This week's newsletter has interesting articles, discounts for premium members, cancellation of Run Beneath the Stars in Tauranga (Rotorua is still going ahead) and date changes for the Christchurch 10km Series Road Race & the next 4 Seasons River Run.
Marathon runners share their insider tips for running your first race
There's some great tips in this article at NBS News, which work for all races, not just marathoners. They include being honest about your fitness level and not going out too fast. I've been guilty of the latter one too many times...
Why a DNF is sometimes your best option
Training Peaks takes a look at why sometimes a DNF (Did Not Finish) can sometimes be your best option, even if it can hurt mentally when you decide to pull the pin.
So you dad a crappy race… now what?
And to follow up the above, David Roche has five tips to process the big opportunities you can take from bad races at Trail Runner Magazine. (And also, Dirt Church Radio, can you please interview David; all his articles are good and he seems like a really interesting person.)
From my own personal perspective, and in relation to the above two articles, I DNF'd THe Hillary in 2015. It just wasn't my day, for several reasons including it being really hot and a course change due to a burst pipeline, making the first section much harder on difficult trails I'd never run before.
Going up Karamatura Track I decided I was pulling out at Whatipu (20km) but persevered and got as far as Piha (45km) bang on the cut off time, so I made some sort of victory that day regardless. But I learned some valuable lessons along the way and it made me mentally a far stronger runner.
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!
The discounts we currently have available are for:
- Australian: Ultra Trail Gold Coast; Beach Warrior; Spartan Race Trifecta & Hurricane Heat in Victoria; Spartan Urban Sprint in Melbourne; and get a free t-shirt at the Summit Survivor!
- New Zealand: Christchurch 10km Night Series: Road; Santoft Forest and Beach Half Marathon; Kawerau King of the Mountain; Valley Ultra; Xterra Waihi; Kerikeri Half Marathon.
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.
- 4 Seasons River Run scheduled for 19 October has been postponed to 23 November
- The road race in the Christchurch 10km Series has moved back a week from 8 to 15 March
Have a great running week!