iRun to someday win the race Lindy Dunlop, Yukon

iRun for the fresh air and adrenalin Charlyn McGregor, Saskatchewan

iRun because running is like breathing to Stephanie McEvoy, Ontario

iRun therefore I amDuncan Walsh, Nottingham, UK

iRun because pecan pie, french fries and beer are chasing meTeresa Sterling, Ottawa , ON

iRun at 50 years old because at 43 I couldnít Peter Cicalo, Ontario

iRun because when I run I feel most aliveMeghan Lynch, Ottawa, ON

iRun for me! Judi Wearing, Saskatchewan

iRun because I love the solitude Janene Tailleur, British Columbia

iRun because it cleans up my life, because I drink more water, sleep better and eat healthier foodsRobin McIntyre, Ottawa, ON

iRun because I love the sense of accomplishment Amber Moase, Nova Scotia

iRun because I get foot rubs afterward Kate Howerton, British Columbia

iRun to kickstart my day Sharon Strueby, Saskatchewan

iRun because I want to live to be 100! Colette DeJean, Ontario

iRun because it makes me feel powerfulCarlene Paquette, Carp, ON

iRun so my daughters know that they can, too Shelley Kirkpatrick, New Brunswick

iRun because it reminds me that I am capable of so much more than I have doneJames Sauve, Ottawa, ON

iRun to satisfy the irresistible urge Tim Nixon, British Columbia

iRun to eat Maureen Tritscher, Alberta

iRun because I cannot say no to a second slice of chocolate cakeEmily Shandruk, Vancouver, BC

iRun for meKiza Francis, Ottawa,ON

iRun to be free and enjoy our beautiful countryCheryl Carter, Clearwater , BC

iRun because it makes me a better person, a better wife, a better mother and a better friendNathalie Joncas-Caissie, St-Antoine, NB

iRun because my heart tells me to William Martin, Manitoba

iRun because couch potatoes die young Cathy Andrew, Ontario

iRun for the moment when both feet are off the ground Catherine Anderson, British Columbia

iRun because it's cheaper than therapy Leah Boulter, Alberta

iRun for the individual pursuit Robert Pelletier, New Brunswick

iRun because somebody once told me I couldn't Heidi Abbey-Der, Saskatchewan

iRun for relaxation and to motivate my two sonsKeith Bradbury, Newfoundland

iRun at 50 years old because at 43 I couldn't Peter Cicalo, Ontario

iRun to inspire my kids to tryGlen Johnston, Nunavut

iRun but not enoughMichael Shaw, New Westminister, BC

iRun whenever I feel the need to escape Iona Hillis, Ontario

iRun to feel great Kathryn Rachar, Saskatchewan

iRun because walking is too slow Barry Knapp, Ontario

iRun because the wall is meant to be broken Jonathan Bird, Ontario

iRun because itís like flying, only lower Glenn Johnson, Ontario

iRun to stay ahead of the weight gainMyra Abstreiter, Alberta

iRun away from the negative and towards the positive Teri Lepard, Alberta

iRun to get to know myself, my strength and my spirit Lisa Groulx, Ontario

iRun because itís a great way to see the world Sherry Mahoney, British Columbia

iRun so I can eat ice cream Sandy Bolan, Ontario

iRun to stay fit and release those running endorphinsLiliana Plava, Calgary, AB

iRun because I want to qualify for Boston and raise money for charities near and dear to my heartChristine Gracel, Calgary, AB

iRun for health, i Run for life Pat Cheung, British Columbia

iRun slowly! Jason Hoffman, Manitoba

iRun because itís cheaper than therapy Leah Boulter, Alberta

iRun because it sure beats the bus Robin Robbins, Alberta

iRun because itís better than almost everything else Nathan Carey, Ontario

iRun to prove to myself I canLesley McGougan, Brampton, ON

iRun slowly!Jason Hoffman, Manitoba

iRun because I can and I’m gratefulTerry SanCartier, Gatineau, QC

iRun because endorphins are free Cassandra Chouinard, Ontario

iRun for my heart, so it runs for me! Cathy Brzoza, British Columbia

iRun for the challenge and to remember to fully live Pascale Synnott, Quťbec

iRun because food tastes better afterwards Patrick Houston, Alberta

iRun to challenge myself, physically and mentallyKathleen Keenan, Brampton, ON

iRun because people around me inspire mePina Bevilacqua, Caledon, ON

iRun because it is my tonic and my salvation Georgia Ioannou, British Columbia

iRun because it makes me whole Denis Ladouceur, Quebec

iRun because iEat Sherry Maligaspe, British Columbia

iRun because it has saved my life John Marshall, Alberta

iRun because it reminds me of how strong I can be Monique Lavoie, Ontario

iRun because I like buying running clothes Pamela Blaikie, Ontario

iRun for the cool t-shirts! Pina Bevilacqua, Ontario

iRun to inspire my children! Wendy Bowen, Manitoba

iRun so that I can live longer and stronger Derek MacPhail, Ontario

iRun because it gets my husband out there Tricia LaLonde, Alberta

iRun to challenge my perceived limitations Cassandra Williams, Ontario

iRun because it gives me freedom to relax my brain Marie-Claude Gregoire, Nova Scotia

