Canadian Running

Editorial

- Anne Fran­cis, Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor @Cana­di­anRun­ning Sports · Running · Athletics

As I write this, I’m about 10 days out from be­ing al­lowed to start run­ning again af­ter arthro­scopic knee surgery. My in­jury has pre­vented me from run­ning for the bet­ter part of a year, and the fact that it’s the mid­dle of Jan­uary doesn’t dampen my ex­cite­ment a bit. My big­gest takeaway from this ex­pe­ri­ence was that run­ning in­juries re­quire the at­ten­tion of an ex­pe­ri­enced sports medicine pro­fes­sional. (Another doc had told me that my in­jury would heal with­out surgery, which was not quite true. He also told me – I kid you not – that run­ning would ruin my knees.)

This is­sue’s cover story (p.32) by An­drew McKay on how our bod­ies change as we ad­vance through life has par­tic­u­lar res­o­nance for recre­ational run­ners like me, who dab­bled in the sport for years be­fore get­ting se­ri­ous about it in my 40s. And I didn’t fall in love with the marathon un­til many years later. The story un­der­scores the im­por­tance of adding strength as we get older, and helps us un­der­stand how our bod­ies change, and how to adapt our run­ning goals ac­cord­ingly.

I hope you’ll also en­joy Kevin Mack­in­non’s pro­file of Ste­fan Daniel, a dif­fer­ently-abled run­ner with the rare abil­ity to ex­cel in mul­ti­ple Para and able-bod­ied sports.

For the first time in months, there is light at the end of a very dark tun­nel, and recre­ational run­ners may be able to race again in 2021. Here’s hop­ing.

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