Category Archives: Training Tips

Economical running watches that do almost everything: comparing Polar’s M400 and Garmin’s Forerunner 15

Two economical watches that offer a full range of features for runners have recently come onto the market. These are Polar’s M400 (with HRM) and Garmin’s Forerunner 15 (with HRM). These watches appeal to a wide range of consumers because … Continue reading

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20-minute cardio workouts on the soccer field

During this busy holiday season, I thought it was a perfect time to encourage people to keep up their workouts in spite of the multiple demands of work, family, shopping, decorating, and partying. Plus we all know that working out … Continue reading

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Summer fun Part 2–Teenaged summer fun and the birth of an athlete

Teenaged summer experiences enhanced my love of summer in two major ways: I discovered my two favourite sports, and I became an athlete. 1) Summer sex  ***CENSORED*** Oops! This part of my post was rated “too hot” even by summer standards, … Continue reading

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The middle-aged athlete part two: being a guinea pig for heart rate experiments

Sometimes I like treating myself like a guinea pig. My recent experiments on myself involved using a heart rate monitor watch for the first time. I learned about the physiological basis of running training decades ago, but as an elite … Continue reading

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Specificity of training in running

Last week I did two workouts that reminded me yet again of the #1 rule of training: specificity. You become good at exactly what you practice. The first workout was my longest bike ride in a while. During the winter, … Continue reading

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Sport watches part II: Is there really a coach inside the watch?

I finally broke down and bought my first GPS watch, a Garmin Forerunner 10, after 38 years of running successfully (for much of that time at an elite level) with nothing more sophisticated than a Timex chronograph watch. Recently I’ve … Continue reading

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Sport watches part I: comparing features of Garmins and a Polar

Recently I’ve been doing some research about some of the more advanced sport watches. I started using a Garmin Forerunner 10 (a simple GPS watch) about a year ago. I’ve had fun with it and I’m impressed both by how … Continue reading

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Fitbit or Fitcat: Which is right for you?

Fitbit wristbands are very hot right now. These devices can give geeks and stats freaks lots of numbers to play with, as they monitor their wearer’s activities and sleep 24/7. For those of you who are worried that Fitbit might … Continue reading

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Ten tips to make exercise fun

New Year’s fitness resolutions? Here are some tips to help you stick to your exercise plans and achieve your goals: Choose an activity that you enjoy and that your body can handle. Running or jogging can give a great high, … Continue reading

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My Sasamat Lake mini-triathlon

Last week I did a new workout that inspired me to create a new goal for myself: this summer I’m going to complete my own personal Sasamat Lake mini-triathlon! My workout was simple: I rode my mountain bike from my … Continue reading

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