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Why you should try a new event this year: advice from coach Paddy Birch

Get out of your comfort zone and expand your athletic range in 2023

We’re kicking off 2023 by revisiting one of our favourite episodes with coach and marathoner Paddy Birch. Paddy is an Irish ex-pat who didn’t start running until he moved to Toronto a decade ago. But in that time he transformed himself from a mid-pack recreational runner into an elite marathoner. He also coaches with the Toronto-based team Pace and Mind.

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During the pandemic, Paddy decided to mix things up and test himself over some shorter distances. As we start a new year, his experiences and words of advice seem particularly apt. In this episode Paddy dives into the physical, psychological and emotional benefits of exploring new events.