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Canadian Running January - February 2017

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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10 questions with… justyn knight

What would you say are your defining characteristics as a runner? I know that I have to be confident in my ability to compete with others and also patient and not try and rush things. I take a lot of pride in hard work. What do you admire most in another runner? I admire the runner who’s a hard worker and refuses to give up no matter what challenge they’re facing. You don’t have to win everything but as long as you give it your all, there’s nothing to be disappointed about What is your idea of happiness? My idea of happiness is living life comfortably with the people I love. As long as me and my family are living life comfortably, there’s nothing more I can ask for. Who are your athletic heroes? I looked up…

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the season of change

Two months. That’s how long it takes to break old habits and form new ones, according to recent research. It can sound daunting, smashing long-held poor routines and forcing yourself to make time for new, healthier habits that you know will ultimately help you achieve a goal (I swear that 2017 is the year I start doing regular core exercises). This “change” themed issue is always one of my favourites to put together. The enthusiasm and positivity that we encounter here at Canadian Running is infectious, and when I reached out to a variety of different writers and runners across the country for input, we received a f lood of great ideas and powerfully inspirational stories. Starting with the cover athlete of this issue, Toronto-based coach Jennifer McConnell shares her passion for the…

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Canada’s Best Bling p.14 How to avoid the holiday running slump p.36 TRACEY TONG runs and writes in Ottawa and Toronto. When she isn’t training for her next marathon, she’s dashing after her two-year-old daughter, Millicent. @traceytong Is marathoning in Canada headed back to the dark ages? p.16 PATRICK MACKINNON ran cross-country and track at the University of Waterloo. He is still competing across a variety of distances postcollegiately. He lives in Hamilton. There’s something about the Cabot Trail Relay p.60 ALTAIRA NORTHE is a runner with the Parkdale Roadrunners and a freelance writer, splitting her time between in Toronto and the West Coast. Last May, she had the pleasure of joining an all-women’s team to take on the Cabot Trail Relay, and act as an embedded reporter for her feature on the experience. @ctrlaltaira Running To Stand Still p.80 LAUREN STOPE was…

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Whit-Love Just a month removed from shattering the 4:00-barrier at age 85, Ed Whitlock set a 15K world record, and he felt some serious social media love: LINDA PELLETIER Such an inspiration, I run with my dad who’s 74, a spring chicken. LISA DURAND I just listened to an interview with him. He runs three hours a day! EVERY DAY! Oh, and occasionally he’ll take a day off to run a short race. He considers those his speedwork. MICHAEL BELLS Ed the energizer bunny: he just keeps going. ALFRED KEEP What an inspiration for us aging runners. GREG BRYSON As one does when one is AWESOME. Ed for the Lou Marsh Trophy. Read our Ed Whitlock feature on p.48 Runners love racewalkers After Evan Dunfee, an Olympic racewalker, ran and won a halfmarathon, you were impressed: PIERRE SAINT-LAURENT Race walkers get A⁄ajj of the credit…

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canada’s best bling

When it comes to finisher’s medals, there are two major camps of runners: those who couldn’t care less whether they receive a medal for their efforts, and those who sign up for events based on the hardware offered at the finish line. In the end, runners who love those little trinkets outnumber the ones who don’t. They’ve got race organizers across the country looking to outdo themselves from the previous year. We’ve rounded up a list of 10 of our favourite race medals from across Canada from 2016. Whether you’re a medal snob or a casual collector, you’ll want to add these races to your 2017 bucket list. SCOTIABANK TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON The medals have depicted a different Toronto landmark every year since 2008. Last year’s medal showed off Toronto’s 1960s futurist twin-towered…

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the best of the rest

Disney Marathon Orlando, Fla. For the steep entry fee, you’d expect the medals from Disney Marathon weekend to be pretty magical. Large, heavy-duty and colourful, these highly-coveted medals feature beloved characters, proving again that nobody does it like Disney. Oak Barrel Half-Marathon Lynchburg, Tenn. Finishers received wooden medals with burnt edges resembling the wood of a whiskey barrel. Air Force Marathon Dayton, Ohio These esthetically pleasing medals feature a different military plane every year, making them highly collectible. Stumpy’s Marathon Newark, Del. Trail Dawgs’ is a fun and friendly event with muddy terrain. The “medals” – a rock, with a sticker on top – certainly match the race. Hobble Gobble Prediction Run Potsdam, N.Y. All finishers get a cute medal, but the real prizes are the 12 Thanksgiving turkeys awarded to the runners whose estimated finish times are closest to their actual finish times. Runs…