• Margaret Webb

    The hardware haul from author Margaret Webb’s quest to get faster, stronger and fitter after 50

Who’s Your Fav Running Podcaster?

I may be hugely biased, here, but I had a blast speaking to Kari Gormley of The Running Lifestyle. She’s a great interviewer, really funny (we had a mock fight over who’s Kathrine Switzer’s bf) & is infinitely curious about running so asks fantastic questions. She speaks to a wide range of guests about running culture, training, racing, & eating. Subscribe to her show and listen to her podcasts while on a run. And why not start with this one:

http://www.therunninglifestyle.com/episode-48-margaret-webb/

If you have a fav running podcaster, hit the contact button and flip me an email to let me know. When I’m not running with pals at my club, I love running with podcasters yakking into my earbuds about interesting stuff.

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Marathon pioneer Sylvia Ruegger on how running makes us courageous

Sylvia Ruegger achieved her dream, running in the first-ever women’s marathon in 1984, then had her chance at a medal in 1988 snatched away from her. Rather than lamenting what might have been, she focuses on the person that running has made her.  Here, the national director of Start2Finish, a running & reading program for underprivileged kids, talks about how training and setting big goals makes women courageous, gutsy and mentally strong in this fifth & final installment of the virtual video launch of Older Faster Stronger. To watch all the videos in the series, click here. The launch of OFS was also a fundraiser for Start2Finish, where I am proud to volunteer as a running and reading coach. If you missed the launch & would like to contribute money or your volunteer time as a coach, please visit their website.

 

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How to motivate yourself to run to 100 (and live Older Faster Stronger!)

Here’s the third installation of the virtual video launch of Older Faster Stronger, featuring professor of health psychology Catherine Sabiston on how to muster motivation to start training and keep training. Listen to her thoughts on intrinsic motivation, catching the social contagion and more! To see all three videos, in order, click here.

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Eating for Performance to Live Older Faster Stronger

Here’s the second installation of the virtual video launch of Older Faster Stronger, featuring nutritionist Kirsten Bedard on eating for performance. She overhauled my eating style and set me on the path to gaining muscle, getting leaner and setting personal bests at every race distance I attempted in my super-fit year. Here is what she has to say!

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Virtual/Video/Viral? launch of Older Faster Stronger

Check here over the next week for the video virtual launch  (and you can make it viral!) of Older Faster Stronger. A fantastic panel of women discuss — guess what – How Running Makes Us Stronger Faster Younger & Powerful!

First up, video highlights of the launch at Hart House, University of Toronto with a packed room of runners and readers. The room was abuzz with energy! Thank you all for coming out. And thank you for sharing links to this great discussion.

Over the next week, I’ll post the following:

  • Kirsten Bedard on eating for performance (Dec 4)
  • Professor Catherine Sabiston on running for brain health (Dec 5)
  • Karla Del Grande on how she became the fastest 60-year-old woman on the planet (Dec 8)
  • Olympic marathon great Silvia Ruegger on how running makes us powerful, gutsy, courageous! (Dec 9)

Hope you enjoy these inspiring women talk about all the ways running makes us strong.

 

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What happens when an overly exuberant running pal plays the Pan Am Games ticket lottery?

She orders tickets for you! These tickets are the best seats (Section GA1 and Row GA4) and she’s charging straight cost of tickets, simply eager to ease the load on her credit card.

This is what’s available:

Tickets for Tuesday July 21- 10:00-12:45pm preliminary session $75.00 X4

Women: 100 Metre Round 1 Races; 5,000 Metre Final Race & Medal Ceremony; 400 Metre Hurdles Semifinal Races; Javelin Final & Medal Ceremony

Men: 100 Metre Round 1 Races; Long Jump Qualifying; Pole Vault Final & Medal Ceremony

Tickets for Tuesday July 21- 6:00-8:50pm medal session $145.00 X4

Women: 800 Metre Semifinal Races; 100 Meter Hurdles Semifinal & Final Races; Hammer Throw Final & Medal; Ceremony Triple Jump Final & Medal Ceremony

Men: 10,000 Metre Final Race; 3,000 Metre Steeplechase Final Race & Medal Ceremony; Shot Put Final & Medal Ceremony

Tickets for Wednesday July 22- 10:00-12:45pm preliminary session $75.00X4

Women: 400 Metre Semifinal Races; 100 Metre Hurdles Medal Ceremony; High Jump Final & Medal Ceremony

Men: 400 Metre Semifinal Races; 800 Metre Semifinals Races; 10,000 Metre Race Medal Ceremony; 400 Metre Hurdles Semifinal RacesDecathlon; 100 Metre Race, Long Jump & Shot Put

