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Fall Classic Pick Up

November 9, 2017

Don’t forget the Fall Classic is this weekend. Pick up times for race kits are as follows: Forerunners North Shore: 980 Marine Drive Thursday November 9th: 12-6 pm Forerunners Main Street: 3889 Main Street Friday November 10th: 3-8 pm Saturday November 11th: 12-6 pm For further race info including start times, course maps, directions, and […]

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Join the Pacific Road Runners

October 31, 2017

Pacific Road Runners (PRR) is a recreational running club, with members interested in leading a fit and active lifestyle combined with social events. We compete, but we don’t enter expecting to win. We’re more interested in achieving personal goals and having fun doing it. We provide a safe, supportive group with which to train. Our […]

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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 27, 2017

I am home now from Toronto and have had some time to reflect on my marathon experience on Sunday. Going in to Sunday’s race I knew I was fit and ready to run a great race, I also recognized that this is a marathon and sometimes it doesn’t matter how fit and ready you are […]

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PRR FREE Running Seminar-October 25th

October 23, 2017

“Your Heart, Your Health, and Your Running” Our friends at the Pacific Road Runners (hosts of the “First Half” Half Marathon) are hosting their annual FREE running seminar on Wednesday October 25th at 7 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Guest speakers include: Olympic Race Walker Evan Dunfee & Sports Cardiology BC. Runners of all […]

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Why Matcha May Benefit Your Health & Performance

October 11, 2017

by, Carolyn Berry, BSc., RD, CDE Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator www.berrynourished.com @berrynourished_rd   With today’s focus on health and natural foods, many runners are turning away from traditional pre-workout powders and drinks that are highly processed and instead looking to natural alternatives. Matcha green tea is rising in popularity and is increasingly becoming […]

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Five Key Factors to Your Taper

October 7, 2017

Five key factors to your taper for the half or full marathon. You’ve finished the longest run and now you begin your taper for your race which is a few weeks away. 1) Weekly mileage – The Forerunners program is not a high mileage program therefore the weekly mileage drop is not as dramatic. A […]

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Tips for Victoria Marathon Race Weekend

October 6, 2017

It’s Race Weekend! Good luck to everyone racing this weekend! The hardest aspect of racing is the months of preparation leading up to race day, and if you’re toeing the line this Sunday you’ve already won the main part of the challenge. The race itself is a celebration of what you’ve accomplished in your training […]

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Why should runners strength train?

September 26, 2017

By Sean Del Ben, MKin, HBK, CSCS The main difference between a marathon champion and 20th place is efficient technique. That’s right, the key to improving your running performance may not solely be improving your V02 max, if at all depending on your current experience. Once your V02 max reaches your genetic potential, more mileage […]

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Oats of Steel

September 6, 2017

by Carolyn Berry, BSc., RD Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Consultant www.berrynourished.com @berrynourished You’re likely to find an oatmeal recipe in nearly every running article, running website or running cookbook you come across. Why? It’s a whole, unprocessed food that’s easy to prepare, simple to digest, and leaves you feeling full. This makes it a great […]

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Foretrails Fall Clinics at Forerunners North Shore

August 28, 2017

This is your chance to explore our beautiful North Shore Trails and maybe make some new friends! Clinics meet at Forerunners North Shore on the first day, 980 Marine Drive, North Vancouver. (please carry water with you.) The clinics are skills-based training sessions covering technique, gear, hydration, navigation, safety, trail food, trail etiquette, day-to-day nutrition, […]

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Massage and your training by Sean Ford Cannon, RMT

Whenever I meet someone for the first time and the conversation gets to our occupations, there is usually one of two or three things that occurs: (a) eyes light up as questions about massage bubble to the surface; (b) that nagging shoulder spot seems to work itself into the conversation; and (c), the current room […]

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Yoga at Forerunners Main Street

