This week's newsletter has interesting articles, date changes/corrections for the Canberra Times Fun Run, RunningWorks Ultra Marathon & Operation XLR8 in December, and cancellation of the Brooms Head 3Bs Fun Run.
When your first marathon doesn’t quite go to plan
Great Britain mountain running representative & steeplechaser Laura Riches reflects on her unforgiving marathon debut in Manchester and the important lessons learnt. The lessons learned are fairly common for first timers, so check them out here at Fast Running if you're looking to run your first one.
Get faster all the time by running fast sometimes?
Coach David Roche writes about speed endurance training in this article at Trail Runner Magazine, saying it is one of the most important concepts you might not think about much. After looking at what speed endurance training is and what the studies say, he provides an example training schedule.
8 benefits of cross training
Runners can also use cross-training to rehabilitate injuries, improve fitness, promote recovery, enhance motivation, rejuvenate the mind and body during breaks from formal training, enjoy competing in other endurance sports, and even stay fit through pregnancy. Related to the benefit of injury prevention, cross-training can also prolong your running career. Find out more in this article at Runners World.
Endurance guru Joe Friel says you can still be fast after 50
Athletes might think that 50 isn’t exactly associated with peak performance. But it's still a damn good age to be an athlete, says Joe Friel, one of the world’s foremost experts on endurance sports. You can, in fact, be fast after 50. Outside Online spoke with him here about his new book and how older athletes should train.
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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.
- The Canberra Times Fun Run is on 23 September, not 2 September as originally listed
- RunningWorks Ultra Marathon has changed from 27 to 28 October
- Operation XLR8 in December is on 9 December (not 2 December as originally listed)
- Brooms Head 3Bs Fun Run scheduled for 24 June has been cancelled
Have a great running week!