What does it feel like to run 80km?

A couple of weeks ago, along with 3 others, I ran 80km! I’m not sure I can adequately describe the feelings experienced as Chris Tse, Andre Lessard, and I supported Sean Wingrave and his Really Long Run to End MS. Arriving in Camrose, 12 hours after leaving Nisku with 9 ½ hours of feet pounding pavement, was incredible! I will admit however there were times during the day that I wondered how I got myself into this. How far are you running?! How long will it take you? Why are you … [Read more...]

Cross-training For Endurance Athletes

Cross training can be defined as a supplementary style of fitness training that is different from ones sport. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the term “cross-training.” Cross-training is meant to target a specific energy system in the body, i.e. endurance/long duration activities target the aerobic system; therefore the style of cross training you would want to choose would not be exercises that continue to tax the aerobic system. This is how over-training and overuse injuries occur. … [Read more...]

Why I picked the Garmin.

There was a lot if talk last week about sports watches first with Beto’s Pick on the Garmin and then Chris' CBC segment comparing a variety of watches that help keep you fit. It made sense because it is that time of year where many runners dust off their shoes, get off the treadmill and hit the trails. We have entered the beginning of race season where you start to set goals, you begin your training programs and the transition to shorts, tanks and sunglasses is in full affect. It is no … [Read more...]

Head to Head Comparison: Smart Watch vs. Activity Trackers vs. GPS Running Watches

Want to get more activity in during the day? If you walk into any fitness store, or grocery store for that matter, you can now buy an activity monitor like a Fitbit, Jawbone, or a smart watch like the Apple iWatch thinking it's going to change your life. Activity monitors have become pretty complex: they measure steps, distance ran, sleep pattern, calories burnt, measure heart rate, read text messages and emails. But how do these activity trackers actually function? Many of these activity … [Read more...]

You don’t pick your race day: How Boston didn’t go as planned.

It has been two weeks since the marathon and although this blog was never going to be easy to write - I think this is an important story to share. By now you may have heard that the Boston Marathon did not go as planned, or even remotely how I anticipated. For those unaware, the flu got the best of me and after a week of pretending I didn’t have it, I landed in Boston only to struggle more and more to hide it. I thought mental toughness could outweigh my body slowly breaking down but alas; I … [Read more...]

Boost your running efficiency with this post run band workout

The workout below is designed to work on strengthening common underactive muscles in runners. Strengthening these muscles can help to avoid injury and improve running efficiency.  Here you can find another runner specific workout I created. Running long distances can put a lot of stress on the body. As you tack on the kilometers your body starts to lose form and efficiency when you begin to fatigue; which is often where overuse injuries come from. Adding a cross training routine can be said … [Read more...]

Learning Opportunities: My Journey to the Boston Marathon

Every moment presents an opportunity to learn, grow and evaluate. My journey to the Boston Marathon has been no exception. From the much talked about “listening to your body” components, to program designs, to nutrition, I have had subtle and not-so-subtle reminders of each. Some made significant impact while others I interpreted as soft guidelines (a.k.a. my continual over consumption of peanut butter). During this training cycle, one memory stands out among the rest. It happened a few … [Read more...]

2016 – Let’s Do This!

Ringing in the new year allows me to be both reflect and anticipate. As I reflect on 2015 I look back at the fitness goals that I set January 4, 2015 and published for you all to see: In 2015 I will… participate in a variety of activities to build strength, definition and endurance appreciate my body for its strength and endurance, and for what it allows me to accomplish daily (this will require great control of my self-talk and Rob’s patience) complete a second marathon … [Read more...]

The Run. 2016.

  This January 1 – join us for something a little different. Rather than focusing on what you will do differently in 2016 – we want to celebrate all the victories we had as a community in 2015 and set new audacious goals for the year to come. As a member of the Blitz Community – we want you to start the New Year off with us. At 10 bells on January 1 we will shuffle out the Blitz doors and hit the streets on our inaugural “THE RUN”. Pick your pace and distance (you are bound to … [Read more...]

Hidden running trails of Edmonton: Downtown Edition

I've said this countless times: I take mini vacations every time I run on trails. It's great to take time off and take a trip, but when the schedule is hectic  a quick dive in the woods to chill and relax is priceless. I have had a few requests for quick trail trips that are a few steps away from downtown so here it is. My two points of advice for running during this time of year: Gear Up: Some of these trails are a bit slick so make sure you tread lightly and grab a good set of trail shoes … [Read more...]