Weekly Newsletter June 11th 2014
This week's newsletter on June 11th 2014 has interesting articles, competition winners, two date changes and one event cancellation.
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A Newbie's guide to ultramarathons
Ian Torrence wrote up a newbie's guide to ultras at iRunFar; he's certainly experienced to comment, having run almost 200 ultras! He starts: "The transformation from first timer to experienced ultrarunner is an evolution that can't be rushed. After my first ultra 20 years ago, I couldn't climb or descend stairs without holding onto walls or people for support." Read more.
Shin splints and how to treat them
If you suffer from shin splints, the pain you're experiencing won't go away entirely if you focus solely on strengthening the shins. This used to be the go-to fix for treating this ailment. But, the updated approach to clearing up and preventing shin splints actually involves strengthening less obvious muscles. Read more.
Two year case study with an increase in arch height from minimalist shoes
Minimalist shoes vs cushioned shoes is a very hot topic at the moment, and what often tends to happen is studies don't run for long enough or fail to take certain factors into account. This article is certainly anecdotal (pointing this out itself), but it's over two years and shows the change in the runner's foot and heel alignment. Check it out here.
Do cushioned running shoes really reduce injuries?
And just to prove a point about studies sometimes not taking certain factors into account, this one comes to the conclusion that cushioned shoes do not reduce injuries. The article notes that the runners in this study generally ran twice a week, covering about 10km at a time. In the comments, someone notes that "Now do the test when running [long] distance, also factor in fatigue onset", pointing out some things that probably weren't taken into account.
Interesting to have a read of, and helps to highlight how you always have to be careful about what you read. It's also why I like articles which allow comments so much: often people ask questions and point things out that article writers haven't thought of. Read it here.
Run Tattoos competition winners
The winners of the Run Tattoos competition were Travis Edmondson from ACT, Sherry Green from Victoria and Erin Swain from NSW. Run tattoos are easy to apply & comfortable. No more paper wristbands. Check out www.runtattoos.com.au for more information.
To find out what's been recently updated, check the website homepage regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates such as date changes, cancellations or late additions to the calendar. Late additions are events which will take place in the next two to three weeks and have only just been added to the website.
- Raw Challenge in Tasmania has changed date and location, from November 1st to October 25th and to the Baskerville Raceway at Old Beach
- Fun Run Pink at Parramatta Park in Sydney has changed from March 15th to 22nd; there is also a sooner event on October 12th
- Zoo Run at Australia Zoo on October 19th is no longer going ahead; but the event at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is still going ahead as planned on November 23rd
Have a great running week!