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First-time marathoner braves wind and rain

Gusty winds and heavy rains greeted Carol Burk when she seeded herself at the starting line of Woody’s RV World Marathon last weekend.

For a first-time marathoner, the conditions were not ideal. READ

Lesson learned from a DNF

I have a confession. You won’t find my name on the 2013 official race results for Woody’s 10K but I was there. READ

Allow advance requests for assisted-death, forget June 6 deadline: senators

Senators say there's no way they'll pass the federal government's medically assisted dying bill by the court-imposed deadline of June 6 — and they may not pass it at all if it isn't amended to allow advance requests from those diagnosed with competence-eroding conditions like dementia. READ

Add astronaut to engineer, astrophysicist and doctor David Saint-Jacques' resume

Quebec engineer and doctor David Saint-Jacques says he's not entirely sure why he was chosen to become the next Canadian to work aboard the International Space Station — but he'll gladly accept the mission. READ

Lyme disease cases rising in Canada, climate change cited as a probable factor

An Ottawa conference on Lyme disease has been told the tick-borne illness is on the rise in Canada and global warming is likely partly responsible. READ

Woodys: Volunteers Needed

My skin is raw and I’m bleeding where my sports bra had been rubbing against my skin for the last 15K. Chances are if you have run for any length of time, you can relate to the excruciating pain of chafing. READ

Dogs, cats may show way to better treatments for human cancers

Cujo romps around the room, seemingly unaware he is missing a front leg, before snuggling in for a caress and reaching up to bestow a canine kiss on his owner Valeria Martinez. READ

Running strong and happy

I’m trying to get my breathing under control when I notice a woman barrelling down on me in the distance. READ

Animal hall of fame pooches save owners from fire, bear, heart attack

A tenacious German shepherd cross who pulled his sleeping owner to the door amid a house fire is among five heroic hounds being inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame. READ

Love at first Skype: Bride's father officiates Bolivian marriage in Nova Scotia

A couple who fell in love over long distance were married the same way: Over Skype. READ

Calkins runs for it

I don’t like to mix my politics with running. My neurotic ramblings tend to get me into trouble when I delve into the thorny issues. I stick to the running basics – racing, training and eating. READ

Locals run Boston

There’s no other race like it. Marathoner Willa Wanke is still coming down from her runner’s high after her first Boston Marathon on Monday. READ

A fit you is a better you

Red Deer cop John Babbitt is not sure running has improved his ability to catch the bad guys. READ

Yoga can change your life

I am stretching my body down from my lower spine towards the floor. My stomach is on my thighs and my chest is on my knees. I am willing my face to touch my legs below my knees. It’s not going well. READ

Running in virtual reality

Sometimes I pretend I am seconds away from breaking the tape when I am out on a run. I can hear the crowds cheering and chanting my name while I breeze across the invisible finish line. READ

Stuff That Nonrunners Say

Some of my best friends do not know the difference between a 5K and a marathon. (It’s 37.2K.) READ

Gearing up for a world record

Wearing steel-toed boots, fire-retardant gear and helmet, Noel D’arcy is gunning to smash a world record for the fastest marathon in a firefighting uniform at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon in May. READ

Navigating medical expertise

Red Deer College instructor Trish Campbell had somewhat of an ulterior motive for writing her PhD dissertation on how runners use mediated medical expertise in their self-care practices. The long-time runner and yoga instructor had battled injuries and wanted to delve deeper into the hows and the whys of self-care. READ

In it for the long run

Doug MacIsaac likes to describe himself as “a jack of all trades, master of none.” READ

Lovers who run together, stay together

Dating another runner has never crossed my mind. READ

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