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Canadian Running January/February 2018

Dedicated to getting runners the tools they need to succeed, Canadian Running gives professional advice and inspiration on everything you need to be faster, fitter and healthier. The magazine provides the latest on training, gear reviews, nutrition information and recipes, tips on the best places to run and race, and the inside story on the elite running scene.

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trevor hofbauer

1 What would you say is your defining characteristic as a runner? My height. [ 6'3"] 2 What do you admire most in another runner? Their mindset and ability to visualize a bigger picture. 3 What is your idea of happiness? Working towards my passion and putting in the effort to be the best at it while helping others to do the same. 4 Who are your athletic heroes? Jeremy Deere and Kobe Bryant. 5 Where would you like to live? Canmore, Alta. 6 What is your greatest running-related regret? I don’t have one. 7 What is your greatest fear? The unknown; particularly deep water and darkness. 8 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wouldn’t change a thing. 9 What’s one thing you can’t live without? My family. 10 What is your motto? Get a little bit better every day…

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this year will be different (seriously)

For about a 15-year period until this past year, the men’s and women’s marathon world records have produced a fascinating contrast. The men’s mark has been slowly chiseled down a touch over two minutes in predictable baby steps of about 20–30 seconds per breakthrough. Each new mark also seemed to come like clockwork every couple of years (mostly on the favourably fast streets of Berlin). Meanwhile, Paula Radcliffe’s performances from back in 2002–2005, culminating in a 2:15:25 in 2003, have been untouchable. No one has come close – even convicted dopers weren’t able to come within two minutes of her time. This all changed in 2017. Two performances this past spring were different, and not just in their outcomes, but also because of the style in which they were executed. At…

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KATELYN VERSTRATEN has worked as a journalist for the Toronto Star, CTV Vancouver and the Globe and Mail, and is now working as a science writer at the Terry Fox Research Institute. Her two passions are, unsurprisingly, running and writing. RACHEL HANNAH is a registered dietitian who specializes in weight management and performance nutrition. She’s also one of Canada’s top distance runners, and represented Canada in the marathon at the 2015 Pan Am Games, where she won a bronze medal. IAN MACNAIRN is a trail runner for The North Face team, living and running in Calgary. He’s also currently completing graduate research on the ultrarunning community for the University of Calgary. RHIANNON RUSSELL is a regular contributor to Canadian Running, writing features on a variety of different subjects. She has lived in Toronto…

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I’ve learned a lot this year, and totally overhauled my mental game and the way I stay present and focused when I run. The Mesa-Phoenix Marathon in February is my first mega-goal of 2018. Strong, confi dent, relaxed and finish on empty! And I know if I focus on these things, the PBs will come. Jamie Komadina, Prince Rupert, B.C. Goals are run two good half-marathons this spring (in under two hours) and, if all goes well with the training and if I solve the babysitting issues, train for my first marathon at the end of 2018. Sophie Marsolais, Boucherville, Que. So I have been working on my 10ks for almost five years now improving from 1:20 to 55 minutes in 2017. I had an ambitious plan to complete three half-marathons in 2017, but…

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My running goal for 2018 is to run and complete the Finlayson Arm 50. This past year I ran my first 50k race and fell short of my goal of finishing. I made it to the 45k mark before failing to meet the cut-off time requirement for the last stage. I felt fit both mentally and physically and the first 24k went well; I covered the hilly course in four hours. It was at this point my legs began cramping and I struggled physically for that next 21k. In 2018, I plan on doing more trail and hill training to fulfill my goal of completing a very challenging ultra. Kent Gass, Victoria In June, I will be running the Big Five Marathon in South Africa. This will be the sixth continent on…

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fuel on tap

When it comes to fuel, there are countless energy gels, powders and bars to choose. So why would anyone create a business in this crowded space? After experiencing their own share of digestive problems, two Toronto runners and highschool friends, Matt Smith and Pat Stark, knew that to maintain their passion for endurance sports, nutrition is key. “Unable to find anything, we started playing with different ingredients,” says Smith. “Coming from the land of maple syrup, we thought it would be a great fuel. That was the spark that worked best from a taste and performance perspective.” In 2014, with three simple ingredients – maple syrup, ginger blend and salt – the solution to their digestive worries was a water-soluble gel they called Endurance Tap. What drives you? “Whatever we do in life,…