Weekly Newsletter 24 October 2017

This week's newsletter has interesting articles, some information about upcoming features on the website, a date change for the Rotary Fun Run at Seventeen Mile Rocks, postponement of the Dingo Duo & Lamington Classic, and late additions of ECU's Run For It and 13th Beach Trail Run.

website updates

I had to put off further development to the website for a few weeks due for a few reasons, but I'm now full steam back into it. A few weeks back, I released a login system so you can flag which events you are interested in going to and follow pages to be notified of updates. Later this week you'll be able to share the list of events. Some of the upcoming features include: saved searches; and being notified when new events are added that match your saved search.

Find out more info about what I have planned here, and please be aware that your login logs you into both the New Zealand & Australian websites, so anything you flag on one site will also appear in your list on the other site to make it easy and save you time.

Interesting articles

Man overcomes paralysis to run half-marathon with his surgeon and the driver who hit him
Dean Otto of Charlotte, North Carolina, was riding his bike one humid morning in September 2016 when the unimaginable occurred: he was struck by a truck and told there was a 1 to 2 percent chance he'd ever walk again. A year later, he ran the Napa Half Marathon with his surgeon and the truck driver who hit him. Read this remarkable story here at ABC News.

Understanding glycogen, your body’s high-performance fuel
Glycogen acts as a fuel source for exercise and will deplete when doing long distance running. This article at Trail Runner Magazine by coach David Roach gives a good understanding of what it is, why it's important for endurance athletes, and how to refuel as it depletes. Some interesting comments at the end of the article too.

10 things no one tells you before you do an obstacle course race
Obstacle course races are becoming increasingly popular but they are quite a bit different from your regular 5K, 10K or half marathon. Rob Foulkes offers 10 insider's tips for the beginner on how to negotiate the day in this article at the UK Telegraph.

4 speed workouts for runners of all abilities
If you want to become faster and improve your race times, no matter if you're running a 5K or a marathon, you have to run faster in training. Speed workouts are challenging in different ways than long runs and can provide a big boost in fitness when it’s part of a well-developed training program. Find out more about fartleks, temp intervals, progressive runs, and mile repeats in this article at Motiv Running.

Recently added and updated events

Recent updates
To find out what's been recently updated, check the recent updates page regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates (see below) such as date changes, cancellations, or late additions to the calendar. And check out the full calendar of upcoming events.

Date changes
- Rotary Fun Run at Seventeen Mile Rocks has changed from 20 to 27 May

- Dingo Duo has been rescheduled from 21/22 October to 4/5 November
- Lamington Classic has been postponed from 28/29 October to 16/17 December due to the track being unsafe

Late additions
- ECU's Run for It this Saturday
- 13th Beach Trail Run on 3 November

Until next week

That's all for this week, so have a great running week!