Yesterdays posting looked at how to line up your events and races up for the coming year, andhow and why we need "A","B" and "C" events to ensure we are at best on the big day.

Today I would like to look at running and 2009.

Since my arrival in Vancouver 4 years, I have been fortunate to work for a company whose primary reason for existing is to challenge each and every one of their customers to direct their training efforts toward some event, race or active destination. And believe me when I say it is a highly effective approach to training and remaining fit and healthy.

This concept is a very unique one, and uses what we call destinations (anything that requires a planned and progressive approach to training, to ensure success), or in Innovative Fitness's words: Challenge, Adversity, Victory.

As a company, they assist hundreds of individuals train for, and reach the goals and destinations they have set for themselves.

Running is a popular category and has seen trips to many exotic and exciting destinations in a bid to keep healthy, fit and find a little time to get some traveling in.

It is Destination Fitness at its best.

The key is that it is not really about the race, but about the journey to get to the starting line.

Working closely with Team Average Jo and MyPypeline, the world has become a little bit smaller for many an entrepid runner.

What I am trying to say is, look beyond your usual Half Marathon or Marathon. There are so many amazing places on our planet, with so much to offer us as Runners.

Here are a few that Team Average Jo has been too in the last 2 years:
You too are more than welcome to join Team Average Jo on a destination, or set up a Destination of your own using Team Average Jo.

James Greenwood is a competitive tri and multisport athlete currently training for Ironman Canada 2009. A level 1 Triathlon Coach, he holds a post graduate degree in Exercise Science, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. James is also currently the resident health and fitness programs expert at, and has starred in a number of multisport specific fitness videos.
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