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by dgrant
Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:27 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Boston Dad may have some explaining to do to his son
Replies: 81
Views: 13058

Re: Boston Dad may have some explaining to do to his son

Well without going down the slippery slope argument-I would say that if nothing is done to close the timing loophole, it won't be too long before people start seeking out the races with courses that are easy to cheat in order to get their BQs. Why would that start happening? Most marathons have alw...
by dgrant
Mon May 25, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Ultras and Trail Running
Topic: Gatineau Park & Ottawa area trail runs - Add yours!
Replies: 172
Views: 125091

Re: Gatineau Park & Ottawa area trail runs - Add yours!

I think the big triangular route around Lac Philippe (51/53/52/50) is indeed what you're looking for. If I recall correctly, it's just a bit over 20km. Lots of nice shade, no hills longer than a minute, really nice running surfaces. There are some low-lying spots along 52 where the bugs can be reall...
by dgrant
Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Timeless Running
Replies: 18
Views: 4007

Re: Timeless Running

Just my opinion, but I think the overall goal of the race dictates whether using a watch is valuable or not. If I were just really going for it and trying to run my best possible race, then for sure I'd go without (or ignore) a watch. You react to your body's feedback and knowledge of your own fitne...
by dgrant
Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Speed, or endurance what's more beneficial to focus on?
Replies: 12
Views: 1750

Re: Speed, or endurance what's more beneficial to focus on?

Agree with the comments already, and just would add that it is also much easier to get fast quickly than increase endurance quickly. If you put together many, many months of long slow jogging now, you can usually ramp up your speed quickly by focusing on that in just the last month or two before you...
by dgrant
Wed May 07, 2014 8:45 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Fall 2014
Replies: 41
Views: 4002

Re: Fall 2014

I'm going to take advantage of the bunch of new no frills races in the Ottawa area this fall. MEC has a 15km in September ($15) and their half marathon in Gatineau Park in November ($20). There's a new running series put on by (or in conjuction with, I don't know) the Neat Cafe in Burnstown. A 10 mi...
by dgrant
Sun May 04, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Boston Marathon Fixed?
Replies: 17
Views: 1798

Re: Boston Marathon Fixed?

I do think a marathon would be very easy to fix... a field of athletes who make a lot more money from appearance fees/endorsements/connections than actual performance prizes, the ability to make it look like you're competing without really competing (holding back by 3 or 4 seconds per kilometre), an...
by dgrant
Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: The Scenic Route
Topic: New(ish) to running
Replies: 10
Views: 7718

Re: New(ish) to running

A lot of what you might see in training programs referring to "interval training" is very different from the run/walk intervals you might be using in the early stages of your running lifestyle. Interval training in the most popular sense is an intermediate-to-advanced workout that is used ...
by dgrant
Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Stories from Boston
Replies: 4
Views: 826

Re: Stories from Boston

Jean Marmoreo (71) from Toronto places 1st in her age group in Boston with a sub-4:00 marathon. And this is the fifth time she has won her age group, which sets a Boston record. Wow! http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/mobile/boston-marathon-toronto-doctor-71-places-first-in-age-group-for-fifth-time-1.178619...
by dgrant
Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Running Violations Revisted
Replies: 6
Views: 1266

Re: Running Violations Revisted

11. Running on urban sidewalks ................................................................. $10 12. Taking a mid-run selfie ...................................................................... Equivalent to your next ultramarathon entry fee 13. Taking photos inside a gym ........................
by dgrant
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Long distance running and the risk of Coronary Artery Plaque
Replies: 41
Views: 3414

Re: Long distance running and the risk of Coronary Artery Pl

For the general interest of the group . . . A couple of articles appearing yesterday in the Wall St. Journal and the Kansas City Star citing recent research talking about what years of long distance running might mean for an increased risk of Coronary Artery Plaque. Basically, they seem to be sayin...
by dgrant
Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Long distance running and the risk of Coronary Artery Plaque
Replies: 41
Views: 3414

Re: Long distance running and the risk of Coronary Artery Pl

For the general interest of the group . . . A couple of articles appearing yesterday in the Wall St. Journal and the Kansas City Star citing recent research talking about what years of long distance running might mean for an increased risk of Coronary Artery Plaque. Basically, they seem to be sayin...
by dgrant
Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Around the Bay 2014
Replies: 174
Views: 17625

Re: Around the Bay 2014

It'll be interesting to see how they resolve this. There's no way they could spend a couple hundred thousand dollars (and hundreds of man-hours) shipping shirts individually. It'd be a really good traffic generating partnership for someone like The Running Room to distribute the shirts locally, but ...
by dgrant
Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: MEC Racing Series
Replies: 14
Views: 2653

Re: MEC Racing Series

I really like that they include the somewhat overlooked 15km distance.

