Weekly Newsletter March 24th 2015

This week's newsletter has interesting articles, our Xterra Trail Half Marathon & Safe Lace competitions, and two date changes for events on the Australian running calendar.

== Interesting Articles ==

Marathon training: at what pace should you do your long runs?
One of the most common questions you hear from those training for marathons – particuarly those targeting a specific time – is how fast or slow should they take their long training runs. Coach David Chalfen gives his view at The Guardian's Running Blog. Read it here.

Running costs: what are the world's most expensive marathons?
Running in the big races can be a costly business. Enter the New York City marathon and you have to fork out a hefty sum. But how does its entry cost compare to other 26.2 mile races? And how does that break down per mile? This article at the Guardian's Running Blog takes a look.

Women are better runners than men
It's a headline that will rouse a few eyebrows, while also getting a few heads nodding in agreement (including those fellas who have recently been "chicked", as the run crowd dubs it). But perhaps it's something we all know deep down: women are better runners than men. Find out more.

Masterminding the marathon
A month after giving birth to our first child, Phil Latter's wife had a crazy idea: she wanted to set a personal best in the marathon. After doing lots of research, he worked out there's no right way to do it, but broke the training down into six variables: volume; the long run; marathon specific work; lactate threshold; intervals and repeats; and the taper. Find out more.

Patience and the ultramarathoner
Good things, like race finishes, PRs, and victories, come to those who wait. Ultramarathoners often overlook how crucial patience is to maintaining a consistent and healthy running routine and, ultimately, to race-day success. However, there are numerous examples of what happens when ego, wishful thinking, and adrenaline consume our running. Find out more.

== Competitions ==

Safe Lace Competition
Safe Lace is a revolutionary product suitable for all laced shoes and all ages, children and adults. We have one pair to give away; enter the competition by Monday April 6th and the winner will be drawn on Tuesday 7th. Enter competition.

XTERRA Trail Half Marathon & 5K Competition
Go in the draw to win a free entry to either the Xterra Trail Half Marathon or 5K Trail Run/Walk on Sunday April 19th in Callala Beach, NSW. The competition runs until Sunday night and the winner will be drawn on Monday. Enter competition.

== Recently added and updated events ==

Recent updates
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.

Date changes
- Wellness Walk in Sydney has changed from November 15th to October 11th
- The North Ryde Fun Run date has been confirmed as August 30th (the original provisional date was October 11th)

== Until next week ==

Have a great running week!


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