Weekly Newsletter September 9th 2015

This week's newsletter has interesting articles, a new competition for the Yass Valley Running Festival, the winners from our three recent competitions, several event date changes/corrections, and the late addition of the Crater 2 Coast in Victoria this coming Sunday.

== Interesting Articles ==

4 common race mistakes to avoid
Caitlin Carlson at Runners Word has 4 common race mistakes and how to fix them: going out too fast; getting a side stitch; taking in fuel and feeling sick or not taking in fuel and bonking; and being so nervous you ran poorly. Check out the article here for the fixes.

Improve your uphill running today
David Roche offers three tips for getting faster and more efficient at running up hills: lean in; relax; and hike with a purpose. Read the full article here, and be sure to read the comments on that page too as they offer other insights.

When I posted the article on Facebook, someone offered this advice too: if you are hiking hills, make sure to start running again before the crest, so that you are already moving once you are into running ground again. I find I do this myself automatically, and it really helps.

Race prep like the pros
Sarah Lavender Smith covers how to prepare for your race in the month, week and day before your big race in this article at Trail Runner Magazine.

The first page in the article covers the month before (focus on nutrition; plan your gear; map it out; plan logisitcs; get enough sleep; and minimise stress) and the second page on the week before (trust the taper; stay off social media; visualise the race; find a mantra; do something else; and finish packing) and the day before (take it easy; lay everything out; double-check the details; review the course; and eat simple).

== Competitions ==

We had three competitions finish on Sunday with the winners drawn on Monday, and we have one new competition for the Yass Valley Running Festival which just started today and finishes on Thursday next week, so be sure to get your entries in quick!

Yass Valley Running Festival - NEW COMPETITION!
Go in the draw for your chance to win a free entry to the Yass Valley Running Festival on September 26th 2015. There are 21km half marathon, 14km, 5km and 2.5km fun runs at this event in Yass, 45 minutes drive from Canberra, and just under 3 hours from Sydney. Enter competition.

Great Alpine Road Marathon & Half Marathon Competition Winner
The winner of the free entry to the Great Alpine Road Marathon or Half Marathon in Victoria on December 6th was Karen Mickle from Melbourne.

Run with the Wind Competition Winner
The winner of the free entry to Run with the Wind in Bungendore, NSW on October 11th was Tamzen Armer from Canberra.

Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run Competition Winners
The winners of the free entries to the Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run in Nathan, Queensland on October 11th were Rebecca Manski & Nic Droste, both from Brisbane.

== 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 / corrections
- Illumi Run in Perth has changed from October 3rd to 10th
- The Color Run in Sunshine Coast has changed from October 10th to January 16th
- The Cairns Road Runners Canine Challenge was supposed to last weekend, but has been postponed to October 25th
- The next Color Run in Brisbane is a night run and has been moved to one night earlier, Friday December 4th
- Buffalo Stampede Ultra SkyMarathon in Victoria has changed from April 1st - 3rd to 8th - 10th 2016

Late additions
- Crater 2 Coast from Koroit to Warrnambool, Victoria on September 13th (this Sunday)

== Until next week ==

Have a great running week!


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