Tickets for Thursday July 23- 10:00-1:30pm preliminary session $75.00X4

Women:100 Metre Race Medal Ceremony; 200 Metre Round 1 Races; Long Jump Qualifying

Men: 100 Metre Race Medal Ceremony; 200 Metre Round 1 Races; 1,500 Metre Semifinal Races; Hammer Throw Medal Ceremony; Decathlon 110 Metre Hurdles Race, Discus & Pole Vault

Tickets for Thursday July 23- 5:45-9:00pm medal session $145.00X4

Women: 200 Metre Semifinal Races; 400 Metre Final Race; 10,000 Metre Final Race & Medal Ceremony; Pole Vault Final & Medal Ceremony

Men: 200 Metre Semifinal Races; 400 Metre Final Race; 800 Metre Final Race & Medal Ceremony; 400 Metre Hurdles Final & Medal Ceremony; Discus Final & Medal Ceremony; Decathlon Javelin & 1500 Metre Race

Tickets for Friday July 24- 10:00-1:20pm preliminary session $75.00X4

Women: 1500 Metre Semifinal Races; 400 Metre Race Medal Ceremony; 4×400 Metre Semifinal Races; Discus Final & Medal Ceremony; Heptathlon; 100 Metre Hurdles & High Jump

Men: 400 Metre Race Medal Ceremony; 110 Metre Hurdles Semifinal & Final Races; 4x400m Semifinal Races; Triple Jump Final & Medal Ceremony; Decathlon Medal Ceremony

Tickets for Friday July 24- 5:30-8:40pm medal session $125.00X4

Women: 200 Metre Final & Medal Ceremony; 3,000 Metre Steeplechase Final; 4×100 Meter Semifinal Races; Long Jump Final; Heptathlon Shot Put & 200 Metre Race

Men: 200 Metre Final & Medal Ceremony; 1,500 Metre Final & Medal Ceremony; 110 Metre Hurdles Medal Ceremony; 4×100 Metre Semifinal Races; Javelin Final & Medal Ceremony

If interested in purchasing any of these tickets please contact my running pal, Lily Wong lwong25@gmail.com

The only I have is a) Lily is awesome b) these events are taking place in Toronto and c) Lily has saved you time and effort of playing the Pan Am Games ticket lottery!

 

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Talking sex and radishes (and a little running) with author Sarah Waters

Best-selling author Sarah Waters (six books, more than a million sold) is a champion walker. She takes breaks from writing her door-stopping, historical literary page turners by exploring corners of London, England. “London is a great town for walking,” she told me during a recent video interview when the author was in Toronto to promote her latest novel, The Paying Guests. Nothing better than walking, she says, to spur on creativity.

After our interview was over, I thanked her with a copy of my running book, Older Faster Stronger. She stared at it for a moment (gasp, was she thinking I’m a shameless self promoter?) then told me that she used to be a runner. “Maybe I’ll get back to it,” she said.

Okay, I will not take credit if Sarah Waters picks up her walking pace a little. Oh, stuff that. Of course I will!

If you’re a super fan, check out the full, uncut, unabbreviated, blisters and all interview.

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I’m humbled by response to #OlderFasterStronger

The last few weeks since the launch of Older Faster Stronger have been a blur of interviews, fantastic social media support from new running & reading pals across North America and some pretty positive reviews about how I butted out the cigs, pushed away plates of pasta and dragged myself off the couch and onto the road to run Boston Qualifying marathons. I do realize that I wrote a MEMOIR; still, it’s humbling/weird/cool to hear what others are saying about my journey in major publications such as Maclean’s, Toronto Star, Runner’s World, and on NPR and Daily Xtra. What’s my reaction? Geeze, I’ve been slacking doing book signings at the NYC Marathon! I need to up my game, pump up the iron, get back on the track. Coach Elaine McCrea at the Runner’s Shop, I need a new training program!!

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#18 Make yourself a student of running and running will educate you for life

That’s my $5 advice. And it goes out to Nancy, who was the first to take up my challenge to pose a fitness question to me in exchange for a small donation in support of my Toronto Neighbourhood Champ ½ marathon run. Her question: How to learn to run? Nancy knows how to run, as we all do to a degree. But she takes up running and stops running a couple of times each year. So the real question is, how to stick with it? Running is more than a little like starting grade 1. We don’t start school without the structure of school and often going takes a little coercion. After a time, we go out of habit. And after a longer time, we find ourselves – like education – hungering for more as we so appreciate all that running gives us – fitness, good health, mental well being, energy, balance, zest for life and on and on. So, make yourself a student of running & see how far it takes you. If you want a fitness question answered, make a small donation, leave your question in the message to me box and I’ll answer here! The first 17 tips are free!

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