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Best Running Tips Newsletter, Issue #001 --
Runner's Curse and Pilates
March 15, 2006
Welcome to the very 1st edition of the Best
Running Tips Newsletter !
It's been kind of busy lately.
My family and me moved to Australia a couple of
weeks ago. Lots to do like buying a car, buying a house, applying for
jobs, getting insurance organized et cetera.
It's crazy to be in a new country.
And you realize it when you are in the supermarket looking for your
Which they don't have.
And when you go out for a run.
Where to ?
How far ?
In Holland, I had my own carefully designed set of running routes. For
5K, 8K, 10K, 15K and everything over and in between, you name it.
For each distance I had my own clever way of going in a circle around
my town always exactly ending back where I began, my home. Will be a
while before I get that organized again.
But one big plus for my new environment (Melbourne) compared to Holland
: they have hills here !
RUNNING TIP OF THE MONTH: Pilates
My wife Liz likes her aerobics classes. She especially likes Pilates. I
did not get it. No sweating, no heavy breathing, no fun !
After only one month of doing Pilates she started feeling muscles in
places where she did not even know she had them. The extra toning she
achieved in a short time was amazing.
There are many runners who say that cross-training is not beneficial to
Your legs are not the only part of your body which can do with a bit of
training ! Core conditioning, upper body training, whichever
name you give it: it will make you leaner, stronger, better
toned and faster.
So, I am converted now. I have started doing Pilates as well. I don't
like aerobics classes. I prefer to do it in the comfort of my own home.
To get me started I found this great e-book about Pilates called:
The Pilates Power System.
It is written by Shannon Beaty, a professional Pilates
She takes you through all aspects of Pilates in three steps:
The Beginner's Program
The Core Program
The Advanced Program
I found it especially convenient that the book is full with full-colour
photographs to take you through all the moves.
If you want to get serious about Pilates, download this book and start
POLL: Do you suffer from the Runner's Curse ?
...97 ...98 ...99 ...100... I check my watch. But I know I don't have
to. Again exactly five minutes and a few seconds have past. And I start
all over again ...1 ...2 ...3 ...
Especially on my longer runs I eventually end up counting. And
counting. And counting. Sometimes it helps. Sort of keeps you going.
But most of the time it is just plain annoying !
Take the poll to let me know if you suffer from the Runner's
And hey, if you happen to know a cure to The Curse, let me know:
And, because of the migration, unfortunately not much time for running
We all experience moments in our lives when we are simply to busy to
keep to our running program.
At some point, something has got to give.
When you get to a period like that, the best thing to do is to
keep on running !
I know, easier said than done. Maybe not run as much as you used to,
but as long as you get out of the door two or three times per week,
you'll maintain a large deal of your fitness.
After achieving a certain level of fitness, maintaining that level is
not that hard.
So nowadays I run two or three times per week for 45 minutes to an hour.
Yes, I will lose some of my fitness.
But it would be much worse if I'd be doing no running at all.
So keep that in mind. Even in busy times, keep on
I will do my best to keep on adding interesting info to
Soon on the site :
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Prevention and Treatment of Shin Splints
The Most Important Heart Rate Monitor Features
The Most Important Treadmill Features
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and our adventures in Australia.
The next few weeks sportscrazy Australia will be watching the
Commonwealth Games taking place here in Melbourne.
Unfortunately without one of the fastest running ladies on the earth Paula
Radcliffe (injured). I was really looking forward to seeing
her run the marathon.
However, there are still many other exciting events taking place !
How about the Men's 5.000 metre with Felix
Limo and Australian star Craig Mottram ?
Wherever you are, I hope you get some coverage of these great athletes.
In the meanwhile, visit my site often and happy