Premier Kathleen Wynne, an avid runner, told me that being physically strong is “part of taking your place in the world” in an interview for my upcoming book, Older, Faster, Stronger. In this video interview with Daily Xtra, Wynne talks about our LGBT Obama moment, being the first openly gay head of state in the Commonwealth.
Hal Higdon’s terrific book, 4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners, does much more than take readers inside the experience of running Boston the year of the bombings.
Over its 42.2 kilometres, a marathon is a story. As I prepared to run in Boston a year after the devastating bombing of 2013 – the biggest celebration of running ever, as so many described it – I turned to sports psychologists to help me make sense of my journey. After months of training for the extreme test of endurance, a runner should expect “capital E emotion” on a regular race day, let alone this particular marathon, Dr. Kate Hays […]
Rather than running Boston 2014 hard, my goal was to soak up this greatest celebration of running ever, by speaking to as many people as possible, hearing their stories and reveling in the joyous atmosphere. It was my slowest marathon ever but my finest. Below, John Young spoke at the Expo. Canadian born, he now teaches high school in Salem Ma and, last year, attempted to become the first little person to cross the Boston finish line — alas the […]
The fastest 60-year-old woman in the world, Torontonian Karla Del Grande, once thought, like the vast majority of us, that running means distance running. Then, at 50, while trying to boost her speed for a half-marathon, she hit the track for interval training and rediscovered her love of speed. She ditched the long run, took up sprinting and now considers herself fitter, stronger and more powerful than she’s ever been in her life, including when she did high-school track. Here’s […]
Last summer, I was soundly beaten in a 60-metre sprint by a 76-year-old great-grandmother. I expected the trouncing; after all, I was up against the world’s fastest 75-plus female sprinter, Christa Bortignon. The Canadian was named World Masters Athletics Female Athlete of the Year for 2013, after breaking 14 world records over the past two years. See the story in the Globe and Mail
On February 6, between 5:30 and 5:20 p.m., runners and walkers will create a giant flowing PINK TRIANGLE on the walkways of Queen’s Park to celebrate gay athletes, support LGBTQ global equality and tell Putin, we remember 1936 and we say, NEVER AGAIN. Wear pink, bring a flashlight or pink glow stick to hold aloft like an Olympic torch to show the true spirit of the Olympics and invite everyone along (this will be a family friendly event: we are […]
At the start of every training year, I commit to doing one more thing to make myself fitter, stronger, faster. Last year I overhauled just about everything in a bid to get in the best shape of my life after 50, for my book Older, Faster, Stronger (coming out in October with Rodale Books). So what was left to tackle? Remarkably, I would never have thought of My Left Foot, a severely flat and pronating thing that I thought it […]
Join me in my 2014 challenge: To get fitter this year than I was last. After trying to achieve the fitness of a 20-year-old in 2013 (by some measures I made it; by marathon measureI fell 3 minutes short), I will “re-do” key races this year, in an attempt to best last year’s personal bests. Redoing the exact same races is a fantastic way to measure fitness improvements. Another runner on her own version of that challenge is sprinter Christa […]
An inside peak at the biggest phenomena in running: Women’s only races By Margaret Webb, first published in Canadian Running Magazine, 2013 It is the forecast that race director Cory Freedman dreaded: Predictions of 75 kilometre-per-hour winds, a 25-centimetre dump of rain, potential dangerous flooding around waterways like the Don River, which roils right alongside her race course in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Park. From across Southern Ontario runners are driving through the deluge to participate in Freedman’s usually sold-out Toronto Women’s […]