This week's newsletter has interesting articles and a number of event updates (postponements, cancellations and late additions).
Just a quick reminder that the second prize draw for our premium members is on March 1st and is for a Mix It Up 12 energy bar pack from At One Foods. At One real food energy bars are designed to keep you strong and healthy day to day, so you can optimise your training and perform your best; their bars are a wholefood, vegan and gluten-free energy source and a tasty alternative to regular heavily processed energy bars. Find out more about membership here.
Train to run faster as you age
Fast racers in their late 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond are likely losing a bit of their peak strength and maximal aerobic capacity but they use the changes to their advantage. There are some general rules of the aging game, guided by baseline physiology. But you can game the rules to get faster as you go. Coach David Roche has some training tips in this article at Trail Runner Magazine with guidance for strength training, working on speed, cross training, and breaking down training between easy and hard.
Fighting off the Black Dog and PTSD with running
Pat Davies shares how running and keeping fit not only provide physical health benefits but also support mental wellbeing for himself and others. Pat has co-created a running group, The Hibiscus Coast Running Club, which provides a platform for many to enjoy safe running, no matter what your age or ability. Read the article here at TotalSport.
4 proprioception exercises to improve balance and strength
Proprioception is the sense of knowing where your body is in space and is important for the walker/runner as the body moves through the gait cycle, and more so when the ground underfoot is uneven or gives way. Find out more about proprioception in this blog post at the Wellington Marathon Clinic blog and then check out the excercises here.
4 ways swimming has helped my running
Ted Spiker shares four ways that swimming laps at a pool has helped with his running in this article at Runners World: reminders about the importance of form; mental stamina; hunger management; and a much-needed push.
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.
- Colour Burst in Queenstown scheduled for 14 April has been postponed to a date to be determined, in late 2018.
- Tonight's Bay Run in Tauranga and Waterfront 5K in Wellington have been cancelled due to Cyclone Gita
- Waitati School Eco Trail Run scheduled for 25 February (this Sunday) has been cancelled due to lack of registrations
Late additions / Returning Series
- Feilding Fives Fun Run/Walk Series on Thursdays from 1 to 29 March
- Queenstown Summer Rogaine Series - Event 3 on Thursday
- Tower Run Matamata on 2 March
- Te Anau Enduro on 10 March
- The Beach Series at Takapuna & Orewa in Auckland have unfortauntely had a number of cancellations due to weather and unclean water this Summer; they have been adding extra dates to the end of the series to make up for the cancellations which I've now updated
That's all for this week; have a great running week!