iRun to my happy place and some days itís very Doreen May, Alberta

iRun because otherwise Iím grumpy Alexandre Charest, Quebec

iRun to eat more, especially sweet potatoe fries Joanna Skomra, Ontario

iRun because iLoves my man Beverly Huang, Alberta

iRun because I canít dance Mario Javier, Ontario

iRun away from the abyss Charlene Thomas, Ontario

iRun because I liveGeorges Schneller, Laval, QC

iRun because it gives me freedom to relax my brainMarie-Claude Gregoire, Nova Scotia

iRun because it helps me see things more clearly Jennifer Pitts, Ontario

iRun because I never thought I would be able toGary Morris, Winnipeg, MB

iRun so I donít say never ever again Linda Klaric, Manitoba

iRun because I like to be healthy Melanie Oickle, New Brunswick

iRun all the livelong day Pierre Saint-Laurent, Quťbec

iRun because there is no finish line Claire Kilgour, Ontario

iRun because it is my tonic and my salvation Georgia Ioannou, British Columbia

iRun because I am not as clumsy I thought I was Hanna Baer, Quebec

iRun because i love to Mirella Petriello, Ontario

iRun for relaxation and to motivate my two sons Keith Bradbury, Newfoundland

iRun because endorphins are freeCassandra Chouinard, Ontario

iRun because it gives my day a boost of energy Sara Campbell, Nova Scotia

iRun because I learn more about who I am with every km Steph Mansell, Quebec

iRun because it makes me feel powerful Sarah Kallaghan, Alberta

iRun because all the ladies are chasing my sexy runner’s bodyChris Baker, Etobicoke, ON

iRun because I need it to soothe the soul, keep me in shape and for overall wellbeingBeth Neil, Lombardy, ON

iRun because Iíve lost 80 lbs and running has become fun Cheryl Kelly, Ontario

iRun because of the peace and strength it brings meMichelle Jordan, Ottawa, ON

iRun because couch potatoes die young Cathy Andrew, Ontario

iRun to correct years of sedentary living! Mike Scott, Ontario

iRun because I like buying running clothes Pamela Blaikie, Ontario

iRun to unleash my inner athleteAdelle Densham, Avonmore, ON

iRun because not everyone can Olivia Harvey, New Brunswick

iRun for the challenge to go faster and farther Steven Matejka, Alberta

iRun because it’s in meMichael Foley, Stittsville, ON

iRun to maintain a strong physical and mental state Tammy Rainville, Ontario

iRun because itís fun when itís done Sue Matte, Ontario

iRun because somebody once told me I couldnít Heidi Abbey-Der, Saskatchewan

iRun because it's better than almost everything else Nathan Carey, Ontario

iRun to prove to them that iCan Catherine Smith, Manitoba

iRun because it makes me feel good, allows me to spend time with my friends and gives me a feeling of accomplishmentHelen Kolodziejzyk, Calgary, AB

iRun because I learn more about who I am with every kmSteph Mansell, Quebec

iRun to challenge my mind, body and soul Sonia Mendes, Ontario

iRun see where my feet will take me todayMegan Dolinskas, New York

iRun because iEat Sherry Maligaspe, British Columbia

iRun for overall wellbeingTrish McCourt, Halifax, NS

iRun because it's a great stress release Brooke McKenzie, Yukon

iRun and run, and run, and run, and nobody can stop me Andrei Lucaciu, Ontario

iRun because I want to be a role model for our six kids Catherine Empey, British Columbia

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Workout Wednesday

My Best Running Race

June 2009

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I'm Daniel Alfredsson and iRun

Name: Daniel Alfredsson
Gothenburg, Sweden
Professional hockey player

For Daniel Alfredsson, there is no better workout than a hard run through the trails of his hometown in Sweden. As the captain of the Ottawa Senators, Alfredsson carries more weight on his frame than a typical runner, but he has still managed to post some impressive times. And Alfredsson is already thinking ahead to life after hockey, when he intends to lose a few pounds, do triathlons, maybe run a marathon and almost certainly take on a series of endurance events called the Swedish Classic.