Man, a marathon on the roads in Gatineau Park! That will be a big time challenge.
by dgrant
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Gearing Up
Topic: Dyslexic luddites of the world, untie !
Replies: 44
Views: 6470

Re: Dyslexic luddites of the world, untie !

I am on your lawn and don't know the next step. Please advise.
by dgrant
Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Nutrition and Weight Management
Topic: Raw Juice Cleanses
Replies: 12
Views: 4277

Re: Raw Juice Cleanses

People talk all the time about limiting processed foods, but juicing is a form of processing-- you're changing the fundamental nature of the food. It doesn't help too much if you feel like you aren't getting enough fruits and veggies in your diet to fool yourself into thinking you're getting most o...
by dgrant
Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:02 am
Forum: Nutrition and Weight Management
Topic: Raw Juice Cleanses
Replies: 12
Views: 4277

Re: Raw Juice Cleanses

I would respectfully contend that juicers are in no way your friend. The problem with juice is it not only superconcentrates the sugars of nature's original item, it (ironically) also deprives you of water that helps you feel full. Anyone with a juicer will attest to the goopy (that is... watery) me...
by dgrant
Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Ultras and Trail Running
Topic: Trail Running Getaway . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 5799

Re: Trail Running Getaway . . .

We have a weekend coming up of snowshoeing, building a quinzhee for winter camping, and spa nordik the next day. We are so lucky to have that gem of a park so close. (If I stop posting on RM, it's because I built a bad quinzhee and joggers will find our bodies in April...) So we did our winter camp...
by dgrant
Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Ultras and Trail Running
Topic: Trail Running Getaway . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 5799

Re: Trail Running Getaway . . .

We have a weekend coming up of snowshoeing, building a quinzhee for winter camping, and spa nordik the next day. We are so lucky to have that gem of a park so close. (If I stop posting on RM, it's because I built a bad quinzhee and joggers will find our bodies in April...) So we did our winter camp...
by dgrant
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Why don't female marathoners go for records like men?
Replies: 22
Views: 1985

Re: Why don't female marathoners go for records like men?

More female world record attempts = more uteruses falling out on the road.

No thank you.
by dgrant
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Sports Drinks - useless or worse? (TV alert: Marketplace)
Replies: 100
Views: 6983

Re: Sports Drinks - useless or worse? (TV alert: Marketplace

How about a Red Bull, RockStar or a Monster ? Add a little vodka and yer good to go ! Without applying scientific principles, how do you know yer good to go? Hey, this isn't bad... Goes down smooth with just a little kick... Make me another one... I feel great. Do you feel great? Am I talking reall...
by dgrant
Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Sports Drinks - useless or worse? (TV alert: Marketplace)
Replies: 100
Views: 6983

Re: Sports Drinks - useless or worse? (TV alert: Marketplace

How about a Red Bull, RockStar or a Monster ? Add a little vodka and yer good to go ! Without applying scientific principles, how do you know yer good to go? Hey, this isn't bad... Goes down smooth with just a little kick... Make me another one... I feel great. Do you feel great? Am I talking reall...
by dgrant
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Sports Drinks - useless or worse? (TV alert: Marketplace)
Replies: 100
Views: 6983

Re: Sports Drinks - useless or worse? (TV alert: Marketplace

The facts don't matter, anecdotes do: got it! But on a personal level, that's actually true. As a non-competitive, recreational runner what matters to me is my experience... what works for me? The experts can talk all day about optimum this and the "right" amount of that, but I know what ...
by dgrant
Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Music While Running
Replies: 53
Views: 5819

Re: Music While Running

jgore wrote:
dgrant wrote:Love
White Fence
The Dirtbombs - no man alive can listen to this song without wanting to go out and fistfight a goddamn rhinoceros


You been hangin' out with Timothy Leary?


He doesn't answer my calls anymore. I thought we were friends...
by dgrant
Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Music While Running
Replies: 53
Views: 5819

Re: Music While Running

I mostly listen podcasts while running. Lots of mindless sports ones (Bill Simmons, etc) because they're not too distracting and if I zone out I won't really be missing anything important. I can't listen to my favourite podcasts while running... with This American Life there's too high a chance of h...
by dgrant
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Chicago goes Lottery
Replies: 12
Views: 1194

Re: Chicago goes Lottery

Interesting. I still think it would be better for the sport to have these races drastically increase the registration fee (>$400) rather than use a lottery to thin the herd , but delay registration until a three or four months before the race. Are you nuts?! Better for the sport, how? So that the r...

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