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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...
Some athletes will continue training right up to race day because they are afraid that they will loose their level of fitness if they start a tapering period before a race. Resting before a race is a tested recovery strategy that can improve your level of race readiness by as much as 5%. So if you haven't started tapering for the Sun Run yet, it is time to do so. Typically tapering allowances for shorter distances such as a 10K takes a few days to a week. The tapering period should follow your last longest run and basically means reducing your training load by 30 to 85% before the race...
After the Easter Bunny made the rounds over the weekend, I was left with a load of chocolates to last me till Christmas! Have a craving for Chocolate? Running will help! A study published in the September 2008 edition of Appetite, suggests that if you are burning a lot of calories through sport, you can also eat chocolate. Eating chocolate helps to improve your mood and in turn will improve the effectiveness of your training sessions. The study also showed that chocolate cravings were significantly reduced after running and after other forms of physical activities. Meaning that if you have a...
Looking for a Blessing before the Sun Run? Faithfulness, dedication, courage and self-respect are what those who have been training for the Sun Run have practiced week after week since the beginning of January. So since this is the start of the "Tapering Week" take the time to both honor yourself and give thanks in your own special way for being able to make it to this point. On Sunday morning @ 8AM the Christ Church Cathedral at the corner of Burrard and Georgia, will be holding a Special Service for all those who are on their way to the starting line. Tilman von der Linde , RMT. Muscles in...
Rather than stuffing your face the night before the Sun Run, Carbo loading is best done over several days during the tapering week before the race. Although it is time to eat, Carbo loading is definitely not an excuse for the foodies to eat everything in sight either. Why Carbo Load? Carbohydrates are converted into glycogen and are mainly stored in both the muscles and the liver. In the muscles they provide the best and most readily available source of energy. While the liver acts as a storage reservoir to maintain good blood glucose levels for the brain. Eat Healthy - Carbohydrates take...
The 5 early warning signs of an injury are: 1. Point tenderness or pain in the muscles, joints and or bone. 2. Swelling causing pain and stiffenss. 3. Reduced range of movement. 4. Weakness. 5. Tingling or numbness. Recognizing the early warning signs is the first step in preventing further injury or damage. Once you determine what is wrong, start addressing the problem immediately. Look for the obvious cause 1. Poor fitting equipment. 2. Over exertion. 3. A missed step, stumble or fall 4. External force trauma Treat it - Stop the activity or adjust to it and address the problem with the...
The Kenyans "need for speed" is the cause of their long dominace over the distance running world. They may be skinny but the skinny on their speed is in their running form. Olympic and World Gold Medalist, Robert Esmie, www.airblastoff.com who trains speed demons at his facility in Surrey, explains that running forms and foot strike patterns vary depending on speed. Going Faster The higher the speed, the greater the tendency of a forefoot landing pattern. To go faster lean forward from the ankles and your body weight will work with you and propel you forward as if in a slow natural fall,...
For the last 8 years, I've volunteered as one of the medical staff for the Sun Run. Hopefully you won't need us out there, but we'll be there....on bikes, in tents along route, and at the finish line. Hopefully you won't need us! This year, as I've been for the past 3, I'll be at the first medical tent you'll come across, in English Bay near the flagpoles. Be sure to smile and wave as you pass by on your way to the Burrard Bridge. The common occurances I see in this early stage of the race are due mostly to the crowds of people...the chances of tripping over other people or curbs is high when...
Can you hit the wall in a 10K? Absolutely! Hitting the wall can happen anywhere if you mismanage your pace and burn up your energy stores too soon. To be able to BEAT THE WALL you have to Understand the Nature of the Beast. Psychology of Sport and Exercise (vol.9.issue 2. March 2008) published an abstract from Springfield College which identified the 2 main characteristics of the Wall Phenomenon as being Physical Fatigue and Cognitive and Motivational stresses. Another interesting discovery made, was that a larger number of the 43% of the study participants who reported hitting the wall, were...
The fitter you are - the better life will work for you! Considering the 22,000 jobs that were reported as lost in BC in March and couple that with investment performances of late, it might look like people who run are running away from their problems. But no! The time has come for many to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and take action and the best way to generate action of any kind, is to do something physical. Sadly some people may now be running on a shoestring budget, but looking at the number of people that have registered for the Sun Run this year, it is evident that running is...

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