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Canadian Running

Canadian Running September/October 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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in this issue

3 min.
10 questions with…   tony machado

1 What is The Extra Mile Crew? The Extra Mile Crew started three years ago at Ottawa Race Weekend. We’re volunteers ready to offer on-route encouragement to runners who want support to reach the finish line. 2 What led you to get involved? Late in 2014, I was really over-weight. I was walking up a set of stairs, getting absolutely winded and I realized that someone in their early 30s shouldn’t be experiencing that kind of discomfort. I kind of just made the decision to change my life at that point. It started slowly with walking; at first I hated every minute of it, but walking turned into walk-running and then running, and it kind of took off from there. 3 When did you run your first marathon? 2015, the Niagara Ultra Marathon. It went…

2 min.
finding your edge

Like a many of you who’ve picked up this issue, I decided to run my first marathon nine years ago because I wanted a new challenge and to get in shape. With hubris as my trusty guide I decided that, not only was I going to run a marathon, I’d qualify for the Boston Marathon. Hubris. Definition: excessive pride or self-confidence. My training plan went well through that summer, leading up to my chosen race in the fall, the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. I’d fallen in with some of the faster, more seasoned runners in my training group and successfully completed each weekly training plan. I was on course for the time I needed to qualify for Boston. Sure, people talked about this thing called The Wall, but how bad could it…

1 min.

Off the Beaten Path: On the Run in…Afghanistan p.22 Destination Race: The Arctic p.38 Canadian Trails: Running in Bear Country p.40 RHIANNON RUSSELL is a freelance journalist who lives in Whitehorse, and a regular contributor to Canadian Running magazine. She’s written for The Walrus, Outside, and Canadian Living. The Science of Running p.36 ALEX HUTCHINSON is a Toronto journalist, specializing in the science of running and other endurance sports. His latest book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, was published in February. Excercises: Impact Strengthening p.28 BRITTANY MORAN is a lifelong runner competing at many different levels and distances. She focuses on the marathon with a personal best of 2:40:46 at the Rotterdam Marathon in April 2018. Professionally she is a Toronto-based chiropractor and certified strength and conditioning specialist at The Runner’s…

2 min.
the warm-up

Myles Misener-Daley sets national U18 400m record at OFSAA Myles Misener-Daley, 17, of Hamilton, Ont., set the national U18 400m record at OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) in June at 45.99. The grade eleven student won both the 200m and 400m in 2017, and defended his titles successfully in 2018. Misener-Daley will compete in the U18 Jamaica Invitational, as well as the World Junior Championships this summer, and he hopes to run close to the Olympic standard of 45.50 by the end of his season. Misener-Daley is among a group of young athletes who are making history and breaking records in Canadian track and field. Jocelyn Chau, 18, of Toronto, broke the OFSAA 3,000m record in June. Chau has accumulated 11 medals during her OFSAA career. She will attend Yale University…

2 min.
kara lynne wark

When a grade seven student breaks the grade nine school record in the 1,500m, people take notice. Thus began Kara Lynne Wark’s career in running. A standout athlete throughout high school, Wark went on to compete for Western University in London, Ont. Five years ago, Wark and a group of friends decided to start a book club to encourage each other to read more. They soon had over 30 members and started saying no to newcomers, so Wark dreamed up the idea of a collective of book clubs throughout Toronto that would meet up together. “The U.S. election was going on during this ideation period of mine, which really put women’s rights at the forefront,” Wark says. The Bad Girls Collective launched on International Women’s Day, garnering over 1,000 followers in its first…

3 min.
high seas hero

Tim Kerr’s well acquainted with the term “high readiness.” As an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years, Kerr participated in the hunt for Bin Laden after 9-11, pursued drug traffickers in South America and chased pirates off the coast of Somalia. Yet nothing could prepare him for his near-death experience while on duty as Captain of the HMCS Algonquin six years ago. Kerr went above and beyond when completing the Voyageur Challenge at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend in May. Not only did Kerr walk the 5k, 10k and half-marathon races to complete the challenge, he did so with a rucksack on his back, that contained two steel plates weighing close to 24 kilograms. As a result, Kerr raised close to $7,000 in donations for the Bruyère Foundation…