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Fitness Swelless: 5 reasons you should light up the night and do the Ultra Night Run

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The best part about running is completing a race—for me, anyhow. It’s a huge sense of accomplishment, after all of that training, to cross the finish line. Throw in some post-race festivities and that’s a winning combination. Which is just one reason why you should also do the Ultra Night Run.

Let’s get into why this is the race you should add to your fall goals:

  1. It’s the first year of the Ultra Night Run so you can forever brag about how you took part in the inaugural one. The race is happening in six cities across Canada including Toronto (where I’ll be taking part on September 8th), Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal. Find out about each city’s race here.
  2. There’s a 5k and a 10k distance. So you’ve got options. Maybe one of those is your preferred race distance, or maybe you’re new to running and want to stick to a 5k distance to get your feet wet.
  3. It’s a night run. These are more rare and hey, you don’t have to get up at 4 or 5 a.m. like you do for most races. The temperature will cool for the evening, and running at night is a different experience. Every runner will get an Energizer LED headlight you must wear for safety (but that’ll add to the fun of racing the course in the dark).
  4. It’s a chip-timed race. OK, now I know this race will definitely be more on the fun side rather than nail-a-PB type of race, but if you’ve got a personally competitive streak like I do, you know how important a race being chipped is!
  5. Did I mention the post-race celebration? After the race, you’ll get an ice-cold Michelob Ultra to toast with the other runners, along with some food and music. Picture a beautiful early fall evening, you’ve all got a runner’s high from the race you just completed and you have a refreshing beer in hand. Maybe getting to that party will push you to run even faster? Sounds like a pretty perfect way to party after a great workout (Bonus: Ultra is only 90 calories and 2.6 grams of carbs!). That’s what #liveultra is all about.


I’ll be there, headlight on and ready to light up the night. See you at the start line!

To register (all runners must be legal drinking age, btw) or for more info, visit Ultra Night Run. Don’t wait too long to register, though, as the number of participants is capped in each city!



Leave a Comment August 8, 2018

Fitness Swellness: Famous Canadian Beer Run recap


I don’t think I’ve ever run a “fun run”, as in a race that isn’t timed, but I guess there’s a first for everything, and my first fun run was the Famous Canadian Beer Run held on September 18, 2016.

Having run the RBC Race for the Kids 15k the day prior, I wasn’t gunning for a fast 5K time anyhow (that plus the fact I haven’t been training consistently). The weather was very hot and humid that day, which always brings me down in speed by a ton. but I wasn’t focused on pushing to go fast by any means anyhow. But I did in small stretches find myself pushing myself to go a little harder, motivated by the mere factor of just wanting the race to be over with (I was uncomfortable in the sunshine, and I had a puppy I was sitting for the weekend waiting for me at home). I ran most of the race with my running pal, Shawna, who was pacing the last wave of the race, I lost her a few times as I kept stopping to take photos, but I could always hear her shouting how close we all were to beer at the finish. And she was always easy to spot given her fun run pacer outfit:


There was a frustratingly slow race kit pickup (which was only held on the day of the race) but there were lots of positives to this run including the drumline along the route, being able to see the city from Ontario Place, and of course, the beer, cider and vodka cocktails at the end of the race. The “medal” being the plastic beer stein was a fun touch, too. I didn’t get to hang out at the finish long since I had to get back to puppy-sitting, but I’d consider running the race again if the race kit pickup is improved (I should add that the organizers sent an apology email immediately after the race, and a survey for feedback recently, so they are making the effort to improve from their inaugural race this year, which goes a long way in my books!).


For more of a recap, check out my post on the iRun website here.

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Leave a Comment September 28, 2016

Foodie Swellness: Daura Damm #GF beer


Never heard of Daura Damm? Well, if you’re celiac or sensitive to gluten, listen up because Daura Damm is a gluten-friendly beer and it tastes good. I’d never pretend to be a beer expert but I’d say I’ve sipped enough bottles of it (hey, what can I say, I was a sorority girl in uni…) and Daura Damm holds its own against other (gluten full) beers.  And I know with some meals, or on a hot summer day, sometimes the most quenching thing you need is an ice cold beer, and now y’all on gluten-aware diets can indulge.


And what would make a great pairing with Daura Damm beer than some crazy satisfying tacos (already naturally gluten-free)? Last week, I was invited to indulge in dinner with Daura Damm at La Carnita (a resto I’ve been to several times on my own) and you don’t need to ask me twice if I’m down for La Carnita, beer and some fun company. From the Mexican street corn (my fave, it’s covered with that queso anejo!) to the bounty of six different tacos brought to the table (the beef cheek taco is definitely edging its way up as one of my faves at this resto; the West Coast Rockfish taco, which features BC snapper with corn batter, lettuce, tamarind balsamic sauce, chipotle mayo and tomatillo salsa is another great one — I always have a soft spot for fish tacos!), with a cold Daura Damm in hand, this little fiesta almost made it seem like summertime. Oh, and let’s not forget the gauc, corn salsa and spicy bean dip with crunchy tortilla chips to start; I think we order this every time we go to La Carnita…a great way to whet the appetite!


Daura Damm’s taste? Think light and refreshing, and this Spanish beer is guaranteed to have a gluten content below 3ppm (Health Canada considers foods containing less than 20ppm to be gluten-free).


Next time you’re buying beer, add some Daura Damm to taste test it yourself (and besides, if you’ve got guests with gluten sensitivities, you’ll pretty much make their year by introducing them to it).

Where to find it? Daura Damm is available at select LCBO stores across Ontario. Starting in April, Daura Damm will also be available at The Beer Store in selected locations.



Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Daura Damm.


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