Sun Run

Over 80 volunteers will be donating their time with the SportMedBC Medical Team for the Vancouuver Sun Run this Sunday. 10 bike crews, 5 medical vans and 4 first aid medical tents will be spread out around the course to ensure the best saftey and medical cover possible for the 55, 000+ runners and walkers expected for the Sun Run. All medical volunteers are trained first-aiders, and most are also trained athletic therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, ER dotors and paramedics - so for those who might be in need help on the day, you will be in good hands!! The SportMedBC Medical Volunteers work...
Over 2400 First Nations people have been participating in the Honour Your Health Sun Run InTraining program, managed by SportMedBC. Over 1800 of these are registered for the 2009 Vancouver Sun Run, in the biggest Sun Run Corporate Team ever! For the past 3 years, SportMedBC and the Honour Your Health Challenge program (HYHC) have been providing training programs, coaching advice and leader training to some of the most remote communities of BC to help with the goal of improving health in the Aboriginal population. HYHC Program Coordinator, Denise Lecoy has played an outstanding role in...
Ever wondered what it was like to run in six foot of snow?! Fort St John has a group of 8 participants who meet every Saturday morning at the Northern Lights College for their Sun Run InTraining Program. Occasionally when the weather has been very severe, they have only had a few people turn up, but Spring seems to be making a comeback and more runners are coming out regularly now. The clinic leaders - Barb Polehoykie, Kathryn Fairweather and Gord Harris include workshops on topics such as running technique, winter wear and nutrition in the sessions. Grant Spelsberg has also been working...
Are you feeling a bit sluggish after your runs and walks? Tired, achy and sore the next day? Still feeling your muscles when you go to do your next workout? Your body may be in need of some extra recovery. Rest and recovery are an equally important component of your program as the actual runs and walks. If your body is not fully recovered after a run, and before you go into your next one, you may be putting yourself at risk for injury. Some useful recovery tips: 1. Don't skip your post-run cool down and stretch. Our muscles tend to shorten and get tight following a run. It's important to...
The calendar may say it is February but it is still winter and the cold weather is going to be here for a while longer. Although winter is the perfect time to build a strong running foundation it is also hard on the body. The cold air can stress the throat and lungs. It will also drain your strength and fatigue will set in faster than it does in the summer months. Your heart rate will increase at a faster pace than normal and your body will also expend extra energy to keep you warm. If you run all year round, winter is the time to reduce the level of training intensity, time, distance and...
Getting sick can affect your training and your success in the Sun Run – eat to stay illness free! Intense strenuous exercise helps the body prepare and adapt for performance but also causes increased levels of stress hormones which have an immunosuppressive effect on the body and can increase risk of illness. Many other factors like lack of sleep, mental stress, and improper nutrition can affect the overall health of your immune system. You may not be able to curl up under your desk for a nap or hop on a plane for a spa vacation, but you can make sure that what you are eating is adequate for...
Larry says: The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. ~ Abraham Lincoln In these early days of training, it is helpful to clarify your expectations. My guess is that you took up this training program to finish the SunRun as opposed to making it through about 6 weeks of training and then calling it a day. Am I close? So the dream is crossing the finish line in a blaze of glory and the mayor of your home town is there to measure you for a statue they will erect in the town square and schedule a local holiday. But by now, you are noticing that the reality of doing...
From a Sun Run feature article in today's Vancouver Sun. Among the biggest nutrition mistakes made by new runners is the post-run pig-out. It's easy to justify that second piece of lasagna or that jumbo combo meal when you've laced up your runners, pulled on the track pants and gone for a run, shuffle or walk. But beware of the tendency to confuse feelings of accomplishment with those of great energy expenditure. Because while getting out for a training session is certainly something to be proud of, you may not be burning as many calories as you think. Dana Lis , a sport dietitian at...
Hey! Congrats on choosing to become a SUNRUNNER. Amongst other sports interests, my active life has taken me from being a competitive track and cross-country runner in my younger years, to soccer in Europe. Recently, I have been in training to take part in a 200km Speed Skating Tour in Holland known as the Elfstedentocht. My hope remains that the weather patterns and ice conditions will make this event happen this year. If you are interested in seeing some fabulous pictures of other skating tours that have already taken place this year, check out, Molentocht 2009. In kick starting your...
Hi Gang: CONGRATULATIONS on deciding to follow SportMedBC’s InTraining program and prepare to walk or run the Vancouver Sun Run ! It’s a much better idea than simply deciding to jump into the event at the last minute as so many thousands of people do- I’m super passionate about walking and running - I stood on that starting line myself as an elite runner *25 years ago, and these days, with all the chaos life has to offer, I can tell you that I’ve never enjoyed my own running more. A walk or a jog in the fresh air brings a balance into my day and I truly look forward to helping you enjoy this...

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