Weekly Newsletter March 16th 2016
This week's newsletter has interesting articles, postponements for The Great Western Sandstorm, Moondarra Dash or Dawdle and Southern Highlands Challenge, and the late addition of the Twilight Fun Run in Dandenong North.
A Mid-Pack Runner's Story - GNW 100 Miler
Simon Byrne, aka "Buna-The-Runner" is just your average run of the mill guy that works hard. After a couple of GNW attempts that saw him run low to mid 30+hours for the miler, he decided to "get a bit serious" and have a good old bash and being a little more competitive. Read the first part of his race report here at Ultra168.
Five reasons to run a 5K during your buildup for something longer
Jenny Hadfield writes "The 5K race is sometimes snubbed in the long-distance-running world, but it packs a powerful punch and can definitely help you improve your performance in the half marathon (or any race). It's all about how you use it within your season" in this article at Runners World: event practice; expand running gears; assess fitness; boost race confidence; and calm race day nerves.
What kind of runner are you?
Obstacle Racers Australia has a list of the different kind of runners, which include the Heavy Breather; the Hunchback; the Barefoot Runner; and the Foot Slapper. Check them all out here.
Marathon running technique
When running a marathon you will, on average, take about 42,000 steps. That is a lot of performing the same action over and over. And if that action is inefficient that is a lot of wasted energy. A Runner's Guide offers some tips to improve efficiency, and these obviously work for any distance: stand tall; up the cadence; and pump the arms. Read the full article here.
Eddie Izzard, marathon man: 'If I can run 26 miles every day, anyone can'
Eddit Izzard writes: "My only advice if you want to run a marathon is: listen to your body. We're animals, but we've stopped listening to ourselves, so if something is aching stop pushing against the muscle; if you want to keep going, then walk it out or change the way you're running. But listen to the signals." Read the article here at The Guardian, which looks at his Sport Relief project where he is running 27 marathons in 27 days.
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. And don't forget to check the calendar page for a complete list of upcoming events.
- The Great Western Sand Storm at Swanbourne Beach, WA scheduled for April 2nd is not going ahead; it should return in 2017
- Moondarra Dash or Dawdle in Mount Isa, Queensland was rescheduled from March 13th to April 10th
- Southern Highlands Challenge in Wingello, NSW scheduled for August 28th has been postponed until next year
- Twilight Fun Run in Dandenong North, Victoria on March 19th (this Saturday)
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!