This week's newsletter has interesting articles, discounts for premium members, a number of event updates on the running calendar, and some info about Photos4sale.
Meb Keflezighi: marathon success is not about talent or luck
Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi doesn't rely on talent or luck, but trusts his training, saying that if someone asked him to run a half marathon at five-minute pace right now, he would struggle. But a month or two from now? Bring it on. Find out more in this article at Competitor Running.
Why you should never date a trail runner
This article at Canadian Trail Runner pokes fun at trail runners and why you should never date one. Reasons include that every trip away is a runcation, dressing up means wearing a clean running outfit, and they'll ask you to crew for them!
Why you're getting tight hip flexors and how to loosen them
Improving stride hinges on your hips. That’s because hip flexors - the muscles that allow flexion at the hip joint - play a huge role in fluid running, so a set of tight flexors can really mess with your mechanics. This article at Runners World has exercises to strengthen your hip flexors.
Visualisation for ultra marathons
Dan at Ultra168 looks at the mental side of training and the art of visualisation in this blog post, using the upcoming Six Foot Track Marathon as an example of how to break down a race into "chunks".
Premium members get access to discounts for a range of events in Australia & New Zealand. Enter enough discounted events and your membership pays for itself, as well as opening up a range of useful functions on the website!
We currently have discounts for all upcoming Spartan Races that have entries open (excluding the kids events); Convicts & Wenches Trail Run; Gold Coast 100 Run Festival; and Ultra Trail Gold Coast, as well as events in New Zealand.
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.
- ObstaSplash Victoria scheduled for 23/24 February at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne has been postponed and relocated to Werribee.
- Mile to Marathon in St Andrews, Victoria scheduled for 1 June has been postponed to a future date to be determined
- Smithfield Poker Run has changed from 3 to 10 March
- VRR Westerfolds Park Fun Run has changed from 21 to 14 April
- Shelley Loop in Perth has changed from 19 to 26 May
- River to Rooftop has changed from 26 July to 2 August
- Mackay Airport Twilight City Run on 1 March
As well as taking amazing photography, having your photos online within a few hours of the event and tagged so you can search by your bib number, Photos4sale operate a "Pay What You Want" trust based pricing model and you really can pay what you want!
Last weekend Photos4sale were at the Oscars 100 Hut2Hut as shown above, and you can find your photos here.
Event directors, if you are looking for quality photos of your participants, then you should get in touch with Photos4sale - there's no cost to you for having them at your event when using the PWYW model.
Have a great running week!