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Canadian Running May/June 2019

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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2 min.
10 questions with… rachel cliff

1 What advice would you give a young runner? Enjoy the process and don’t stress about results. Focusing on the process and your teammates will bring a lot more happiness. 2 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I was more organized. I’m very type A about my training, but nothing else in my life. 3 Who is your running idol? I look up to Shalane Flanagan and Desi Linden, and those Americans who are running consistently fast. Locally, one of my first coaches was Graeme Fell [former Canadian record holder in the steeplechase] and he helped me out in high school. I learned a lot from him. Also, Sue Lee, my coach Richard Lee’s wife, is someone I look up to. 4 What’s your favourite running-related memory? The race I just ran (the…

1 min.

The Science of Running 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 2018. Runner’s Kitchen: The Lemon Edition KIM DOERKSEN is Canadian Running’s food writer and an elite runner with New Balance Canada and coach at @mile2marathon. Preventative Medicine: How to deal with Gastrointestinal Stress MEGAN KUIKMAN is a registered dietitian, sports nutritionist and accomplished long-distance runner based in Brantford, Ont. Kuikman placed first among females at the 2016 Mississauga Marathon. ON THE COVER JOY SPEARCHIEF-MORRIS, an Indigenous 100m hurdler from Alberta, has her sights set on competing for Team Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Find out more about SpearChief-Morris in our feature article. CANADIAN RUNNING ONLINE Visit for…

3 min.
what inspires you?

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”—Haruki Murakami“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”—John Bingham“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”—Dean Karnazes Spend the briefest of time on Pinterest and you’ll see adages like these everywhere, or from someone in your life, readying themselves to climb a mountain (literally or metaphorically). These coping tactics serve to brace ourselves for what life throws our way – or we at it. There’s evidence to suggest that this sort of cognitive behaviour therapy on the fly helps, to a point. Running, as in life, requires more than mantras stuck on fridge doors to truly inspire us to overcome challenging goals. According to American psychologists Todd M. Thrash…

3 min.
the warm-up

Mountain Lion Killed by Colorado Runner On February 4, a mountain lion attacked American Travis Kauffman while running on the trails in Horsetooth Mountain Park, about 100 kilometres north of Denver. Despite sustaining deep bite and claw wounds to his face and body, the runner was able to kill the animal with his bare hands. Kauffman was able to get to a hospital and recover. Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff retrieved his belongings and the body of the mountain lion, which was sent to acpwlab for a necropsy. Lab results showed, corroborating his story, that he strangled the animal to death in self-defence. But on February 28, a report by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife veterinarians suggested that the lion wasn’t fully grown. Officials estimated that the animal’s live weight was between 35…

1 min.

Brooks Glycerin 17 $200 Men’s: 300 g (10.6 oz.) Women’s: 261 g (9.2 oz.) Drop Ratio: 10 mm Responsive yet with plenty of cushioning, the Brooks Glycerin 17 will appeal to a wider variety of neutral-gait runners. The DNA LOFT in the shoe’s midsole, made from a blend of EVA (traditional running shoe cushioning), rubber and air, provide the Glycerin 17’s ample energy return, and smooth transition from heel to toe that feels comparable to the comfort of Brooks’ Transcend 6 stability shoe. The 17’s upper fits the foot snugly without constraining it, due to Brooks’ stylish 3D Fit Print technology engineered mesh. The upper also contains an internal bootie made of stretchable material that’s both breathable and expands with your stride. The Glycerin 17 is slightly heavier than previous versions, but its built-in speed and comfort…

4 min.
victoria’s running philanthropist

Victoria-based former elite marathon runner and entrepreneur Rob Reid, has embodied what it means to be a philanthropist since the early 1980s. Born in Ontario, Reid’s journey with running and giving back began early on in life. His father passed away when he was a child. Reid lost his home and his mom went back to nursing school. His situation fuelled the work Reid would eventually perform for his community. Losing a parent at a young age also drew Reid toward sports as an outlet, yet it wasn’t until he attended the University of Western Ontario that he discovered running. Reid watched his phys ed professor, Jerry Gonser, leave school every day and head out for a six kilometre run. Soon Gonser invited Reid to join him and became his mentor.…