Happy August 1st! Summer is in full swing for us northern hemisphere dwellers, bringing everything that it can, especially heat and humidity. Heat I don’t mind too much – it’s just humidity that’s the party-killer – and I’m pretty sure everyone agrees on that…
August also brings a number of events that have been eagerly awaited. The Commonwealth Games (a mini-Olympics of sorts) is in full swing in Glasgow, Scotland. Team England have seen some excellent results, and one article that may have caught your attention is the story of Steve Way: who at the age of 33 made a life changing decision based on his health and in the process evolved to become an elite marathon runner. A really inspiring story and one definitely worth a read! But recent research has shown that you don’t need to run marathons to reap the health benefits of running. Just 5-10 minutes per day of running can seriously improve your health and wellbeing – adding years to your life! Not bad. Read more HERE.
Personally this August I’m really looking forward to the first ever Oiselle running camp in Bend, Oregon. It will be a great chance to meet many fellow Oiselle runners and see a new part of the world – and run in the Deschutes Twilight 5km run. Shortly after the training camp, I’ll join the nuun ambassador team in Seattle for the epic Hood to Coast Relay: 199 miles over two days, relaying with my fellow Team Lemon + Lime runners all the way from Mount Hood to Seaside in Oregon. There are over 1000 teams in the event – it’s going to be interesting to see how it all unfolds!!
It’s going to be tough running through the night, and during the heat of the day in Orgeon – but there is lots of advice out there on how to stay cool. I loved this recent post full of advice from Oiselle runners about summer running, and am currently tapping into the list of deliciously refreshing and hydrating drink creations from the nuun Facebook page, such as nuungria??
On a final note, last week I was a camp counsellor at the Aloha Cross Country Camp for high school students on the North Shore of Hawaii. Five days of running, yoga, circuit training and talks about all sorts of things – all related to life as a runner. I gave a short presentation about Retracing Routledge, and the campers caught a glimpse of the short video from Rapa Nui that I’ve put together about the Ara Mahiva Run, which is now ready for you to view too:
More updates on Retracing Routledge to follow soon, along with another podcast episode and hopefully some more yoga resources too!