrasound. But I did fail the “lift on one foot without pain test. Once again I can’t say enough good things about Carleton’s sports therapy clinic and Natalie Bélanger who fit me in today at the last minute. Gonna get me some exercises. Gonna get me some ...

cmkl: Half marathon

I’m very pleased with myself, yes. I did the distance three or so weeks ago, but using the 10 minutes running, one minute walking training method the Running Room uses for their long slow distance runs. Today I did it straight out. And I beat my 1:40 target time. And it felt really good. My ...

cmkl: Evaluating fitness websites: numbers prove it happened… but whose?

I’ve been doing a fair bit of running lately. I’m taking a clinic at the Running Room, but apart from that, I run alone. Some people get motivation by running with friends, other runners. Numbers motivate me. Compared to the Timex digital watch I used to use to time myself when I was in high ...

cmkl: Back in running shoes

My first bit of proper exercise since January 19th. Nathalie Belanger, the most excellent physiotherapist told me yesterday evening I was okay to “resume activity” unless I encountered pain. So tonight I got on my running shoes and went for 6.6km along the canal. It felt great. No pain. I picked the right clothes, I ...

cmkl: In the zone, as they say

My first effort to slow down went pretty well I think. I started out painfully slow. The “low heart rate” warning beep came about one minute in, and I thought I could maybe pick it up a little.

cmkl: Slow down to speed up

I went for a run today for the first time in a bit. I thought I would skip the Running Room regimen and just see how I was doing. I ran the 6.6km loop along the canal between Bronson and Pretoria without any pauses and at pace.

cmkl: And now I have a heart rate monitor

I’m about to become insufferable. I apologize in advance. I have abiding love of performance metrics. And maps. GPS units make me positively giddy with excitement. And have recently been schooled on the meaning and import of heart rate when it comes to getting exercise.

cmkl: Heartbeat

This Running Room clinic has really opened up my eyes to a whole world of technicalia around running. Heart rate, specifically. I bought a heart rate monitor with my bike GPS. And I used it a few times just to see what sort of numbers it gave me. And I didn’t see the point of ...

cmkl: Lactic acid

I’m taking a “learn to run” course at the Running Room these days. It seems silly, yes. After all, I have been running – off and on – most of my life. And most humans – if they’re able – learn to run pretty early in life. But there is, actually, an awful lot to ...

Blevkog: Full Esteem Ahead

This morning, as I was making my way through my email, I caught a short news item in Academica Top Ten about a school in Calgary discontinuing awards and competitions based on the work of Alfie Kohn, an author who writes about child behaviour and parenting. The theory is that, “awards eventually lose their lustre to students who ...

Things Are Good: Paris Marathon Runners Generated Energy to Power Event

At the recent Paris marathon the runners literally generated electricity. Pavegen put down a series of tiles that create an electric charge when compressed, so all they had to do was lay the tiles along the marathon route. The resulting energy generated by the runners was enough to power signs and screens during the event; ...

Things Are Good: Get High from Running

You may hear from people who run that they feel great afterwards and get “addicted” to running, well it turns out our bodies may be born to run, which is why we get high from it. As a doctor, Morganti knows what regular running does for her body. “Your heart gets stronger. It gets bigger. ...