Weekly Newsletter May 18th 2016
This week's newsletter has interesting articles, a date change for the Greater Casino Fun Run, several late additions, and confirmed distances for the You Yangs Trail Running Festival and Keira Challenge.
UTA100: 13 lessons from a mid-pack perspective
Ultra Trail Australia (formerly known as The North Face 100) was on last weekend, and Nicki Letts posted up 13 lessons from a regular runner's perspective in this article at Trail Runner Magazine. I've done a few scenic ultra distance events myself and these are all good lessons.
Beth Cardelli's UTA race report
From a mid-packer to the winner of the women's race... Beth Cardelli wrote up a comprehensive race report on her blog here. She starts: "For me, Ultra Trail Australia 100km ... is an event that inspires and motivates me. When I first heard about the inaugural event back in 2008 my initial thought was that I have to give it a go." She's now won it four times!
Protecting your privacy if you use a route mapping app
There are plenty of smartphone apps that can help map your movements as you ride, run or walk. Many of these apps encourage you to share your route publicly on websites or with friends on social media. What many people don't realise is that by using such apps, you could be giving away information that could be abused by others. Find out more in this article at The Conversation.
5 reasons to run a 5K during your build up for something longer
Coach Jenny Hadfield offers 5 reasons a 5K is good as part of a build up for longer races, saying that you shouldn't underestimate the power of these short but mighty races in this article at Runners World. The first time I ever ran a 5K myself was a parkrun and I found I love the distance. If you normally run futher, it's great way to have a fast run and nothing can really go too wrong.
Why we run #31: because I still can
The Good Man Sports Project has a series of articles titled "Why We Run", and the latest is by David Shaw, a clinical social worker with Parkinson's. Stand out quotes from the article are "I had never run so poorly and had never been cheered so frequently" and the conclusion: "I used to think that running when you weren't late was pointless. Now that it is getting late, I believe that running is the point and there is nowhere that you need to go. To enjoy life is to enjoy its flow." Read the article 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. And don't forget to check the calendar page for a complete list of upcoming events.
Date changes & correction
- Greater Casino Fun Run has been re-scheduled from June 26th to September 11th
- ABS Fun Run and Walk in Canberra on May 19th (tomorrow)
- Orienteering - My Game series (for kids), with the next event on May 20th (this Friday)
- PCYC Gladstone Rainbow Run in Mt Larcom on May 21st (this Saturday)
- ADHOC Mt Melville Orienteering in Albany, WA on May 29th
- Entries opened for the You Yangs Trail Running Festival and the distances were confirmed as 100 miles, 100km, 50km, 30km, 15km & 5km (event dates July 16th & 17th)
- Keira Challenge has added a 10km run to the 5km on September 25th
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!