Weekly Newsletter December 17th 2015

This week's newsletter is the last for 2015 and has interesting articles, three date changes to the running calendar, and a website where you can buy your running gear from.

Wildfire Sports
Wildfire Sports is Australia's premier retailer of sporting equipment for outdoor and multisport athletes. They stock a variety of premium and specialist brands of fitness electronics, footwear, clothing, gear and nutritional products. Go to Wildfire Sports to browse their products.

Note that this is an affiliate link; your order will cost the same as it normally does, but we get a small percentage of the sale amount, so you help support the running calendar by buying with that link.

== Interesting Articles ==

The incredible story of Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon
She snuck into the race from the sidelines, concealing her gender with an over-sized sweatshirt. Find out what happened in this article at the New York Times when she took the sweatshirt off. Note that Kathrine Switzer wasn't the first woman to run it, but she was the first to run with an official number. Women weren't officially allowed to run at Boston until 1972.

'Running in the parks with the runners in this country is the best thing in the world'
Paul Sinton-Hewitt is the founder of parkrun; he talks to The Guardian in this interview about skipping breakfasts, struggling on the long runs and why being reasonable is the best way to avoid injury.

The lamest excuses we make for skipping runs
We've all done it - rattled off a million and one reasons why we slept through that workout or stayed at the office too late to make our evening run group. Sometimes it's okay, and other times it's just plain laziness. Women's Running lists their top excuses for skipping a run and how to never do it again.

Longevity in ultra running
"A trend I see that concerns me with the growth of our sport is Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO). With the advent of social media combined with the ultras springing up every weekend, runners are scrambling to do it all and do it all now [...] It isn't sustainable or healthy. Injured runners who signed up for a year's worth of races only to be sidelined by overtraining errors waste dollars. Healthy runners race themselves into burnout and ignore other life priorities. Read more in this article by Meghan Arbogast at the Zero Limits blog.

4 ways to keep your runs up over the holiday season
With the right game plan, it is possible to get through the festive season with your fitness intact. Shannon Clark offers fours four ways that you can stay on top of your game in this article at Attendly.

== 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
- XTERRA Trail Half Marathon has changed from April 3rd to 24th
- Miss Muddy in Brisbane has changed from May 21st/22nd to September 24th/25th
- Darby River Half Marathon has changed from October 23rd to June 5th

== Until next week ==

That's all for this week and for this year! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Running New Year. The newsletter will return the week commencing January 11th, hopefully with some big news about updates to functionality on the website.


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