This week's newsletter has interesting articles, and late additions of The Bald Possum, Bandaged Bear Boost and race two of the Freshie Handicap.
Not much (mandatory) gear and not much idea
Dan at Ultra168 has a bit of a rant in this post about mandatory gear at trail run events; it's all good stuff and I agree 100% with the post. I personally take almost everything that would be mandatory in a race when I go for a trail run myself, because you never know what can go wrong.
On Saturday I was running with a friend in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges and he had a fall. My first thought when I saw him lying on the trail was "how far is it to the end of the trail?" meaning how long would it take to walk him out, and I was also thankful I had gear I'd be able to keep him warm with and apply first aid if necessary. Fortunately it was just a dislocated finger, but if he'd fallen differently or somewhere else it could have been a lot worse. So don't ever complain about mandatory gear (there are good reasons for it), and take stuff with you when you train!
5 tips for technical trail running and racing
Trail running can cover a broad spectrum of surfaces depending on where you live, and when you hear the term "technical" used to define your race, be prepared for some rough terrain. Ultramarathoner and coach Jake Lawrence shares some tips for technical trail running in this post at Training Peaks.
Don't forget your gluteus medius
The exercises you may rely on to work your glutes target the big, meaty part of your buttocks known as gluteus maximus. But this neglects the gluteus medius, the smaller muscle that runs along the side of your rear and keeps your pelvis steady when you run. This article at Runners World has an activation-and-strength routine from Erika Mundinger, a Minneapolis physical therapist.
4 tips for busy runners training for an ultramarathon
Runners who are trying to fit training in to a busy schedule should not let "perfect" training be the enemy of "good" training. Lots of "good" consistency over time can make for a close-to-perfect runner. Check out this article by coach David Roche at Trail Runner magazine for the tips.
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.
- The Bald Possum in Atherton, Queensland this Saturday
- Bandaged Bear Boost / 2017 NSW Sprint Orienteering Champs this Sunday
- Freshie Handicap Race Two on 25 November (race one was last Saturday)
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!