Back in August, I announced that I was training for the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon, and that I was going to get a PR (meaning I needed to beat 2:16:39, although my ideal goal was 2:10) — or blow up trying. Be careful what you put out to the universe, kids. Doubts on Doubts on Doubts I began having fairly serious doubts about a month out. I’d had a few strong cutback runs, but my regular long runs were far slower than my goal pace of 9:45 — which wouldn’t have concerned me if they hadn’t felt so hard, but…

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When I heard the Namaqualand Flower Festival doesn’t just encourage fun outfits, they reward it — I was in. That’s how I ended up running 20km like this…

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But do we ever talk about the gruelling moments in the run? That moment when you’ve only hit 600m, but you already know it’s going to be a difficult one? Or that moment when you’re 2km from completing your goal, but it feels evil to continue? For many of us, those moments can be too excruciating and end not only that one run but the motivation to try again tomorrow. But what if you could fight through those moments and come out even more victorious at your finish line? At the end of the day, your ability to push past the pain is an integral part of your running life. 

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We all know Mapule Ndhlovu as the ‘Queen of fitness’ — a pro athlete with killers abs, insane power moves and mad skipping skills — but did you know that she also loves to run? She also happens to be one of the faces of adidas’ new ‘Feel The Boost’ campaign… so she gave us the low-down on the Boost technology and what motivates her to ‘lace-up’.

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For someone who has a checkered past with the half marathon, this is an uncomfortable post for me to hit the ol’ publish button on, but, here we go … I want a half marathon PR. And I’m planning to chase one down this October at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. I’ve got a bunch of friends who will also be racing, and even more running buddies who are helping me stay accountable. I’m going to reach this goal — or I’ll go down trying. Hell, I even joined Strava! I am serious. Now, when I say “trying,” I mean it…

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There are a lot of specialty running items out there. Some you totally and absolutely need (like, a good pair of running shoes — always worth the price), and others that are, er, not so much (pretty much any tech wearable — like, they can be super awesome, but you don’t have to have them to get a good run in, ya know?). In the past, I honestly would have put running socks in the latter category. I mean, as long as you get a pair that wicks away sweat and doesn’t chafe, is there that big of a difference?…

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