This week's newsletter has interesting articles, information about recent updates to functionality on the website, postponement of the Misty FN Tastic Mountain Bike Ride to this Sunday, and late addition of the Bibra Lake Fun Run, also on this Sunday.
New features added and coming up
A few weeks back I added a login function so you can follow pages for updates and mark which events you are interested in going to. You can now share your list of upcoming races with other people by going to your preferences, ticking the box in the privacy settings section and specifying a name to show on the publicly accessible page. You can then go to your list of events you're going to and use the share buttons on that page. Coming up later this week / early next week is the abiltity to save searches; and a couple of weeks later being emailed notifications when new events match your saved searches and more.
What does following an event page do?
A note about what happens when you follow a page for updates. When you are logged in, there's a "Pages Following" in the navigation. This will show you the pages you are following and the most recent update to that page. If you want to have updates emailed to you, go to your preferences, make sure you have an email address specified, and tick the boxes next to the days you want to be emailed on. If no boxes are ticked, no emails! As an example, you tick Monday only. Early on Monday morning, you'll get an email which has all the pages you are following that were updated since the last email, which is the previous Monday in this example. Simple? I hope so!
"I trained for trained months, three times a week for three-quarters of an hour"
Times were a little different back then, as legendary sprinter Raelene Boyle recounts her lead up to the 1968 Olympic Games at The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Gala Dinner. Watch the video here on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to watch the video).
Enhance your recovery with these four yoga poses
There are many tools and techniques available to athletes that aid in recovery after long runs, but not many address both the mind and the body simultaneously. Yoga offers techniques that incorporate body postures, breathing exercises, and mental focus practices that can be used to enhance your recovery time and get you ready to attack the next training session. Find out more in this article at Training Peaks.
7 mistakes every runner makes when stretching
Stretching can be a controversial topic. Some runners swear by it, others begrudgingly partake, and another breed skips it altogether. The research on how useful it is shows mixed results, as well. What is clear: if you do choose to stretch, it’s important to do so smartly - and safely. This article at Runners World by physical therapists Doug Perkins & Anthony Carroll looks at seven things you shouldn't do when stretching.
How to poop before a race
You've trained for months, dialed in your nutrition, gotten plenty of sleep and eaten your tried-and-true race-day breakfast. You get to the starting line feeling great but then the dreaded feeling hits and you have to wait in a line of runners jumping up and down, praying you'll get into the portable toilet quickly. Out of all the race-day tips you'll ever read, perhaps none are more important than the six tips in this article at Active.com to help you poop before a race!
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.
- Misty FN Tastic Mountain Bike Ride which was scheduled for 22 October was postponed to 5 November (this Sunday)
- Bibra Lake Fun Run on 5 November (this Sunday)
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!