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Embrace the Turtle: Strategic Running and Starting the Season Strong

The unspoken rule of club runners? Don’t win the first race. It might sound odd, but hear me out! A victory tanks your handicap, making future wins tougher. This year’s SAAC season kicked off with the Grampians Insurance handicap, a mass start with staggered finishing times based on past performances. As a 12-year club veteran, …

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Life Throws Curveballs: How to Adapt and Stay on Track with Your Fitness Goals

We’ve all been there. You meticulously plan your week, every workout session carefully scheduled, only to have life throw a curveball. Maybe it’s a work emergency, a sudden illness, or in my case this week, a gym unexpectedly closed for renovations. This morning, despite finishing a late shift the previous day, I dragged myself out …

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From Skinny to Strong: Why Comparison Steals My Running Joy (and Maybe Yours Too)

For over ten years, I’ve pounded the pavement, chased that runner’s high, and tackled everything from 5Ks to gruelling 50Ks. It’s been a journey, and one thing’s for sure: my body has transformed. Gone are the days of being “skinny and fast.” Now, I’m “solid but strong.” And let me tell you, it’s easy to …

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