August 19, 2017

Drop in yoga classes are on going at Forerunners Main Street. “Yoga For Runners” with Robin Willis Wednesday evenings at 7:45 Drop in fee: $10     Yoga with Tamara: Hatha Yoga on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am Yin Yoga on Friday mornings at 7:30 am Hatha: a sequence of physical exercises (asanas/poses) designed to […]

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The Long Easy Run

August 16, 2017

Our training program includes three types of running, speedwork, tempo runs and the long easy run. The easy/longer distance runs correspond to the running just below or at the aerobic threshold which is also the same as the heart rate training zone of 65% to 75% of maximum heart rate. When you improve your aerobic […]

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Recovery

July 25, 2017

Why it is Important? The average runner strikes the ground 1000 times per mile, 50-70 times a minute per foot with 2-4 times their body weight. The impact is received by one leg at a time, reverberating upward through the entire body. Running is a repetitive sport wherein the same muscles repeatedly coordinate is a […]

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Starting out: Get ready for a race

July 5, 2017

You’ve take your first step by deciding to race the Fall Classic. Its, time to think about how you will be getting ready to race. The days will go by quickly and you will want to keep on pace for the start line. 1. Establish a goal The first step you need to take is […]

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Where there’s a will……

July 1, 2017

This post began last year when friend and fellow Forerunners group leader, Walter Downey ran the Berlin Marathon and we discussed a post on his experience. Walter ran with a group of friends and celebrated his FOURTH Marathon Majors event (New York, Chicago, Boston and Berlin), which was also a part of the story. Well, […]

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Forerunners Main Street Ladies Night

June 27, 2017

Please join us Tuesday July 18th at 7:00 pm for our Brooks/Moving Comfort bra fitting evening. You’ll be welcomed at the door by local firefighter calendar men. Your night will include: wine and cheese bra fashion show personalized bra fitting Entry to this event is $15 (payable by clicking the sign up link below). All […]

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The Forerunners Main Street 7 Summits of Vancouver Urban Challenge

June 3, 2017

The Forerunners Main Street 7 Summits of Vancouver Urban Challenge route includes seven peaks in the City of Vancouver that the participants must climb during the run. The total distance is 47 km (there is no official measurement of the course). The Challenge starts and finishes at Forerunners Main Street located at 3889 Main Street (and […]

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Food and Recovery

May 29, 2017

By Forerunners Main Street Ambassador, Krisina Bangma kristina@kitsenergy.com Kitsenergy.com If you are running, you can eat what ever you want – right? not so much…. As endurance athletes we often think that we are burning so many calories that we can eat whatever we want and as much as we want. When in truth, athletes […]

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Introduction of Forerunners Main Street Ambassadors

May 27, 2017

Introducing our newest Forerunners/New Balance brand ambassadors, Kristina Bangma and Facundo Chernikoff. Kristina Bangma My career in the fitness and wellness industry began in 1998 as a Registered Massage Therapist, living in Whistler BC. After four years instead of helping people recover from the same injuries, I wanted to teach them how they could play and […]

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Pancake Run

May 23, 2017

Come help us celebrate the Grand Opening of Forerunners Main Street with a 5 km and 2.5 km Pancake Social Run around Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday May 28th at 9:30 am. Free pancakes will be served after the run! It’s fun for everyone. After, our friends from Brooks will be on hand to show […]

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Forerunners Main Street Grand Opening Events

May 21, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce our Grand Opening for Forerunners Main Street. Please join us for our upcoming events to celebrate: Sunday May 21, 2017 Boston Marathon Documentary Run and Movie Showing. Come out on May 21st for a morning of fun. Meet at 9:30am for a 10k run from Forerunners Main Street, coffee break at […]

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Teaching Someone to Run – That Should Be Easy

May 16, 2017

Per the previous posting on Running in the Zone, I am about to head up a new Learn to Run 5K clinic at Forerunners (on Main). I’ve written the guide book/runner log and tentatively figured out suitable routes. I’ve even had experience at teaching people to run. Some we were teaching to run faster. I’ve […]

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Forerunners Main Street Clinics Until July

