Monday, 19 September 2016

Weekend Races 23rd - 25th September 2016

Races This Weekend -  33 races so far! Where are you Running?



                                                                                                                               

NEW: FEATURE RACE

For the first time, I'm experimenting with a Feature Race for the week, and this week it's the Brendan's Running Club Naas 10K.

This is the 3rd year that this race has been run, and it will raise money for the Jack and Jill Foundation. Last year 500 runners took part, raising €5,000 for Jack and Jill. This year there's a new route, which will go through town and cover the Grand Canal.



                                                                                                                                

Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Sligo
Sunday 25th - Sligo Coast to Coast - 10Mile / 5K

Galway
Saturday 24th - NUIG Charity Run - 8K

Saturday 24th - Slieve Aughty Challenge - 30K / 60K Adventure Race

Sunday 25th - SCCUL Sanctuary - 5K

Sunday 25th - Sunshine Run - 5K

Sunday 25th - Cummer NS - 5K

Sunday 25th - Loughrea AC, Grey Lakes Road Race - 10K

Mayo
Saturday 24th - Clew Bay Half Marathon / 10K


Leinster
Louth
Sunday 25th - Wildwood Wild Run Festival - 10K

Longford
Saturday 24th - Senior Cross Country Races

Carlow
Sunday 25th - Carlow Half Marathon / Mini Marathon / 5K

Kildare
Sunday 24th - Donadea Forest Fun Run - 5K

Saturday 24th - RunaMuck Challenge - Adventure Race

Saturday 24th - Athy Lions Club Charity Race - 10K / 5K

Sunday 25th - St Farnans Road Race - 5K / 10K

Sunday 25th - Brendan's Running Club, Naas Town - 10K

Wicklow
Sunday 25th - Greystones - 5K

Dublin
Saturday 24th - SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Series - Half Marathon - Nominated Half Marathon of the Year

Sunday 25th - Rathfarnham AC - 5K 

Meath
Saturday 24th - SOSAD Charity Run - 5K


Munster
Kerry
Saturday 24th - Killarney 10Mile Road Race

Saturday 24th - Tralee 24 hour / 12 hour / 6 hour - endurance race

Sunday 25th - Tralee CBS - 5K / 3K

Limerick
Sunday 25th - Adare to Survive - 8K

Cork
Saturday 24th - Hope for Faith - 5K

Saturday 24th - Wild Atlantic Way Fun Run - 10K / 4K

Sunday 25th - Cork Women's Mini Marathon - 3.8Miles

Waterford
Sunday 25th - Vadrafjord Fun Run - 5Mile

Tipperary
Sunday 25th - Tiperrary Womens Mini Marathon - 10K


Ulster
Donegal
Saturday 24th - Mooathon - 10K / Half Marathon / Marathon

Antrim
Saturday 24th - Run Mucker Run - 5K / 10K Adventure Race

Derry
Saturday 24th - Keith Reid Memorial - 10K

Down
Saturday 24th - Bangor Aurora - 10K

Friday, 16 September 2016

Arches and Pronation

One of the most discussed topics among runners is 'finding the right runner', and I regularly get asked questions about this. It's almost impossible to tell somebody what type runner would be best for them, as there are a lot of factors (running style, width of your foot, body weight, the level of cushioning each runner likes, etc.).

The easier of the guides to give to people is how their foot arches will affect their foot strike, and therefore what type of cushioning / support they should look for.

How Arches affect Pronation

Pronation is the way your foot rolls inwards when you run or walk. It occurs at the joint below the ankle, the subtalar joint. Different arch types will typically lead to different pronation types. For example if you have a very flat foot, you are more likely to Overpronate. Here's the summary guide:


How to tell what type of Arches you have (the Wet test)

Typically you can go into a "good" running shop and they should be able to judge your foot strike to determine whether you underpronate, overpronate or are neutral. However, there is a simple test that you can do at home which will tell how what type of arches you have (and give you a decent guide to your foot strike), it's called "The Wet Test"

Fill a basin of water and place a piece of (dark) paper beside it. Step into the water with your bare foot, then step onto the paper and off again. Look at the footprint you leave to give you an indication of the arch type you have. Here's the guide:


Finding the Shoe to suit your foot

As alluded to earlier, your pronation type is only one indicator of what you might need from a running shoe. You will also need to test for shoe width, toebox space, general comfort, etc. However, most running shoes these days will come designed for a particular pronation type. And if not, a good running shop will be able to guide you.

