This week's newsletter has interesting articles, discounts for premium members, and several postponements and date changes on the running calendar.
An ice marathon across a frozen Russian Lake
The Baikal Ice Marathon is run across a frozen lake in Russia every March; it attracts a small group for its exotic, ethereal beauty and the unpredictable, grueling conditions. Find out more in this article at the New York Times.
6 of the best long distance runs in Australia
Not all of these are events, but they all look pretty spectacular! Mens Health has compiled a bucket list of 6 of the best long distance runs in Australia.
Plank variations for a stronger core
A strong core is key to an injury-free, endurance athlete's body; the "core" is all the muscles of the lower trunk and pelvis, not just your abdominal area and back but also your hips, glutes, adductors and abductors too. Triathlete Allie Burdick shares 10 plank variations with photos in this article at Training Peaks.
5 running mistakes to avoid
The Gold Coast Marathon's blog looks at 5 running mistakes to avoid: not allowing enough time for the goal to be achieved; ignoring strength training; doing slow runs too fast; ignoring bone health; and over emphasis on stretching & foam rolling. Check out all the details in the blog post here.
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); The Compass Club Northern Edition; Convicts & Wenches Trail Run; NGC Dash; Gold Coast 100 Run Festival; Brisbane Trail Ultra; 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.
- Coogee Climb For The Royal has been postponed from 13 April to 23 November
- The Balfour Burn has changed from the provisional/TBC date of 1 November to 20 March
- The Wild Goose Chase Running Festival has moved back a week to 28 to 30 June
- Beach to Bush Ride for our Farmers has moved from 26-27 April to 27-28 September
- Pink Island Triathlon on Magnetic Island this Sunday
Have a great running week!