May 15, 2017

Forerunners Main Street 3889 Main Street, Vancouver, BC |Grand Opening 5km & 2.5km Social Run Phone (604) 559 – 3889 |Sunday May 28th, 9:30 am Intstagram: Forerunners_Main_St #yourunstartshere |Everyone welcome Strava: Forerunners Main Street |Pancakes, juice and coffee post run Email: mainstreet@forerunners.ca Website: www.forerunners.ca |Walk, Jog, Run to Queen Elizabeth Park Running Clinics for Spring […]

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What to Eat Pre-Run

May 1, 2017

By Carolyn Berry, BSc., RD Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Consultant www.berrynourished.com @berrynourished Eating before you exercise can help you to run longer, with more intensity and with more ease. What foods you choose and how much you eat before you run depends on when, how long, and how intense your run or event will be. […]

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Smiling Into the Wind

April 5, 2017

So that went better than expected. Here is my recap of Around the Bay 30K. In my experience it’s one of the most challenging courses I’ve ever run. It leaves me feeling petrified of the marathon distance but this year I left Hamilton confident and excited to give the marathon another go in Ottawa at […]

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Forerunners Main Street Social Run

April 4, 2017

Please join us on Saturday April 15th at 8:00 am for our inaugural social run at our brand new Main Street location (3889 Main Street, Vancouver, BC). We are planning a 36 km and 19 km Social Run to prepare runners for the Vancouver Half and Full Marathon. The date is key as it is […]

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Forerunners Social Run for Vancouver Half and Full Marathon

April 1, 2017

Please join us on Saturday April 15th at 8:00 am for our inaugural social run at our brand new Main Street location (3889 Main Street, Vancouver, BC). We are planning a 36 km and 19 km Social Run to prepare runners for the Vancouver Half and Full Marathon. The date is key as it is […]

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Out of the gates running

March 24, 2017

The spring racing season has officially commenced! I’m pleased with my first race at St. Patrick’s Day 5K, and it feels even better to start things off with a win. I tend to feel a bit trepidatious when it comes to the shorter races but this one was a good indicator that training is moving […]

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Join our Team!

March 14, 2017

Forerunners is looking to add to our team and that person could be you! Are you: energetic? passionate about having a positive influence on people’s lives? available on weekends? dedicated to outstanding customer service? enthusiastic about supporting your community? a good multi tasker? excited about working in a fast paced environment? You might be who we’re […]

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Training update and life lately

March 8, 2017

My last post outlined my October marathon debut which was a fantastic learning experience but left me broken and unable to walk for days. So after taking seven weeks off for a sacral stress fracture I very slowly started back. This was certainly the most cautious build back to running of my life but I […]

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Spring races & Nutrition tweaks

February 28, 2017

I am back to full training and it feels so good and so tiring at the same time. I am running 3 workouts a week, with one of those workouts included in my long run, while keeping my milage relatively low at around 70 miles per week. I am finding that the half/marathon pace workouts […]

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Social Run – the Forerunners Half Marathon

February 21, 2017

Thanks to Karen & Peter Butler – the fantastic owners of Forerunners Vancouver for 30 years – and Coach Carey Nelson, the Forerunners Social Half Marathon became a reality! The run was promoted to the local running community – a free supported half marathon to ‘make-up’ for the First Half. It coincided with our usual […]

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First Half-Course Preview

January 31, 2017

Forerunners and Mile 2 Marathon coach, Dylan Wykes gives us a look at this weekends upcoming Pacific Road Runners First Half 1/2 Marathon… At first glance this course looks pretty easy and fast. A little loop around Yaletown and then out along English Bay, around Stanley Park and back. A lot of Vancouverites are familiar […]

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A new year and I’m back up and running…

January 24, 2017

So I’ve neglected this blog since being injured in September. Perhaps as the injury lingered for 12 weeks and I didn’t have a lot to report on in the running front, and I didn’t feel motivated to share all the joys of cross training (elliptical, cyber arc, pool and bike workouts just don’t seem as […]

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Join the Pacific Spirit Tri Club

January 14, 2017

  Established in 1996, the Pacific Spirit Triathlon Club is Vancouver’s longest-standing triathlon club. They have over 100 members with a wide range of experience levels, so there is room for everyone from beginners to veterans! The club members share the same enthusiasm during their workouts as they do in their social events throughout the […]

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How much racing is too much?

