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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

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

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

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

Mind over Matter

Sitting across the table from Kristina Meyer, I am immediately struck by her passion and humility. READ

Runners, stay safe

It was nearly two weeks ago when Linda Ethier died after being struck by pickup truck while running home after a group run in Lacombe. I didn’t know Linda but I was rattled by her death. Then I got pissed. READ

Streaking to stay young

No matter what the weather, Paul Cowley keeps on running. Bone-chilling temperatures. Knee-deep snow. Ice-laden trails. My co-worker has weathered whatever conditions Mother Nature threw his way. READ

Running on plants

Mark Johnson has never felt better. I met the 36-year-old ultrarunner about a year ago at a trail race in Canmore. I was skimming the race results when I noticed Mark admiring the performance-enhancing kokopelli tattoo on my right calf. We got to talking and I learned he had just moved to Red Deer from Edmonton for a job. READ

Mobility essential for runners

I am holding a 10-pound plate while trying to keep my chest up, knees out and weight on my heels in a low squat. READ

Integration brings focus and clarity

“How do you feel?” I asked. “Fragmented,” he replied. “Disjointed.” “Explain fragmented,” I said. “Tell me how it feels to be disjointed.” “As if there are a dozen people living in my head, each with a different agenda.” READ

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