Sunday Runday and with less than two weeks until my first in-person race in over a year and a half I found myself facing a morning run dilemma. New shoes. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about new shoes. Quite the opposite. While on vacation in the mountains a few weeks ago I finally found a pair of trail shoes in my size and splurged. The next morning I broke them in with an (a previously blogged about) eight kilometer trail run up some steep incline and early morning terrain in the wilderness beauty of our National Park system, and then … … well … that dilemma I mentioned a couple paragraphs back compounded itself: I haven’t run any…

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As the summer runs get longer (and hotter) I’ve picked up a new bit of gear to assist with the ever-present runner’s dilemma: hydration. I don’t think I need to write too many words on the subject of why water is important to … um … being alive, but certainly the effort of carrying enough fresh water (or other fluids that both fuel and hydrate) on a long distance run is a complex challenge for anyone who is out there on the trails. Water, of course, is heavy and clumsy. A bottle in the hand is something that needs to be carried, balanced, and on the trails two free hands are more useful than one might realize. On a short…

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Here in the western prairies of Canada winter is usually a deep, frozen trio of months shouldered by an unpredictable autumn at the front end and a sloppy, scattered mess of thawing weather on the tail. It’s Sunday, Runday, and this morning we ran a ten kilometer spring run through that some of that scattered mess of weather. The thing is, I know how to dress for cold. And I know how to dress for summer. But this Spring thing is so unpredictable I still almost always get it wrong. So what’s my (modest) advice? Flexible Headwear. I have this spring hat trick using a buff, one of those thin and multipurpose tubes of fabric. You can make a half-twist…

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The saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad wardrobe choices. Yet, as I prepare to post these words on this Sunday Runday it is -34 degrees Celsius on the other side of my front door and this morning I’m leaning on the fallacy of that statement: that’s actually pretty bad weather. I do run in the cold, frequently. When I run in the cold a few simple rules apply. Layer. Head to toes, it’s generally seems more effective when I have multiple varied layers of clothing than fewer. Layering not only traps warm air in the spaces between the layers, which is what keeps you insulated and warm, but it provides opportunity to select different fabrics…

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