December 29, 2016

⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2017 is just around the corner and that has many of us setting new goals and picking races to conquer in the new year. There are so many awesome races out there that it’s hard not to want to do a race every single weekend. So where do you draw the line?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There […]

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Still Basking in the Warm Glow of Jamaican Sun

December 27, 2016

Well, I’m trying to ‘bask’ but it is a bit hard with the current weather in Vancouver. Upon returning from a few days in Montego Bay, after the race time in Negril, I discovered that winter had come to Vancouver. While cogitating on this factoid, I got thinking about the contrast. When we left MoBay […]

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When to Hit the Treadmill

December 15, 2016

WHEN TO HIT THE DREADMILL Mother Nature threw a hissy-fit and hit the greater Vancouver area pretty hard last week. Those of you that are east of the rockies are laughing right now, but, it snowed, it was cold and our west coast butts were freezing. Dylan even broke out his Mizuno sleeping bag coat […]

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Celebrating 10 Years with Coach Carey

(video credit to Damian Frith, Carlos Chiu, and Lucy Chi) Happy 10 year anniversary, Coach Carey! It’s hard to believe he’s been coaching 10 years.  Recently at Forerunners, we were lucky enough to get our group of runners together at the Double D Pizza restaurant for a holiday party.  We had a great time with […]

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The big STWM recap

December 14, 2016

It has been almost seven weeks since the marathon. I have finally gathered my thoughts and I will tell you about the good, the bad, and the ugly! As discussed in my last post, prior to the race, I was feeling ready and workouts had gone splendidly. I flew to Windsor eight days out from […]

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Forerunners North Shore Honoured

November 15, 2016

  We were honoured with being awarded the 2016 Service Excellence Award at the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Excellence Awards. A talented group from Capilano University made a short film that showcased what we do and who we are. Thank you for the continued support over the years – here’s the video […]

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Mizuno Running – Wave Sky Testing

October 29, 2016

Mizuno Running – Wave Sky Testing Nov 25-27, 2016 Thanks for your interest in helping the Mizuno Global Product Development team test a new product called the Wave Sky. You will be asked to run 3 kilometers (at your own pace) in 4 different shoes. After each trial you will need to fill out a […]

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Fall Classic – Social Run

October 14, 2016

Join our friends at the Vancouver Marathon Society for the Fall Classic Social Run on Thursday, October 20th at Mahony & Sons UBC. Be there by 6:00pm to join in the 5KM run, followed by one complimentary beer from Stanley Park Brewing and be entered in a draw for the chance to win exciting prizes! […]

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Free Running Seminar October 24th

October 13, 2016

It’s that time of year again! As part of their presentation of the First 1/2 Half Marathon, the Pacific Road Runners are holding their annual free running seminar on Monday October 24th at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. This year’s speakers include: Chris Winter, local athlete and Rio 2016 Olympian in the Steeplechase, discussing […]

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One week and counting

October 11, 2016

One week to go until I toe the line at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. I am excited, anxious, nervous, petrified, and calm all at the same time! In short, this marathon build-up has been flawless. That’s a tough thing to say because in all honesty no one cares if you had the best or worst […]

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That fine balance……

September 28, 2016

It is funny how sometimes life repeats itself. A year ago I found myself in this same position. I was training for a fall marathon and as September rolled around I found myself injured. So what happened ? I was deep in my training for the TCSNYC marathon when I started to have a bit […]

