Why is it that we labour under the delusion that having black, dead, or missing toenails is a badge of honour in running? If this was our teeth would we feel the same? I doubt it. I would suggest that kicking a tree root or rock with significant force should be the only reason to lose toenails. In more than a decade, the only toenail I have ever come close to loosing was after attempting to uproot Tane Mahuta (the god of the forest) with my toe. Want to avoid turning your feet into nail graveyards?
Waerenga School Newsletter
by Biahn Pallister
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved running. I like to run with my family and love Cross Country. In May this year I joined Papakura Harriers. The club has a coach called James. He is the best coach ever. Because he is a shamazing runner. I think he likes chocolate too! He gives me lots of information about running, like the the pace I should run in my races. At my first race in May, it was really nerve racking. But I felt like I could win it. It was really tricky because you had to jump off stuff and go up a really big steep hill. I tried my best , and ran my fastest and ended up winning my race! After that I went to Long Bay, where I had to race against girls and boys! I tried my best again and won the race. In the first weekend of the holidays we went all the way to Taupo where I ran in the “North Island Champs” I had to compete in the under 11’s age group. I came fifth. Last weekend I ran in the Auckland Championship. i tried my best again and now I am the under 9’s Auckland Champion, even if I don’t win all of my races, I’m still proud and happy to run.
Kiwi Trail Runner Article
The two most important metrics in regard to racing or training are A) Time, and B) Intensity. If you were to ask a runner this question you would usually get the answer time and distance but this is trail running, right? If we were to focus on time and distance in a week a 100 kilometres on trails around the Riverhead Forest in the mud is going to be very different from 100 kilometres around the mountains of the Southern Lakes of Wanaka and Queenstown, which again would be different from 100 kilometres on flat, manicured well drained soil. If we bear this in mind, time and distance tells us very little. We actually need to know about time and intensity and the same is true of racing.
A Running Update
Article by Leah Anstis
I’m not sure how many weeks it’s been since I last wrote you but woweee I’ve been up to all sorts! Sometime in May I resigned from my job and was fortunate enough to be put on leave for 5 glorious weeks. I knew it was going to be the perfect opportunity to think about all the chores I should be doing and then put them off for another day. But more important than endless days of procrastination... training. I could use this time off to make myself into a self-proclaimed full time athlete.
Article by Matt Rayment
Sometimes an aid station is just that, a table with some liquid on it, with a couple of hardy volunteers handing out said liquid and offering encouragement. Some aid stations are much grander affairs. These aid stations become almost as famous as the course itself, like Mt Luxmore in the Kepler, the rolling buffet that are the Tarawera 100 km aid stations or the literal Shangri-La of Kroger’s Canteen at Hard Rock. Don’t even get me started about the bedrunkening Marathon Du Medoc, with it’s 23 aid stations dispensing wine, steak, ice cream and oysters (Think you are tough completing a beer mile, homey? The French do it right).
Quality training is like good music. It has central themes and it has a certain rhythm to keep, but it also needs variation.
There are a number of reasons why runners do not to reach their goals, do not progress and ultimately fail. This occurs at all levels of ability. You can fail as a beginner trying to establish a good running routine. You can crash out as an elite athlete, pushing yourself to repeated injury or even retirement.
In my experience the most susceptible of all are those somewhere in the middle, with enough confused knowledge to be dangerous.
Here’s a list of only the most common ways in which things can go pear-shaped.
Inspired by those runs in the mud that conclude with the back of your shirt covered in a glorious display of splattered mud art, meet the Splatter Tee.
Not just your average tee shirt, this shirt is made with a lightweight, breathable, quick dry, 4 way stretch fabric.
We have designed a shaped women's tee in pink, and a men's (unisex) tee in white. Now is your chance to get some swag and feel like part of the team. Pre-order by Monday, June 18, for delivery late July.