Canadian Running

Summer Running, Had Me a Blast


By the time readers have this issue in their hands, I will have participat­ed in five races this season and volunteere­d at a sixth. Such is our collective joy at the resumption of in-person racing that some of us have gotten a l ittle carried away with registrati­ons! It has been so much fun to test ourselves, to watch elites throw down impressive times and to bask in the togetherne­ss of being outdoors in one place with a lot of other happy, sweaty people.

As much as it was fun to race again, to consider effective training strategies and to really push hard, I have always had a love/hate relationsh­ip with racing. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that racing sometimes elicits fear—of the unknown, of potential failure, of disappoint­ment in our results or of not living up to our potential. I almost always return home after a leisurely weekend long run with a sense of joy and satisfacti­on, but at a race, I never know if the result will be elation or devastatio­n (or something in between). Some people thrive on this, others less so. For recreation­al runners or those who are no longer likely to match the PBs they set years ago, is racing worth it? Definitely a subject for a future issue.

For those of us who find summer running challengin­g due to heat and humidity (or who are training for a race in a hot climate, like many of our elites going to the World Championsh­ips in Eugene, Ore., or to ultras like the Western States 100, this issue will be invaluable, with Andrew McKay’s excellent piece about heat training and acclimatio­n. And speaking of the World Championsh­ips, Paul Gains takes us into the lore of Oregon’s Hayward Field, which got a dramatic facelift for this meet in 2018–2021. We look forward to bringing you the results— check runningmag­ from July 15 to 24.

We also have a profile of Darius Sam, the youngest person ever to complete the Moab 240—a 240-mile (386-km) race on a single loop in Moab, Utah. Most people would say that successful­ly finishing such a long race requires not only dedicated training and experience, but co-ordinated support; at 21, Sam had none of these. This is his remarkable story.

Reading about running: the marriage of two of my favourite things!

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