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Fall Classic Pacers Needed

September 22, 2016

FALL CLASSIC PACERS Are you interested in becoming a Pacer for the 2016 Fall Classic on November 13th? We are looking for Pacers for the following distances and times: Half Marathon 1h30min ; 1h45min ; 2h ; 2h15min ; 2h30min 10KM 40min ; 45min ; 50min ; 55min ; 1h 5KM 20min ; 25min ; […]

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30th Anniversary Celebrations – Saucony Day

September 21, 2016

Come celebrate Saucony Day on Saturday September 24th at our West 4th Avenue location! Team Saucony will be hosting activities throughout the day to help us celebrate 30 years serving Vancouver’s running community. In addition to great Saucony deals in-store, we have fun activities planned all day: BBQ Party- We will be firing up the grill […]

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A Night with the Olympians

September 15, 2016

Join us on Tuesday September 20th at 6:30 pm at our 4th Avenue location (3502 West 4th Avenue) for a night with the Olympians. We’ll head out for a short run, then come back for a Q & A with local 2016 Olympians Lucas Bruchet and Natasha Wodak. Forerunners ambassador and London 2012 Olympian, Dylan […]

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30th Anniversary Celebrations-Mizuno Day

September 8, 2016

Join us for Mizuno Day this Saturday September 10th at our West 4th Avenue location. Mizuno Representatives will be on hand all day to help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary serving Vancouver’s running community. We’ve got lots planned for everyone including: Prediction Run-Stop in between 9 am and 12 noon.  Make your best guess at […]

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Forerunners is 30 Years Old

September 2, 2016

When Forerunners founders Peter and Karen Butler organized their first running clinic in November of 1986, about 25 people – and only one female – attended. Today, clinic sessions routinely attract up to 125 enthusiastic participants, across a wide range of abilities. Some 80 per cent of these runners are women. That’s just one aspect […]

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Olympic Track & Field Viewing Guide

August 12, 2016

Alright folks, Track & Field at the 2016 Rio Olympics is here! It’s only once every four years and these athletes have been busting their butts to be ready for this event. So lets get excited and get behind them. Here is our Guide for when to watch and who to watch out for, with […]

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A Couple Tips for the Marathon

August 5, 2016

Marathon season is fast approaching, with some of North America’s biggest marathons just over two months away. By now you should be well into your training for the big event. Whether you are tackling this beast of an event for the first time or it’s your 100th go at it, you have to respect the […]

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Eyes on the prize

July 22, 2016

After a rocky spring in which I felt like I was running with half my body, on very little actual running, it was nice to finally get it together and feel strong again for one more race of the season. I was looking forward to getting in a fast 10K at the Toronto Waterfront 10K, […]

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Moving forward and Back at it!

July 21, 2016

My last blog post mentioned the emotionally difficult times I was having in April. These emotional challenges increased in June with the loss of my mom. My mom had been unwell for a long time, 11 years in fact. She was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers at the age of 58 and had a very […]

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8 Running Tips from Coach Jerry

July 13, 2016

Dear Forerunners Runners, With the arrival of summer here in Vancouver and so many people out enjoying the vast landscape that our city has to offer, I thought it might be helpful to give you 8 easy tips to make your runs in the sun more effective and enjoyable. Below are just a few quick […]

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Join Our Team!

June 6, 2016

  Join Our Team Are you looking for a fast moving, fun-filled environment to work in?  Are you an energetic, self starter with a passion for running?  Are you eager to learn and push yourself?  Perhaps you’d like to join our team! Forerunners is looking for qualified applicants for both FULL-TIME and PART-TIME positions. We […]

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Darn Shin and Other Racing Recaps

May 28, 2016

Darn shin and other racing recaps. This always seems to happen to me — I put the whole blog writing thing on the back burner when running becomes a bit tedious. It’s not that I want to hide anything but sometimes it’s confusing when one day you feel good and then the next day not […]

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Emotional Stress and Running

May 3, 2016

Another long overdue blog post, but I think it’s because I have been wondering how to approach this blog. It has been a blog in the making for a while but it is one of those hard ones to articulate as although it’s my story to tell, it is personal and also involves others. The […]

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