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The subject of who needs to wear orthotics for performance or injury prevention has been extensively researched and debated amongst runners and health care professionals. Currently, there are 3 main schools of thought or “camps” about runners using orthotics. Outlined below are the arguments held by these camps: 1. Camp Extreme Barefoot: You should hardly even be wearing shoes. The argument is that our feet (and rest of our body) evolved without shoes and therefore, any footwear should be absolutely minimal, perhaps only to prevent cutting the foot on the ground. 2. Camp Extreme Orthotics:...
Wendy Ladner-Beaudry coordinated with SportMedBC to offer 10 free spots at Sun Run InTraining clinics for those in need. Ladner-Beaudry, who works for Kidsport Canada, had come to the Vancouver food bank to encourage the mothers to sign their children up for sports programs, but she quickly realized that the mothers needed something too. "Only the people who can afford to, are able to keep fit," says Jean Ahtoy, a 62-year-old woman living on a disability pension. "They can afford to go to gyms, they can afford to buy good shoes and they can afford to buy all these nice gym outfits. But it's...
The organizers of the 2010 Winter Olympics no longer expect to leave a financial surplus for future sport development. It seems that the same worldwide economic downturn that has bankrupted companies and left tens of thousands of people without jobs has also eaten up — for now — any potential Olympic profit, John Furlong, the head of the Vancouver Organizing Committee, said Wednesday, stating “Vanoc is struggling just to make sure it breaks even when the Games end next year”. “It is not business as usual. It is not like it was. We will be very happy to get to break even, and if we get beyond...
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...
I am trying to ask an expert about this. I suffered a groin pull 2xx weeks ago while using a new hip adductor/abductor machine at my gym. I have been doing the r.i.c.e. treatment + easing off running + anti-inflammatories but no improvement yet. I continue with deep water running that I have been involved in for the past 2xx years. My question is with only 3 short weeks until the Sun Run, is there anything else I can do? This was going to be my year for the Run as I have not been able to do it for 5 long years due to recurrent breast cancer! Can you help me? Hi Lee, It seems we're hitting the...
I hurt my back on Sunday, everything was fine after my run but then I went and did some garden work in the afternoon and after a couple of hours I couldn't straighten up anymore. It's been almost a week and the aching pain in my lower back and legs is still there. What are your suggestions on continuing with the running program? Kevin Sanderson Hi Kevin, If you haven't had your back assessed yet by a physiotherapist or other health care practitioner (chiro, doc etc), then I highly suggest you do so. Especially if you have pain in your back AND your legs. I suggest that you do NOT continue...
I have run a few "lap style races" were the wind has been brutal and can honestly say there is nothing worse than adjusting from a head to tail wind a few times in a race. Sure it's easier drafting people or using them as a wind break if you are running in a group but often you just don't have that luxury. Truth is that the wind can be a great strength training tool. Yes, even the wind can be your friend! The wind will provide a certain amount of resistance and will tax your muscles differently than normal when coming from an angle. Keep in mind though that the wind can be exhausting. To...
Get started by…Choosing Better Carbohydrates Let’s bust few myths first! Carbs make you overweight: If you are still on the low-carb bandwagon – it’s time to get off. Carbohydrate foods are essential for providing energy not only for everyday activity, but especially for your training. Too many calories from any food group will cause your body to produce additional body fat. Carbs cause diabetes: Diabetes is a complex condition caused by several genetic environmental factors. Sugars and other carbohydrates do not cause diabetes. Carbs make you hyperactive: Although a long-standing belief,...
Whether walking or running, tackling hills combines aerobic and anaerobic work, and it is an excellent form of resistance training. Similar to weight training, the benefits include increased strength, endurance, flexibiliy, and improved range of motion. Regardless of one’s fitness level, hills are always challenging, and it's a great feeling when one reaches the top! Here are some tips that will help to make even the steepest hills a little easier! - Lean slightly into the hill while hinging at the waist. - Keep the stomach and back strong. - Be patient and focus only a few feet in front of...
"If you fail to plan - then plan to fail" Good advice that can be applied in all areas of life. Running is a lifestyle choice and going through the Sun Run Training Program is a good example of a way of changing a state into a trait. A state being a temporary change and a trait being a habit that becomes a part of your life. Continuing to run as a lifestyle choice, even after the big race is over is important to maintain and build on what you have accomplished. There are many people who have not given any thought about a "Plan B" and will start to sink into the post race funk of inactivity...

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