Archive for the ‘Running’ Category

4 Tips For New Runners

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

4 Tips For New Runners

By Karen Kwan

Inspired by all the runners you see in your neighbourhood and thinking of taking up the sport this fall? Before you jump right into it, I’ve drafted up some practical advice for you. Now, take note: I’m not a personal trainer or running coach by trade; this is just knowledge I’ve gathered in my five years of running, in interviewing running experts and reading about the sport. Keep in mind, though, that I started in a Learn to Run clinic — so I was an absolute beginner like many of you! And I’ve since run a few short races, nine half-marathons, one 30-kilometre race and one marathon, so I know firsthand of what I speak of here. Keep these tips in mind as you tie up those laces. (more…)

Will Running Make My Legs Bulky?

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Will Running Make My Legs Bulky?

By Karen Kwan

Lean — that’s what most of us are aiming to achieve when we’re working out. So much so that we may shy away from activities that have a reputation for creating bulky muscles, such as lifting weights leading to a manly physique, or running causing hefty thighs and calves.

In fact, a Lipstick Powder N Paint reader came to us with this very observation and asked us for some help; she started running regularly and now her legs seem way bulkier, and she wants to know if there’s anything she could do about it? (more…)

The Truth Behind 3 Common Running Myths

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The truth behind 3 common running myths

By Karen Kwan

Myth #1: You should stretch before you run. (more…)

Keep your cool while running this summer

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Keep your cool while running this summer

By Karen Kwan

Ah, newbie runners – you thought summer was the perfect time to pick up the sport, only to realize that the high temps and humidity can make for some very difficult and very uncomfortable runs. Lea Amaral, owner of Energia Athletics in Toronto, shares her top tips on how to keep as cool as possible during your summer runs. (more…)

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