Coach's Corner

Seasonal Break

As we head into the depths of fall and on into winter, most of us have done our big races for the season and are in recovery or maintenance mood. A good time of the Year to get over those nagging injuries and do some cross training. Give your body a break. I know if you have been running well over the Year you don't won't to loose the momentum you have built up. However, running is hard on our bodies. If you have been doing three hard workouts a week cut it down to one. For instance on your long run cut your pace time down. You will feel a lot better after the run and your body will recover faster.

I did my last "big" race a couple of weeks ago and like the idea of coasting out the rest of the Year and planning races for next Year. In the New Year start building up again. Maybe you are doing Around the Bay, then a Marathon in the Spring. Build it up as best you can January through March. Maybe some tread mill runs or cross training maybe needed because of poor weather conditions.

At XSNRG, we run all Year round outside. It feels a lot easier to run with a group at a specified time. Gets you out the door and gets some time in on your feet. Don't feel the need to go crazy at XS during the winter months. Maybe some nights will probably be better than others. On these nights you can push it a little harder.

Happy winter running!

"Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time." -Michael Sargent

X-S-N-R-G = excess energy!

XSNRG Running Club (read it as ‘Excess Energy’) is a running club that specializes in doing group ‘speed’ workouts once a week. If you want to improve your overall running speed – no matter how fast a runner you are – you have to do speed workouts. And since few people can do them effectively on their own, we offer weekly speed workouts in a group of 20 to 35 runners. You can’t help but be motivated.

‘Speed’ workouts vary from week to week but each week include one of intervals, tempo runs or hills, all part of distance runners’ “periodic” training. If you are able to run at least 6 to 8 km, you are ready to increase your endurance, power and speed with XSNRG.

The club welcomes and encourages runners of all levels and abilities to come out and run. We meet at one location in mid Toronto every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm sharp and jog to our workout location. Workouts are organized and led by club coaches and consist of stretches, warm-ups and cool downs before and after every workout.

Meeting Points:
From May to September - we meet at the Sports Pavilion parking lot (lot 7) in Sunnybrook Park (deep in the park up the hill from the stables, 2km from Leslie St.)
From October to April - we meet at Leaside High School (park at the east end of the school in the lot off Parkhurst/Hanna... enter the school from the lot and go to the lower level. Washrooms are available.

XSNRG was established in the late 1980s in Toronto by runners and triathletes and continues to attract both for motivating speed workouts. Past members have included Lisa Bentley (11x Ironman champion), Lori Bowden (5x Ironman champion), both in their early years of running, and Darryl Fox (brother of Terry Fox and National Director of the Terry Fox Research Institute).