Enjoy the Journey to Running Fast

I was recently competing at the Canadian Track and Field Olympic Trials in Calgary and had the opportunity to visit Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Many of Canada’s great runners are honored in the Hall of Fame including the great marathoner Edouard Fabre and the fastest man in the world in ’96, Donovan Bailey. Continue reading “Enjoy the Journey to Running Fast”

Finding Motivation to Run in the Morning

Have you ever scheduled a morning run the night before, only to hit the snooze button ten times, then run straight to the coffee maker rather than the trail? If you’re anything like me, or the 45% or so of us who are not early birds, you understand completely. It’s not that we don’t love running, or that we’re lazy, after all, sleep is important. However, there are many benefits to morning runs to consider. Next time you’re lying in bed wanting to hit snooze think of the acronym GREAT to help you jump out of bed and start running.

Goals – Posting your goals somewhere you will look every day is important. Try posting them on a sticky-note near your bed or alarm clock. Every time you see the note it will remind you that your goals are more important than your 10 extra minutes of sleeping.

Routine – Create a consistent morning routine that you follow even on mornings you don’t run. Although it may be tempting to sleep in late those days, it can really throw off your whole schedule and keep you up at night. Routines will also help you stay on schedule with your daily tasks, and running early has the benefits of extra hours of free time.  Finally, when race day comes, you’ll be used to this, and won’t be that person yawning on the line.morning running Continue reading “Finding Motivation to Run in the Morning”

The Journey Is The Destination

One of the greatest thrills in running is achieving a goal.

Whether it is completing your first marathon, running under 20 minutes for 5K or breaking 4 minutes for the mile. Achieving a goal is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

I can still remember the first time I ran under 1 minute and 50 seconds for 800 metres.

I set the goal, made my plan and went after it.

It didn’t happen in my first 5 races in North America.

It didn’t happen in my first race in Belgium. Continue reading “The Journey Is The Destination”

Need Motivation? Top 5 ways to get out the door this spring

When I rise out of bed in the morning, I can think of one million reasons (EXCUSES) why I shouldn’t run. Nevertheless, I find myself finishing my run as the sun comes up day after day because I know that the key to success in endurance sports is consistency. I was unaware of all of the idiosyncrasies I had created to adhere to my lifestyle, so after having them pointed out to me, I thought I would share my top 5 ways to get out the door this spring.

1) Set a Goal: It does not matter if your goal is to run a world record or to simply lose 5 pounds, YOU MUST write down your goal and share it with the world. I like to write down 1, 5, and 10 year goals and work backwards. Continue reading “Need Motivation? Top 5 ways to get out the door this spring”