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...]

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...]

You’re Invited! Off Season Training Program For Runners

Hello! For those who don't know me my name is Erin Shaw and I am a personal trainer at Blitz Conditioning. Since working as a trainer I have worked with various individuals that are runners (short and long distances), and I have provided them with their cross training for days they do not run. Because of my job as an observer I get to see what  clients sticking points are or what training compensations they have, first hand, and develop their programs with the ultimate goal of improvement in … [Read more...]

209 km of Lessons Learned.

Last month, I made a slightly crazy promise to run 200 km to Caitlin and Craig. 200 km meant that I would donate $200 to Joel's family and that both of these wonderful people would be matching me dollar for dollar.  Well 209 kilometers later I'm happy to say that this month has been a challenging but amazing adventure. I figured I'd make this blog a photographic journal of my runs, the amazing people I got to know, and the causes I supported. Over the past month I might have had three runs that … [Read more...]