Interesting how a thread about the best things about being a Canadian runner has morphed into a discussion of the Running Room. To me, it is a Canadian success story.<br><br>
I think the <span style="text-decoration:underline;">changes in season</span> make Canadian runners very adaptable. Also the seasons and changing light levels break up the routine. For me there is nothing like a long run on a crisp minus 10 C winter day, bright sun, clean paths (thank you NCC).<br><br>
I'd put <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Running Room</span> on the plus side of being a Canadian runner. I am not a cult member, but it does provide a recreational hub whereever they set up. They work and promote a lot of races and they give back to the charities in the community. I don't train 10:1 myself but I have paced 10:1 marathons and I think it is an effective strategy for newer runners with target times over 4 hours. Also I think the standard 10:1 approach is better than the overly flexible Galloway approach where everyone seems to be on a different schedule. At least with the RR approach you can have pace bunnies doing that in races. And there are more runners in Canada and more women runners in particular (and there is nothing wrong with that!!), thanks to the RR Clinics. I do minimum shopping there and there may be better shoe advice elsewhere (although as with every store, it really depends on the staff you get)<br><br>
Good choice of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">quirky races</span>: There is a place for the Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver marathon experience but I love the choice of quirky races. I've run races which go thru the 400 metre blast tunnel for a nuclear shelter (Carp), and a race that is 14.7 k long, is hand-timed with stop watches the old fashion way and everyone gets a pennant (guarantee for a PB the first time you run it) and another where the winners get pies. There are also some 'gem' marathons like the Prince Edward County Marathon near Kingston. And I just love the Canada Day races.<br><br>
I also think most <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Canadian cities are very runnable</span>. While there are unlit bike paths that demand caution, and unfortunately for women runners there is still a greater need for general caution, there are very few 'no go' areas for running in Canada.<br><br>
And finally because we use <span style="text-decoration:underline;">kilometers rather than miles</span>, we just sound a lot faster.