I probably started running when I was 13 or 14, when we started off-ice workouts as part of our training. We didn’t use any weights; it was all push-ups, sit-ups and running. It’s always been a part of what I’ve done. I played a lot of soccer growing up, which required a lot of running
as well.

I’ve always been a decent runner even though I’m fairly heavy. I’ve always, compared to hockey players anyway, been one of the faster guys. I did a cross-country 10k just under 40 minutes – that’s my record, but that’s way back. For 5k, I’ve done 17:55 or something like that. For 3000 metres, on a track, my record is 10:12. Not bad for 200 pounds.

I run mostly in the off-season. Sometimes I run at the beginning of the season as well. But then usually once you have a road trip and you don’t have access to a treadmill, you don’t do it for a couple of weeks and then it’s hard to get back it into it because you get sore right away. If all of a sudden you just start running again, you get sore. I have a tough time getting on the stationary bike. I’d much rather be running, there’s no question. Every year I have great intentions to try to keep it up through the year, but it never happens.

Early in the summer, I do longer runs. Longer for me is 10k. I don’t go further than 10k. Since I’m heavy it takes too much toll on my body. So I usually go between 8 and 10k earlier in the summer. And then toward August, when I start skating again, I do more intervals and sprints: 60 metres, 100 metres, 200- and 400-metre intervals, so I’m getting the same effect as my shifts, between 30 and 60 or 70 seconds.

When I played in Sweden, I always went to this park where they have 2.5k, 3k, 5k, 7.5k, 8k and 10k trails. If you always run in the same park, you get your times and it’s consistent. I always like to go back to those trails and compare myself to where I was before.

Even though I’m a little bit better about it, I still need a time. It’s a competitive thing. There have been a few times where I go out and just take it easy, but somehow I’ve always got to try to beat the time before. I have a tough time just going out running. I’ve gotta go fast.

I’ve found I’m really good at knowing my limit, when I need to slow down a little bit or when I can push myself a little bit more. I don’t need a heart-rate monitor to know where I should be. I can feel on my own, okay I’m pushing myself too hard, I’ve still got 4k to go, I’ve got to slow down a little bit. I know my body really well that way. I just try to be on the limit all the time. Pretty much every run, I’m trying to stay as close to the edge as I can.

Where I grew up, where my parents live, there’s a 5k trail. When I go visit them, I always try to fit in a run a couple of times each summer, just to see what time I can beat, from previous years. I can’t go back to when I was 24 or 25, when I was in the best shape. But those runs I definitely look forward to. It’s very hilly and I love cross-country. That’s my favourite. I love the hills and the trail running. That run, I always look forward to.

My wife is also a runner. She really enjoys running as well. She trained for a full marathon and she was going to do one but we ended up going to Sweden a month earlier and she missed the race. But she trained all the way up to a couple of weeks before. Now she’s scheduled to run the Ottawa half-marathon this spring.

I’ve got the body that if I stop working out, I’m going to gain weight without question. I picked up road-biking a couple of years ago. I can swim. And I like to run. So doing a triathlon would definitely be something that I’d look at doing (after I retire from hockey).

There’s a couple of endurance things I’d like to do. The Vasaloppet, which is a 90-kilometre cross-country ski race in Sweden. There’s also something called the Swedish Classic. You do the Vasaloppet, you do a long swim and a long bike and a cross-country race. If you do all four in one year, it’s called the Classic. That’s something a few of my friends and I have talked about doing.

I will need to do something longer. I can’t just run 20 to 40 minutes like I do now. I’m going to have to go more endurance than speed. So I definitely want to do a half-marathon, and if I can lose enough weight I’ll do a full marathon.

I enjoy working out. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been successful, is because I’ve always enjoyed working out. It hasn’t been a punishment for me to go to the gym or go for a run. I get paid to be in really good shape and I’ve got people looking after me to make sure I’m in good shape. Good doctors, good physiotherapy. Everybody wants to make sure I’m in good health. That’s a pretty good job to have. So I’m very fortunate that way. Like I said, I like working out.

I find running the best exercise and one of the best workouts for me in the off-season. I don’t know if it’s because endorphins or whatever kick in, but you get confidence after and your metabolism increases. Everything just feels so much fresher when I run. It’s a mental challenge during the run, but the mental benefit after a run is tough to get somewhere else.

There’s no better feeling than coming in after a 10k for me. The perfect day for me is 20 degrees, it’s just been raining and there’s a little bit of mist in the air.

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