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Canadian Running September/October 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 cover athlete

Calgary’s Jessica Mueller took a crack at her first marathon in 2011. “Running a marathon was on my bucket list so I set off to Vancouver to fulfill a life dream,” she says. To her surprise, she crushed it with little training and even scored a Boston qualifying time. “The rest is history,” she laughs, looking back, as today she’s obsessed with the distance. Mueller has now completed 22 marathons (and counting), ran the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim in a day and won two Canadian national 50k titles. She’s also got an obsession with Boston. “I’ve run it six consecutive years now, and I hope to run 10 in a row,” she says. 1 What would you say are your defining characteristics as a runner? I’m pretty mentally tough and competitive. I have…

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running the omwenga way

If you’ve been around the Canadian running scene long enough, you know who Thomas Omwenga is. I first met him several years ago at a local race in Toronto. Omwenga modestly stood next to me at the start line, and we chatted in the moments before the gun went off. Then he took off with a pack of fellow Kenyans, destined to win the race. After taking over as editor of this magazine, I next bumped into Omwenga (featured on p.66) at the bmo Vancouver Marathon expo. We took the stage and chatted as a part of a pre-race elite Q and A, where again, he modestly spoke of his love of the race and his desire to remain in Canada. His ultimate goal wasn’t to continue dominating the Canadian marathon…

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Alone at the Front: Thomas Omwenga p.66 RHIANNON RUSSELL is a freelance journalist based in Whitehorse. She’s previously lived (and run) in Toronto, Saint John, N.B., and Montreal. Her work has also appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve and Arctic Deeply. Destination Race: Run to the Beer p.46 TRACEY TONG runs and writes in Ottawa and Toronto. When she isn’t training for her next marathon, she’s dashing after her toddler daughter, Millicent. Find her on Twitter: @traceytong Crossing the Line: I Run with Jacob p.88 A Grade 7 teacher at Jack Chambers Public School in London, Ont., NEIL MCKAY has been hooked on running since completing the Stockholm Half-Marathon in 2011. He enjoys running along the shores of Lake Ontario and in Springbank Park in London. He lives wife his Haylie and their daughter Hadley. ON THE COVER Calgary’s JESSICA MUELLER…

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the warm-up

Canada’s 10,000m record holder leaves Nike and controversial training group Cam Levins has had a tough couple of years. In 2014, the Black Creek, B.C., native was f lying high. Training with the Nike Oregon Project, perhaps the most famous training group in the world, Levins broke Simon Bairu’s 10,000m record by running 27:07.51. He then took an impressive bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. That’s when Levins started to run into injury problems. From 2015, he struggled with ankle pain, f laming out at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and missing the 2016 Rio Olympics. After an invasive surgery (Levins now runs with a screw in his foot), he says he’s pain-free for the first time in two years. But Levins lost his lucrative Nike contract and…

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Across 6. Course director (8) 8.Nerves (7) 10.They show a lot of leg (5,6) 11.Don’t end up here! (7,4) 12.Go through it after you’re done (9,5) 14.Fast runners seek this time (6,9) 16.Running the second half faster (8,5) 18.Five borough tour (3,4,4,8) 23.Boston runners fear it (10,4) 24.He almost broke 2 (5,8) 29. Hydration pitstop (5,7) 31.There should be 42 of these on course (9,6) 33.Drop off your belongings here before you start (3,5) 35.The location of the first modern marathon (6) Down 1. Wrap yourself in one after finishing (5,7) 2.They ensure you run the whole course (6,3) 3.Work out the kinks (7) 4.Pre-race evening meal (5,6) 5. The winners only get this result (3,4) 7.Fighting one will slow your pace (4,4) 9.Sleeveless apparel (7) 13.Song before the start (8,6) 15.Spell out the distance (5,3,5,3) 17.Line up for these early on race day (4,1,5) 19.You don’t have to do a long one before 42.2K (6) 20.You…

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brianne theisen-eaton: marathoner

“When I suck, people are going to say ‘What’s wrong with her? She’s an Olympic athlete!’” These days, Brianne Theisen-Eaton’s life is looking a lot different than it did when she was training at the highest level in the world. After years as a pro heptathlete, the Canadian Olympian won bronze in Rio, and decided to retire at the start of 2017. Now, she’s adjusting to a less regimented routine. Days go like this: wake up at 6:30 a.m., take the dog out, answer emails over coffee, work out by 10 a.m. After that, she manages her and her husband, Ashton’s, website weareeaton.com (her husband Ashton Eaton, who competed for the U.S., retired at the same time and is the world record holder in the decathlon). It aims to help others eat…