Some examples:

I have always been an Underpronator, and found the Asics Cumulus range ideal for me. I started running in Cumulus 11's, but they have recently released the Cumulus 18's, which I haven't tried yet.



I also have the new Asics FuzeX (reviewed here) mainly for Neutral Pronation, which I use for training (but keep my Cumulus for longer distances).

Finally to complete the range, Asics just released their latest version of the Gel Kayano range, 23. This would be one of their best known runners for Overpronators (but I've never tried these):

In fact most running companies now have different ranges depending on the level of pronation you have, e.g. mild overpronator versus severe overpronator. Here are some more examples:

Overpronator runners:
  • Nike LunarGlide
  • Mizuno Wave Paradox
  • Saucony Omni
Underpronator runners:
  • Nike Zoom Vomero
  • New Balance 1080

Neutral Pronator runners:
  • Brooks Ghost
  • Adidas Supernova

Finally - Most Important

The wet test is really just a simple "home method" to indicate your arch type. Really, you want to speak to an expert, and probably do a full gait analysis (where you can gauge the strike of your foot during movement, rather than standing). Usually a good runners shop can do this for you. At some point next week, Sean from @runningmatters_ on Twitter will post more detailed information.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Weekend Races 16th - 18th September 2016

Races This Weekend -  20 races so far! Where are you Running?






Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Roscommon
Saturday 17th - Cuisle 10K

Sligo
Sunday 18th - The O'Dubhda Challenge - 10K / Half Marathon / Marathon


Leinster
Kilkenny
Saturday 17th - Medieval Marathon - 10K / Half Marathon / 30K / Marathon

Sunday 18th - JJ Reddy Danesfort Run - 5K / 10K / Half Marathon

Sunday 18th - Richie Young Memorial - 5K

Carlow
Sunday 18th - Presentation College Carlow - 5K

Kildare
Sunday 18th - Guide Dogs - 5K

Sunday 18th - Liz McDonnell Run - 5K

Wicklow
Saturday 17th - Women's Adventure Race - (24.5K Adventure Race)

Wexford 
Saturday 17th - Kilmore AC - 10K 

Dublin
Sunday 18th - Malahide Castle - 5K


Munster
Cork
Saturday 17th - Carriganima Fun Run - 4Mile

Saturday 17th - Grenagh - 5K

Sunday 18th - Charleville Half Marathon

Sunday 18th - Run Forest Run, Clonakilty - 5Mile

Clare
Sunday 18th - Cathal Torpey Charity Run - 5Mile

Tipperary
Saturday 17th - MMRA Loop de Loop - Half Marathon / Marathon / Ultra Marathon (all Trail)

Sunday 18th - Moyne AC - 5K


Ulster
Derry
Saturday 17th - University Ulster, Coleraine, Boom 10K

Saturday 17th - Templemore Sports Complex - 5K

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Apple Watch - Apple and Nike launch perfect running partner

Apple launched its latest version of the Apple Watch, Series 2, by reviving the huge partnership with Nike to create the "perfect running partner".


What are the changes?

  • Two times brighter display
  • Water resistant up to 50 metres
  • A powerful dual core processor
  • Siri Commands
  • Strong integration with the Nike Run Community

As this is the smartwatch, the GPS tracker, Heart Rate monitor, Weather, and Stopwatch are already built in. Apple are clearly aiming to tap into the huge running community that Nike have assembled with the Nike+ Run Club. However, with their water resistant watch, I wonder are they also looking to take in the triathlon/ironman communities.


Running Community

I had recently covered the changes to the Nike+ Run Club, which haven't gone down too well (nike-running-app-changed-for-worse). But I think ultimately Apple want to tap into the motivation and coaching plans, and most importantly the social aspect. If runners start comparing training with each other, then it ultimately leads to more sales (similar to the way Strava took off).

The Future

It's hard to see Apple/Nike taking over the GPS watch market. However, if new runners / fitness enthusiasts already have a smart watch, then why would they need to buy a GPS watch. So is this how sports watches are going to evolve? Perhaps



Apple Watch Series 2 goes on sale this Friday 9th September, with anticipated availability in Ireland at the end of October. Pricing in the US will be $369 for the 38mm and $399 for the 42mm watch.

Weekend Races 9th - 11th September 2016

Races This Weekend -  33 races so far! Where are you Running?






Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Galway
Saturday 10th - Clarinbridge Oyster Marathon - 10K / Half Marathon / Full Marathon

Saturday 10th - Barnaderg - 10K / 5K

Sunday 11th - Clifden Lifeboat 10K

Mayo
Saturday 10th - Charlestown 10K

Sunday 11th - Ballyglass - 10K / 6K


Leinster
Laois
Friday 9th - Kilcavan Run - 5K

Louth
Friday 9th - SOSAD Run for Life - 5K

Saturday 10th - Dromiskin Fit Club - 5K

Kildare
Saturday 10th - Tony Donoghue Memorial - 10K

Saturday 10th - Pfizer Newbridge - 5K

Westmeath
Saturday 10th - Flatline Athlone Half Marathon - Nominated for Half Marathon of the Year

Sunday 11th - Leg it for LARCC - 5K

Wicklow
Saturday 10th - Kilomarathon / 10K

Wexford 
Saturday 10th - Oulart - 10K / 5K 

Offaly
Sunday 11th - Clareen - 10K / 5K

Carlow 
Sunday 11th - Palatine GAA - 10K / 5K

Dublin
Sunday 11th - Canicross, Corkagh Park - Cross Country with Dogs


Munster
Limerick
Friday 9th - Mooreabbey Milers AC - 4 Mile

Waterford
Friday 9th - Sanofi - 5Mile

Cork
Friday 9th - Buttevant Running Club - 5K

Saturday 10th - St. Finbarrs AC, John Buckley Cork City 10 Miler

Saturday 10th - Kildorrey Harriers - 5Mile

Sunday 11th - Cork Autism Blue Balloon Run - 6K

Clare
Saturday 10th - Cooraclare Midnight Mile - 1Mile

Sunday 11th - Scariff - 10K / 5K

Tipperary
Sunday 11th - Clonmel AC, Kilsheelan - 10K / 5K


Ulster
Cavan
Sunday 11th - Killinkere GFC - Half Marathon / 10K / 5K

Armagh
Saturday 10th - Tannaghmore - 10K

Antrim
Saturday 10th - East Coast AC, Larne - 10K

Tyrone
Saturday 10th - Sperrin Harriers, O'Brien Challenge - 26K / 10Mile / 3K

Derry
Saturday 10th - CCU Altnagelvin Hospital Run - 10K / 5K

Saturday 10th - Surf N Turf, Benone - Half Marathon / 10K

Down
Sunday 11th - Micky Annette Memorial Run

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Canicross - Cross Country Running with your Dog

Do you enjoy running with your dog? Would you like to be able to race with him/her? Well now you can do that and more, check out Canicross Ireland.



Canicross Ireland are a dog club that organises cross country running with your dog, bikejoring and scootering competitions and events throughout Ireland and they are looking for members who are interested in getting out and keeping fit with their dogs.



The first event is coming up this weekend, on September 11th in Corkagh Park, Dublin. There will be a fun dog show that is being judged by Pete the Vet along with some canicross, bikejoring and scootering demos and of course, the chance to have a go and try out some equipment and chat to some club members.

If you want to get in touch with Canicross Ireland, here is their Facebook Page

Also, here's the event page for this weekend on Facebook

 


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Weekend Races 2nd - 4th September 2016

Races This Weekend -  16 races so far! Where are you Running?






Here's the list of running races on by county this coming weekend. If there are any that I've missed, just chat a message below and I'll update.


Connaught

Galway
Saturday 3rd - VHI Lust for Life - 5K

Roscommon
Sunday 4th - Ros Go Run - Half Marathon / 10K


Leinster
Westmeath
Friday 2nd - Streete Parish Park Road Race - 5K

Wicklow
Saturday 3rd - Coole Run - 5K / 10K (Trail)

Wexford 
Saturday 3rd - St Pauls AC Road Race - 5Mile


Munster
Kerry
Saturday 3rd - Dingle Marathon - Half Marathon / Marathon - Winner of Half Marathon of the Year!

Saturday 3rd - Banna Beast Challenge - Adventure Race

Waterford
Friday 3rd - Ballinameela - 3Mile / 5Mile

Saturday 3rd - Cill Barra - 6K

Cork
Friday 3rd - Fermoy - 4Mile

Sunday 4th - Kinsale RFC Road Race - 5Mile


Ulster
Cavan
Saturday 3rd - Killeshandra Loop the Lakes - 7K (Trail)

Fermanagh
Saturday 3rd - Garrison 5 Miler

Armagh
Sunday 4th - TinyLife, Portadown - 10Mile

Antrim
Sunday 4th - Laganside, Ormeau Park, Belfast - 10K

Derry
Saturday 4th - Waterside Half Marathon