Weekly Newsletter September 23rd 2015
This week's newsletter has interesting articles, our winner for the Yass Valley Running Festival competition, and three event cancellations.
Video of the week
Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors - two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason. Check out the video here at YouTube.
Running apps: can Strava hinder your performance?
Team Inov-8 runner Brendan Davies looks at how online apps for tracking for running can possibly hinder your performance: "Motivationally speaking it's fantastic, but like everything in life, one can have too much of a good thing. There are numerous pitfalls; and as a coach I can see how the allure of the virtual 'pat on the back' can take away from the essence of training. Read more here.
What it takes to be a triathlete
Gabriel Paolo Ricafrente interviews triathletes Marlon Castillo and Rosel Badidles at Attendly to look at the transition from runner to triathlete, asking questions like "Is the transition from pure running or cycling to a multi-sport discipline hard?", what sort of gear is needed and "What advice can you give a beginner with minimal experience?" Read the interview here.
Ultramarathoner saves a drowning child during a race
Dennis Potton was half way through a 60 mile ultramarathon, when he rescued a child from drowning and then went on to finish his race! Find out more here at The Northern Echo.
Workouts to help you avoid going out too fast in races
If you struggle with pacing your races you might find it comforting to know that pacing is one of the most challenging aspects of racing. You're not alone in your struggle. The great news is that there are many workouts that focus on improving your pacing skills, and with practice, you'll soon be finishing strong. Check out Jenny Hadfield's three workout tips in this article at Runners World.
Yass Valley Running Festival Winner
The winner of the free entry to the Yass Valley Running Festival on September 26th 2015 is Justine Williams from Geurie, NSW. There's still time to enter the event itself, which is on Saturday. Enter online here.
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.
- Henley Classic in Adelaide on November 15th has been cancelled due to construction work
- Mud Run in Sydney on December 5th has been cancelled
- Great Alpine Road Marathon & Half Marathon in Victoria on December 6th has been cancelled (but note the date for next year has been set as November 19th 2016)
Have a great running week!