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Canadian Running - - CONTENTS - Dave Car­pen­ter, Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor @Cana­di­anRun­ning

Cana­dian Run­ning mag­a­zine came into be­ing 10 years ago. 2008 was the same year I started run­ning as a form of ex­er­cise and not out of sheer ne­ces­sity, like chas­ing af­ter a bus, or one of my chil­dren prone to tum­bling down sets of stairs. In that time, it feels as though run­ning has en­tered the fu­ture – the kind you pic­tured in your head as a kid, with driver­less cars and ro­bot as­sis­tants – but sus­pected may only ever ex­ist in sci-fi movies. But this fu­ture is un­fold­ing all around us, in­clud­ing when we lace up our shoes. Cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy has had pro­found im­pli­ca­tions on how we now run in 2018, for bet­ter or for worse. In 2008, the iPhone had just launched in Canada and a “so­cial” run still meant meet­ing your friends at the cof­fee shop in per­son. Now we spend more of our time run­ning “to­gether” via apps like Strava, trad­ing phys­i­cal high fives for vir­tual ku­dos. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, tech­nol­ogy has also fa­cil­i­tated the rise of highly so­cial and in­clu­sive events in the real world with real hu­mans. Take ParkRun as an ex­am­ple – a weekly 5k park race that started in the U.K. and has spread rapidly across 20 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Canada, through the power of so­cial me­dia and a sim­ple bar code. And while many of us born be­fore 1981 dis­miss younger gen­er­a­tions as even more un­healthily glued to their mo­bile phones than we are, it’s tech­nol­ogy it­self that they deftly em­ploy to cre­ate aware­ness and drive mem­ber­ships in an ex­pand­ing num­ber of real-world run­ning groups across the coun­try. Young Cana­di­ans seem driven more by in­clu­siv­ity, a sense of com­mu­nity and not tak­ing run­ning so damn se­ri­ously; Mon­treal’s Ya­majo Run Crew, the Van­cou­ver Flight Crew (p.67) and count­less beer miles pop­ping up across the coun­try rep­re­sent this new at­ti­tude.

As such, tech­nol­ogy weaves its way through­out this 10th An­niver­sary is­sue of Cana­dian Run­ning. Ta­nia Hass’ fea­ture, ‘The Fu­ture is Now: Run­ning & Tech­nol­ogy’ (p. 40) ex­plores the ben­e­fits of our gad­gets, and the pit­falls of the data they con­tain. In ‘Run­ning In Age Of Cli­mate Change’ (p. 46), Rhi­an­non Rus­sell looks be­yond our dig­i­tal screens and ex­plores the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties run­ners have to give back to the en­vi­ron­ment, as op­posed to sim­ply run­ning through it. The more things change, the more they stay same, and Jon-Erik Kawamoto shares why you should take a fresh look at an old­fash­ioned ap­proach to strength train­ing (p.26). We also look for­ward again, but just a lit­tle, to the hol­i­days with the lat­est and great­est shoes, gear, tech, ap­parel and ac­ces­sories on of­fer in our an­nual win­ter shoe re­view (p.60) and gift guide (p.54).

From 2008 to 2018, we hope you’ve en­joyed (and con­tinue to en­joy) the jour­ney.

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