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Be­fore pound­ing the pave­ment of the sea­wall, or hit­ting the softer trails of Stan­ley Park, avid run­ners and jog­gers should pick up a few handy items. New from In­stance, the Fu­sion Run col­lec­tion is com­prised of socks that look as good as they feel, with anatom­i­cally cor­rect footbeds for women and men plus durable mois­ture-wick­ing fi­bres that keep feet cool (at the Van­cou­ver Run­ning Co., page 39). Want a bounce in your step but not in your bust? Min­i­mize bounce and elim­i­nate chaf­ing with an Ex­treme Con­trol Sports Bra from Anita Ac­tive. The wide er­gonomic straps and breath­able mesh back, to­gether with the seam­less mi­crofiber tow­elling in­side the cups, en­sure it’s the com­fi­est high-per­for­mance sports bra you’ve ever tried (find your per­fect fit at Diane’s Lin­gerie, page 37). Carry gels, a wa­ter bot­tle or hy­dra­tion sys­tem, sun­screen, keys and more in the Run All Day Back­pack from Lu­l­ule­mon (page 38), which fits se­curely and fea­tures 360-de­gree re­flec­tiv­ity, per­fect for a sun­set jog along English Bay. Af­ter a long run, ease stiff­ness, re­lease ten­sion and re­duce mus­cu­lar aches with a

Pain Re­lease Kit from Saje Nat­u­ral Well­ness (page 41). It uses the heal­ing power of aro­mather­apy in a roll-on rem­edy, mist, mas­sage oil and bath salts. While re­lax­ing, pe­ruse In the Dis­tance: Why We Strug­gle Through the De­mands of Run­ning, and How It Leads Us to Peace. Writ­ten by run­ner and colum­nist Dave Grif­fin, the book ex­plores the solo sport’s philo­soph­i­cal side, ex­am­in­ing how run­ning bet­ter equips folks to deal with all as­pects of life (avail­able at www.ama­zon.ca). Who’d have guessed the key to in­ner peace is a daily run?—Sheri Rad­ford

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