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Where there’s a will……

Dan Cumming / 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, as things go these days, and even though we got off to a decent start, the project got side-tracked. As it turns out, that was a good thing because I think this post is going to be even better. While Berlin was a fabulous experience, […]

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Dan Cumming / 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 been a pace group leader for Forerunners Marathon and Half Marathon clinics and often have people who are already runners but trying out a new distance, so beginners in that sense. I’ve been doing some thinking on this and just like when you buy a […]

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Smiling Into the Wind

Dayna Pidhoresky / 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 the end of May. I have a lot more work to do but this race proved that I’m on the right track. Below I break it down by 5K segments — have a read if you want to see how the race progressed. 0-5K in […]

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Out of the gates running

Dayna Pidhoresky / 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 along nicely. Race morning greeted us with rain-free skies — a refreshing change to past years. I practiced the breakfast I will be using for Around the Bay 30K (this weekend) and went through all my usual long-race preparations — essentially using it as a […]

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Join our Team!

Todd Jangula / 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 looking for! With the exciting new addition of our location on Main Street, we are looking for high quality candidates to serve the running community in Vancouver.  If you think you have what we’re looking for, send contact info and resume to We look […]

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Training update and life lately

Dayna Pidhoresky / 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 knew it was important to keep everything else happy (in the past, debilitating shin splints have been my nemesis). I continued with cross-training to supplement my low mileage and kept up with my weight routine to increase strength. Over the course of December and January […]

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Spring races & Nutrition tweaks

Catherine Watkins / 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 are starting to come back, but my speed still needs a lot of work. I know it will come so I am just plugging away and enjoying the process. Apart from a bout with the stomach flu and a tough emotional week I have managed […]

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Social Run – the Forerunners Half Marathon

Bradley Cuzen / 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 Saturday training run, so it was a great opportunity for us to see familiar faces, as well as some new ones! In order to get in my full training distance, I started out by running from home – a 4km training run. As such, I […]

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First Half-Course Preview

Dylan Wykes / 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 with this route, covering parts of it in training. But it’s not as easy as it looks, especially the last 6k. Here’s our breakdown for you: 0-5km: This part of the course is pretty straight forward. Your GPS might go wonky on you passing under […]

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

Catherine Watkins / 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 fun to me). Now, however, I am back up and running and excited for the new year. It’s been about 8 weeks since I started my walk/run program and I am now back up to running every day. Last week I started back to a […]

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Join the Pacific Spirit Tri Club

Todd Jangula / 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 year- it’s a great way to become a part of the Vancouver triathlon community.   Trained coaches and volunteers run the club’s practices all year round (rain or shine!). You can run, bike, and swim on a timeline that works best with your own schedule. […]

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How much racing is too much?

Dylan Wykes / 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 is no straight answer. We always tell our athletes that races have to be prioritized, usually ranked A, B and C; A is the ultimate goal race, B deems an important race, but not as significant as the A race; and C sits pretty low […]

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Dan Cumming / 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 it was 82°F. That was Thursday afternoon around 3:30pm. Saturday morning, maybe 36 hours later, I led a small but brave pace group at the Forerunners marathon and half marathon clinic. The temperature was 32°F. You can do the math, just as I did. That […]

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When to Hit the Treadmill

Dylan Wykes / 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 for practice on Tuesday night! WHEN We are often asked when is it too cold to run outside. There isn’t really a temperature that we set the limits at. You aren’t going to do damage to your lungs by breathing in the air at temps […]

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Celebrating 10 Years with Coach Carey

Todd Jangula /

(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 food, friends, and laughter. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Carey’s journey.  And a special thank you to those who put together the great video and picture book commemorating a decade of running fun. See you all in 2017……and at our […]

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The big STWM recap

Dayna Pidhoresky / 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 the race so I could adjust fully to the time change and relax at home. I set my alarm to wake up at 5:30AM every morning to prepare myself for the early morning as well as I could. As usual, the intense marathon taper really […]

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Mizuno Running – Wave Sky Testing

Todd Jangula / 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 short questionnaire. To be eligible to participate you must: wear Ladies sz8, Mens sz9, sz10.5 or sz12 be capable of running 12 kilometers the preferred runner we are looking for is one that currently runs in high cushion, neutral shoes.   Testing will occur : […]

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Fall Classic – Social Run

Todd Jangula / 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! Join in #runvan This free, fun social run is in prep for the Fall Classic Run at UBC. More details here.

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Free Running Seminar October 24th

Todd Jangula / 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 his journey to achieve his goal of competing in the Olympic Games. Michelle Gentis of Team Joshua.  Michelle is an inspiration and the first mother/son duo wheelchair team to post a Boston Qualifier (BQ).  Michelle and son, Joshua are beneficiaries of Variety Charity and will […]

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