This week's newsletter has information about our upcoming prize draw, interesting articles, and the late addition of the Glenham Trainwreck Trail.
We have a prize draw which is open to premium members only, which will be drawn on February 1st. All premium members are automatically entered into the prize draw. The prize draw is for:
- a $100 sporting goods voucher
- free entry into any event distance for ONE of the following events:
- Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon on May 12th
- Runaway Noosa Marathon on May 26th
- Runaway Barossa Marathon on October 20th
Many thanks to IRONMAN® Oceania for providing entry to these events, which are part of the Runaway Series.
Find out more about premium membership here and why we need your support here. Becoming a premium member enters you into this prize draw, opens up some additional features on the website, and we are currently working on some discounts for premium members as a thank you for signing up.
Jake Robertson wins Houston half marathon in a personal best time
Kiwi Jake Robertson wasn't sure he would be running the Houston half marathon until a week ago, yet he wound up winning the star-studded event in an equal career best time of 60 minutes and 1 second! Find out more here at Stuff.
Different race lengths for men and women? It's time things changed!
Although this is a UK commentary piece at The Guardian, a lot of athletics and cross country events across New Zealand and Australia still have different race distances for men and women. It is extraordinary that we are still having a "debate surrounding gender equality", so here are some of the arguments given by "traditionalists" for maintaining the status quo - and their rebuttals.
Getting back to running after a long break
If it's been a while since you've been running and you are struggling to get back into it, Duncan Larkin has some tips to help in this article at Motiv Running, which include: gradually easing back into it; go easy on yourself and don't compare yourself to the runner you were before; and run with others.
5 different types of hill work you should be doing now
Former Olympic Marathon Gold Medallist Frank Shorter is known for saying, "Hills are speed work in disguise." His quote is true whether you’re going up the hill or down it. You just need to make sure you don’t avoid doing it! Hills are massively beneficial for athletes and this article at Training Peaks talks about the benefits and types of hill work you can do.
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.
- Glenham Trainwreck Trail in Southland on Saturday
That's all for this week; have a great running week!