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Canadian Running May/June 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… rhonda-marie avery

Canadian ultra-trail runner Rhonda-Marie Avery has completed the 900-kilometre Bruce Trail and attempted the Barkley Marathons, arguably the hardest race in the world. She also happens to be legally blind, with only eight per cent vision. 1. What would you say are your defining characteristics as a runner? If you asked my weekly companion runners (those who guide for me frequently) they’d say I’m a bully. I mean, come on, let’s be real here, who in their right mind wants to get up for a 4 a.m., 2.5-hour run on a Wednesday before work? Those who live a safe distance away might argue the “inspirational” card. Trust me, that looks far cooler from a distance. Up close mostly it’s just: what’s the craziest, most unrealistic race or event that I should pick? What…

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full of grace

Fittingly, I first met Ed Whitlock at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon a few years back. Elite runners, politicians, dignitaries and the press were brought together for the formal opening of a weekend’s worth of running festivities. The East African elites sat together, excitedly chatting. Canadian elites like Eric Gillis and Lanni Marchant patiently answered the local mainstream media’s questions (“Which marathon distance are you running this weekend?”). The politicians sought out TV cameras. The dignitaries hovered over the free snacks. I recall the mayor of the Greek city of Marathon had quite the hungry entourage. It was not dissimilar to an elementary school assembly before the principal gets up to speak. One man stood out from the rest. Sitting at the back of the room, legs crossed, with perfect posture, adorned…

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Off the Beaten Path p.12 JESSICA ALDRED is a Calgary-based writer, editor, mom and marathoner (not necessarily in that order). She also holds a PhD in media studies, so when she’s not busy obsessing over training plans and race routes, she can be found geeking out over movies and video games. Her work has appeared in national newspapers and magazines. Motion Is Lotion p.52 ADAM CAMPBELL is a lawyer and professional mountain runner. Although he’s spent most of his running career in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, he recently relocated to Calgary and is excited to explore new trails through the Rockies. One Workout p.31 RACHEL HANNAH is one of Canada’s best marathoners winning a silver medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Her 2:33 PB in 2016 ranked her as the fastest female Canadian at the…

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was ed whitlock the greatest marathoner of all time?

Leading up to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon one year, I took part in a panel discussion on marathon training featuring some of the sport’s leading minds. As members of the audience quizzed us on the minutiae of warm-ups, pacing, fuelling, and so on, two-time Olympic marathoner Reid Coolsaet offered the elite athlete’s perspective; Coolsaet’s coach, Dave Scott- Thomas, offered coaching wisdom; and I was supposed to offer a scientific perspective. Our answers were complex, detailed and technical. Then, finally, the last member of the panel – Ed Whitlock, perhaps the most famous Canadian runner of all – would chime in. “I don’t know much about that,” he’d say each time. “I just run.” That memory sums up the essence of Whitlock, who died on March 13, at the age of…

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west edmonton haul

I start my watch with its chirpy “bleep” and break into a run – and immediately scare a family out for an early morning stroll with their tiny baby and bed-headed toddler. Glancing at their terrified faces as I lope past, I realize I have to be more careful. I’m running in North America’s largest mall, a place where, typically, the only runners are the shoplifters and cotton-candy crazed preschoolers. I brace myself for the strange looks from other early-morning mall goers, try to tune out the strangely hypnotic “squick-squick-squick” sound my shoes make on the just-polished hall f loor, and press on. West Edmonton Mall has been called many things: a landmark of Canadian retail ingenuity and vision. A brutalist monument to 1980s excess. The ideal setting for a family…

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made in kenya

Kenyans have dominated the track and roads for many years now and are known as some of the fastest runners in the world. Now the country that produces Olympic gold medallists and world recordholders is, for the first time ever, producing running shoes. Enda shoes will be entirely developed and tested by Kenyan runners. Considering the country routinely produces hundreds of runners that could qualify for the Olympic marathon, there will be no shortage of expert wear testers. Enda – which means “go” in Swahili – is a being touted as a truly social enterprise by its founders. They hope the brand will bring Kenyan-style greatness to runners around the world, and to create sustainable incomes to Kenyans. Enda was founded in 2015 by Navalayo Osembo-Ombati and Weldon Kennedy. Osembo-Ombati, who comes…