Running scared: dogs

Dogs may be known as man’s best friend but they are often a runner’s worst nightmare. While fearing an attack from a dog is not necessarily top of mind during every step of every run, the sight of a dog on the loose, the jarring growls from behind a fence or even the innocent jingle of a collar in the dark is enough to strike terror to bone. Will that chain hold? Is that gate closed? Can I get away before it bites me?

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Niagara Runner finishes 17th overall at Niagara Falls International Marathon

Niagara Runner Rob Lapensee with John Stanton, founder of the Running Room

John Stanton gave me some advice on Saturday that helped me reach my goal on Sunday.

I love feeling like anything is possible after a good run.

I had that kind of feeling after finishing the Niagara Falls International Marathon Sunday. It was a great run for me: a solid, consistent effort from start to finish that ended with a new personal best, a second place age group award, the honour of top local finisher and a time that meets the qualifying standard for the Boston Marathon.

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Waiting at the finish line

The Niagara Falls International Marathon is set for Sunday and runners will be lining up in Buffalo for the 10 a.m. start.

Problem is, the finish is all the way back in Niagara Falls and it’s going to take a few hours to get there. For the runners, it’s time well spent. But for friends and family waiting at the finish, well, let’s just say it can feel like forever.

The good news is Niagara Falls has a ton of things to do that are based near the finish.

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Gearing up for the Niagara Falls marathon

Can’t believe the Niagara Falls International Marathon is less than two weeks away. The virtual tour posted above was a cool find. Brought back all sorts of great memories. And painful ones. My legs started burning a little over four minutes into the video. I think they were remembering the last 12k from last year’s marathon. Talk about muscle memory.

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