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Running

Run With or Without Music?

Running is music, if you’re patient enough to hear it.
Ask Miles, Runner’s World, Jan. 2013

That quote is one of the best I’ve ever heard and perfectly sums up my thoughts on music and running. To run with or without music is constantly debated and there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. You’re either for it or against it. Some races now even try to ban headphones on the race course citing safety reasons. I used to run with music, but now I don’t at all. Why the change of heart? Let me tell you.

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Running

Eat Real Food on the Run

It seems that people these days (especially athletes) are more concerned about what they’re putting into their bodies. People are choosing to eat real food again and avoid things that are overly processed or genetically modified – even if it’s more expensive. When I was training for my first half marathon, other runners in my training group were taking these GU gels on the long run. They didn’t look very good, but they all said it gave them a much needed energy boost. I always wore a fuel belt full of Gatorade so I thought that was enough.

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Books

11/22/63 Review – Stephen King

I am a huge Stephen King fan and have read almost every book he’s written. It’s been on my to do list for awhile now, but I’ve finally gotten around to writing my 11/22/63 review. I admit I wasn’t too keen on the story idea when I first heard about it. To me it sounded a little too much like The Dead Zone (ie. killing a man to change the future.) However, once I got about 20 pages in those feelings dissipated and I was totally hooked.

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Running

Winter Running Shoes – A Barefoot Runner’s Dilemma

Now that we’re a few weeks into December, I’m really starting to notice the cold during my runs. Thermal layers, gloves, and a hat are all standard attire for winter running in Canada, but what do other barefoot runners do? This is my first winter running after transitioning to barefoot, and my feet are really starting to get cold slogging through icy slush and huge puddles in my Vibram FiveFingers. I really needed to find some solid winter running shoes.

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Running

Barefoot Running Transition – My 1 Year Anniversary

One year ago I injured myself doing a tempo run in minimalist shoes. My calf muscle went and I was forced to walk 3km home in agonizing pain. On that long walk home I started thinking that something had to change. Does it really need to be like this? Why do runners just accept that being injured is par for the course? I took a week off of running, iced my aching calf and did a little research. I got myself a copy of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and it really inspired me to get back to running. What intrigued me was that it seemed to echo my sentiment that you can run pain-free – if you’re willing to be patient and put in a little work. You can’t just ditch the shoes and expect to be able to run 10 miles barefoot. Elite marathoners from countries like Kenya and Ethipoia have been running barefoot all their lives, so they already have really strong feet. Mid-pack runners like myself have been wearing shoes all their lives and have underdeveloped foot muscles. I really needed to strengthen my feet if I was going to successfully transition out of my neutral-cushioned shoes and into barefoot running.