We’ve all heard the cliché about how running is ‘all in the mind’. At first glance this doesn’t appear true because we all know to our cost that the body is involved. At a deeper level though this does ring true for long distance runners. Mastering the mindset of distance running is critical in order to enjoy success, which I take to be achieving your potential. Athleticism and genetics can only get you so far. Until such time as you master the mindset you won’t achieve your potential. Continue reading “Mastering the Mindset – how the most important distance for a runner is between their ears”
As a long distance runner you get used to people thinking that you are weird. Your lifestyle and behaviour becomes baffling to those around you. You develop similar rhythms of life to that of a monastery: you go to bed early, rise early, punish your body, subject yourself to discipline, your nutrition is controlled, learn to embrace suffering, dream dreams, have inspirational visions, overcome adversity and transport yourself to another plane. So like many other runners I take the jibes in my stride. I do draw the line though, and that is when I hear the word ‘crisis’ being used. Continue reading “The Fake Crisis Affecting Middle Aged Endurance Runners”
Entering an ultra-marathon always seems like a great idea until the peak training arrives and you are starting your weekend long runs at 3:30am in the morning. Continue reading “Run When You Can, Walk When You Must – Comrades 2018 Race Report”
Runners often wonder what their coaches actually mean when they say certain things, and vice versa. Both have large repertoire of sayings that they use when they want to talk in code language. Often they say one thing and mean another. To clear up any confusion this article is a handy guide to help you interpret what coaches and runners really mean. Continue reading “Things coaches and runners say and what they really mean”
What if I told you that you could learn something about your running to take you from good to great – from the world of business? Jim Collins best selling book on leadership ‘Good To Great’ analysed the difference between ‘good’ companies and ‘great’ companies and what set them apart. It has some worthwhile transferrable concepts to apply to running. As a coach I observe plenty of evidence that ‘good’ can be the enemy of ‘great’. Runners are not able to fulfil their potential when they settle for ‘good’ over ‘great’. Perhaps Jim can help us make that shift. Continue reading “Making The Shift From Good To Great In Running”
We’re excited to announce the release of our new design club kit. Our new club partners are 2XU, only the best! As of this year we will have two options for club kit: our existing kit and the new kit. Both kit versions therefore can be worn in races and this will remain the case moving forward.
We recognise that many have only recently acquired our existing singlets. Most stocks have now become exhausted, although there are still some supplies left and they are available at 50% discount.
The new additions include:
- Race shirt
- New style singlet
- New style shorts
- Compression garments
- Tracksuit top & bottoms
- New cap
Official Club Kit Combination
We do ask that you will strongly consider wearing both official kit tops and bottoms in order to get the full effect for our club identity. We’ve added enough options to take into account people’s preferences between shorts and compression garments.
Our kit provider is 2XU, which makes the highest quality garments. They are priced at normal retail pricing. Striders has placed no mark ups on these garments at all, so you are getting them at cost price.
The order form is to determine how many items people are prepared to order. We will need to achieve the minimum numbers on any item in order to get a run done (20). If we can get 50 orders we can get a better price. The club will hold stock but only a limited supply of the basics (singlets, shirts, polo’s). Please us the link below to go to the order form. You will not be asked to pay now, but an order is to be regarded as a firm committment to follow through on the puchase when the final order is placed and payments are taken.
“In short, Strava is it right now—the only app that serious runners and cyclists need to bother with.” So says Mat Gross the author of the article ‘How Strava became the only fitness app that matters’*. Judging by the amount of my fellow run club members on Strava I would have to agree. But is it helping or hindering runners in their quest to realise their potential? Continue reading “Is Kudos Killing Runners?”
I guess it’s common for all runners to get to that point where, after half a dozen or so half marathons, you decide that you’d better at least try a marathon to see whether you’ve got what it takes to join that elite bunch of crazies. Then it comes down to which one should you choose? Continue reading “Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2017 – More than a marathon!”
On the weekend with a few other Striders I experienced the Pinnacles Classic Trail Race. With its main selling point (or deterrent) being 18 hills in 18kms I knew I was in for a tough baptism. The event was originally scheduled for the 2nd April however due to damage done to the area by cyclone Debbie it was postponed to the 30th. Continue reading “Pinnacles Classic Trail Run 2017 – Michael’s Baptism Of Fire”
After looking at the possibility for a few years Striders is making the jump to join up with Queensland Athletics. This brings a range of benefits for club members: Continue reading “Striders Joins Queensland Athletics – changes to club membership”