Weekly Newsletter May 27th 2015
This week's newsletter has interesting articles, advertising opportunities, the postponement of the Maitland River Run, date change for the Lara Fun Run (although the date is still TBC), and the addition of a 57km run to the Heysen 105.
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Do you fuel yourself adequately?
This excellent post at Ultra168 by Hanny Allston looks at the nutrition needed for long runs, and how it's not just your body that needs nutrition, but your brain as well: your brain needs glucose; glucose absorption needs sodium; and sweating causes a loss of sodium.
Dirty secrets: confessions of trail runners
A recent competition dared trail runners to bare their deepest, perhaps darkets, hopefully funniest secret from on trail. One of the winners was "I once had to run home sockless (about 10km) after nature called very urgently and there were no leaves in the vicinity of the hidey spit I found." Read the rest here at Trail Run Magazine.
From the Observer archive, 9 May 1954: a medical mind and a four-minute mile
Earlier this month was the 61st anniversary of Roger Bannister breaking the four minute mile. The Guardian's Running Blog reprinted an article from the Observer which was printed a few days after the great achievement. "'I didn't know it was so difficult.' This remark of Roger Bannister's after his fantastic run last Thursday was not made lightly. It reflected neither modesty nor pride. It was the comment of an engineer who had solved a problem of human engineering."
Are ultra marathons a trendy fad?
Geoff Roes writes a fairly thoughtful post titled "Evolve or Die", asking if ultras are a trendy fad that people are jumping on at the moment and that may fade into obscurity some time in the future. It's certainly an interesting question and the comments below the post are well worth a read to. Check it out here at iRunFar.
Could caffeine help you run better?
"It used to be a restricted substance for athletes, and is thought to cause dehydration. But research shows a shot of caffeine might help you nail that PB." Find out more at The Guardian's Running Blog.
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.
- Heritage Parc Maitland River Run has been postponed from May 31st to September 27th
- The next Lara Fun Run date has changed from October 25th TBC to November 1st TBC
- The Heysen 105 on October 24th has a 57km event this year in addition to the 105km race
Have a great running week!