Weekly Newsletter September 2nd 2014
This week's newsletter has interesting articles, our new competition, one postponement, three cancellations, one date change and one late addition to the running calendar.
Yuki makes it an Australian treble
More than 45,000 turned up to celebrate City to Surf's 40th anniversary in Perth and while the 12km event provided the colour and tradition, Japanese running sensation Yuki Kawauchi stole the show in the marathon event held in conjunction with the fun run. Read more.
Heel Strike - all you need to know
There is a lot of discussion in the media and running circles about running technique, and specifically heel strike vs forefoot and the pros and cons of each. Unfortunately almost all the discussions have over simplified the topic and miss a few key points. Read more.
How to prepare for racing overseas
Once you've signed up and paid your money, how do you go about making sure you give yourself the best possible shot of doing well on a course you've never seen or are unfamiliar with? Ultra168 takes a look in this article: training to replicate race day; getting to know and understand the terrain; dealing with different climates; and race rules and interpretations. Read the article here.
10 reasons to run a 50K instead of a marathon
Crista Scott looks at reason to run a 50K, starting with "it's only a couple more miles" than a marathon. Other reasons include aid stations being better, the community is generally more supportive, and there is room for growth i.e. once you start running ultras, you can always go further. Check out the list here.
The seduction of addiction: a runner's confession
And while we're on the subject of going further (and further), James McWilliams writes about his experience finding himself concerned about what increasingly looks like an addiction. "That fact that I now need more and more miles to experience the benefits of physical exercise comes uncomfortably close to the chronic substance abuser who needs more and more hits to get high, or the alcoholic who needs more and more drinks to feel sedation." Read more.
Osprey 25L Day Pack / Dinner Plain Mountain Running Festival Competition
We have an Osprey 25L Day Pack to give away, thanks to Paul Ashton of Running Wild in Victoria, and the Dinner Plain Mountain Running Festival. In Paul's words, the Great Alpine Road Half Marathon at the festival "has the potential to be the most spectacular mountain road half marathons in the country." Find out more and enter the competition here.
Note that you need to collect the prize from the Running Festival in person.
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.
- Canine Challenge in Cairns was postponed from last Saturday to this Saturday
- Pyrenees Wine Run in Avoca, Victoria on October 5th has been cancelled
- Urban Obstacle Challenge in Sydney on October 18th has been cancelled
- TrailACT on November 9th has been cancelled; the September 21st event is still going ahead
- Davies-Creek-Bush-O orienteering event on September 14th
- Trailblazer at You Yangs Regional Park has changed from 26 Apr 2015 TBC to 31 May 2015 TBC
Have a great running week!