This week's newsletter has interesting articles, information about our monthly prize draw and discounts for premium members, a date switch-a-roo for a couple of the Central Coast Cross Country races, cancellation of Saturday's Go the Extra Mile event (which they'll hopefully be able to reschedule) and late addition of the Wymah Family Fun Day & Fun Run.
The science of elite long distance running
Because marathons and other long distance running events are primarily about endurance, elite runners must possess excellent cardiorespiratory fitness and efficient technique. Other factors set elite runners apart from the rest of us - including training volume, body size, tendon function and the length and frequency of strides. Find out more in this article at The Conversation.
7 things about stair climbing that may surprise you
Stadium Stomp has a list of 7 things about stair climbing that may surprise you in this article on their blog. These include stair climing being the ultimate calorie burner and activating your leg muscles. Also be sure to check out our calendar or stair climbing events in Australia.
7 things to know before your first mud run
Now it's mud running with a list of 7 things! Map My Run's blog has posted some advice for newbie mud runners here. Tips include: watching others tackle the obstacles first; choose your clothing wisely; and skip obstacles when needed. And be sure to check out our mud & obstacle race calendar to find an event near you.
Fartlek workout 101
It's everyone's favourite running workout name - "fartlek" - which means "speed play" in Swedish. Fartlek runs challenge the body to adapt to various speeds, conditioning you to become faster over longer distances. Most run workouts typically target one or two paces, and a basic long run is done at a single, steady pace. Find out more in this article at Training Peaks.
Premium members are automatically entered into a monthly prize draw. There are two prizes in the May prize draw: a My Fit Box for one of our New Zealand premium members; and a Running Fit Box for one of our Australian members.
Premium members also get access to discounts for a range of events in Australia & New Zealand, including 10% off Wildhorse at Night and 15% off the Gold Coast 100 Run Festival. Enter enough discounted events and your membership pays for itself, as well as opening up a range of useful functions on the website. Check out the full list of discounts available here.
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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.
- Central Coast Cross Country races at the Fish Co-op (now 14 July) and Ourimbah University (now 21 July) have switched weeks
- Saturday's Go the Extra Mile was cancelled due to extreme weather; the organisers are currently looking into the possibility of a rescheduled event
- Wymah Family Fun Day & Fun Run on 29 April
Have a great running week!