Holiday temptations – part 2

Registered Dietician Clara Lysecki from Corydon Physiotherapy offers more tips for eating healthy during the holidays.


Road safety in the dark

Though the days are officially getting longer again, it is still important to plan for safe running when it’s dark. Ken Friesen from Stride Ahead Sports shows some products that protect you in the dark.

Snowed under

There’s always something.

Just when I thought I found the perfect day when I had a few hours to spare, the sun was shining, and the windchill was low, I ran into a little problem.

I went for a run this week on a really nice afternoon, but didn’t realize how windy it must have been the night before. The blowing snow had almost every sidewalk covered, especially smaller sidestreets that see very little foot traffic. I was forced to run on the street because the snow was so deep, and even the street was a little more snow dusted than I am used to. It was like running on the beach in the sand but way colder, slipperey-er and with ten times more clothes.

From what I gather, here are some tips for not only winter running, but running in the snow.

  • Run on bus routes. I have lived on a bus route almost all of my life and have always enjoyed the luxury of being the first street plowed when it snows. Sticking to bus routes and high traffic areas means you might have an easier time trudging through the snow.
  • Run in car tracks. Not ideal, but can make a big difference in deeper snow. Of course, it is important to stay safe and avoid darting in and out of traffic.
  • Packed snow is safer than loose snow because can see what you’re dealing with. Though packed snow can be just as slippery as ice, your running spikes are way more effective on packed snow than in loose snow.
  • Wear tinted sunglasses. Think like skiers and snowboarders who wear orange and yellow tinted goggles. Loose snow is blinding and can hide dangerous roots and rocks. A lightly tinted pair of sunglasses can make a big difference.
  • Plan shorter routes when running in the snow. It takes more energy than running on a flat surface and you may tire quicker than you expected.
  • Don’t be afraid of running in the snow! It’s tough to do and gets the heart rate up. Consider it a resistance training and cardio two-in-one.

Cold Snap

A week ago, I decided it was too cold to go for a run. A day ago I decided this cold wasn’t letting up and it was time to face the cold.

Winnipeg is in the middle of a premature December cold snap that won’t quit. It’s overwhelming, it’s disheartening, it’s discouraging, and it’s getting old. The reality of running in Winterpeg is you’re going to have to deal with the cold. Sure, this cold this soon is awfully unwelcome. But dealing with this inexorable cold is what makes Manitobans tough, so let’s not hide inside. I’m speaking mostly for myself, as I have absolutely seen some bundled up joggers toughing the cold over the past few days.

Running in the cold can be uncomfortable when not done right. Running in the extreme cold can be dangerous if not done right.

Running Room’s Book on Running by John Stanton contains some great information about running all seasons. This link takes you to all the basics you need to know about running in really cold weather.

My top five points from the Book on Running excerpt:

  • Keep all extremities covered including ears, hands, wrists, ankles and neck. Exposed skin can get frostbite in a matter of minutes. Your respiratory area will stay warm from your breathing.
  • Apply Bodyglide or body lubricant to any exposed skin to help protect it from the wind and drying effects of the cold. I learned this the hard way and often tell people about my “chapped face” experience last year.
  • Bring cab fare, a cell phone, and ID. Accidents happen and the freezing cold is no time to be unprepared.
  • Be aware of hypothermia especially on wet or windy days. Signs of hypothermia include slurred speech, clumsy fingers and poor coordination. At the first sign, get to a warm, dry place and seek medical attention.
  • Run in small loops close to your starting point. If you find it is getting unbearable, you won’t be far away from shelter.

Stay classy, Winnipeg

All it took were a few hours with Ron Burgundy to get a mega crowd of nearly 11,000 to come out and watch the Canadian curling Olympic trials yesterday.

Sure, some were curling fans, but being the nosy, celebrity-obsessed creatures that we are, many just went to the MTS Centre to see Will Ferrell’s buffoonery as a guest host.

If Ron Burgundy can produce curling fans that easily, I don’t see why this list of celebrities who run marathons can’t get a few folks on the running wagon. And you’ll never guess who’s number one on the list.

Will Ferrell (for real!) – 3:56:12 at the 2003 Boston Marathon.

Katie Holmes –  5:29:58 at the New York City Marathon.

P. Diddy – 4:14:54 at the 2003 New York City Marathon.

Al Gore – 4:58:25 at the Marine Corps Marathon in 1997…while he was still Vice President!

Shia LaBeouf – 4:35:31 at the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon.

Oprah Winfrey – 4:29:15 at the Marine Corps Marathon

Ryan Reynolds – 3:50:22 at the 2008 New York City Marathon.

Drew Carey – 4:41:39 at the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon.

Pamela Anderson – 5:41:03 at the 2013 New York City Marathon.

Alanis Morissette – 4:17:03 at the Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon