Welcome to the first regular newsletter for 2018! This week's we have interesting articles and several event updates. Keep checking the website frequently for updates (there will be a lot over the next couple of weeks) and upgrade to premium membership so you can have your saved searches email you when new events have been added that match your search criteria - a great timesaver!
The 7 habits of highly effective marathoners
You've probably set some goals for this year, and for many of us that will a marathon. This article at Runners World looks at some 7 habits to help you: find your purpose; aim for the sweet spot; warm up body and mind; choose less; practise calm conversations; follow stress with rest; and reframe race day nerves.
In offense of "Outdoors, Incorporated"
This article at iRunFar will get you thinking about the commercialisation of sport and even nature itself. An interesting quote from the article: "Everything can and will be commercialized, and it is nearly impossible to reverse the cycle". Have a read, have a think, and be sure to read the comments under the article.
6 simple ways to keep improving as a runner
Motiv Running has some tips to implement into your weekly routine in this article: run with purpose; run more; run faster - and slow down!; do something different; and switch up your surfaces.
How to run down steep downhills
Coach David Roche offers three form tips to conquer steep and technical terrain in this article at Trail Runner Magazine: take short strides; practise appropriate posture; and relax and let it flow. As a reasonably good downhill runner myself, these are good tips. I'll add another one I read in some other article I can't locate now: run like Phoebe from Friends. If you've seen the episode, you know the one I mean!
The definitive guide to banishing IT band pain for good
IT band syndrome is a sharp outer-knee pain that afflicts everyone from once-a-year charity 5K runners to world-class marathoners. This article at Outside Online looks at what it is; what causes it; how to know if you have it; how to cure it; and how to prevent it.
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 & corrections
- Sydney Summer Twilight Series at Richmond switched dates with the Centennial Park event, and is now on 12 January (orignally 28 December)
- Five Peaks Ultramarathon & SA Trail Running Festival has changed from 15 to 14 April
- Masters Athletics WA Claypit Circuit: corrected date from 14 September to 14 October
- Surf Coast Hell Run has changed from 29 to 1 September
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!