How to Avoid Athlete Burnout

As an athlete I am continuously pushing my body, to it’s limits, and then beyond those. On most given days, I am either training hard or recovering from a challenging training session. I work full time, have a business on the side, a long list of responsibilities and commitments, but training often takes priority. It is what I do, it is so much of who …

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What are Junk Miles and are you Running Them?

The term “Junk Miles” can be a bit ambiguous in the world of running and racing. However, there is a good philosophy in eliminating them from your training plan. Essentially, junk miles are your filler runs. You know the runs during the week, where you’re not really pushing the pace or distance, you’re just out there running. It is possible …

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15 Things I’ve Learned From Long Distance Running

Through training for long distance runs, primarily speaking of the marathon and beyond I have naturally been forced to spend a lot of time by myself. Through long training runs, weekly miles and gym sessions, me, myself and I have become better acquainted. Training for an epic race or goal can be an amazing time to get to know yourself …

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10 Must Have’s For Winter Running

(Sadly) It is that time of year where we start to hibernate a little bit, our season of races is over, training is at a bit of a stand still… But its winter and we all know we want to go outside and play in the snow…or rain (depending where we live)! Here is my top 10 list of winter running …

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Shake Those Pre-Race Jitters

You’ve put the training in, you feel as ready as you will ever be, and you’re excited for your up coming race but you just can’t seem to shake the pre-race jitters. Anxiety before a big race is totally normal and part of the process. Even the most season runners have butterflies while getting ready the night before or toeing …

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7 Tips for Loving the Long Run

Ahh, the long run. A cruical part of any distance runner’s training plan, the one workout you shouldn’t skip especially in marathon training. If we are talking ultras, you are probably logging a few of these a week. Long runs are either the love of your life, or the most dreaded day(s) of the week. Whether you love it or …

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Get up, Get Moving

If you are like me, you hate mornings. You could sleep in every morning if life permitted. You drag yourself out of bed at last possible minute after hitting snooze multiple times and the thought of exercising in the morning is probably the worst idea you’ve ever heard of. I blame working 12 hour night shifts for my lack of …

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How to Kick the Post Race Blues

Post race depression. It is a thing, and you are not alone. After months of training, devoting yourself to something and the high of the event, once it is all said and done you can feel a little low. It might leave you feeling confused of what to do next. When so much of your time and energy is spent …

7 Tips for an Awesome Taper

Tapering… some people love it, some people hate it. Familiar with the term? ta•per /ˈtāpər/ – verb: 1. diminish or reduce or cause to diminish or reduce in thickness toward one end. 2. gradually lessen. 3. the point at the end of a runner’s training cycle when s/he turns into a manic human, frantically devouring every carbohydrate within arms reach …

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Prepping for 130kms

What does 2 weeks before a 130km race look like? For everyone it will look different but here is what it looks like for me… On August 22nd I will be towing the start line of day 1 of the Squamish 50/50 2 day ultra marathon trail race. Day 1 consists of 80km or 50miles of narly squamish trails followed …