#187 Exploring the Keys 100 with Race Director Bob Becker

The 8th annual KEYS100 will be held on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 2015.  One of the world’s great ultramarathons set in a beautiful part of the world, if not on your bucket list the Keys 100 should be. Exploring_the_Keys_100

This week on the Partnerunning Show we talk to Race Director Bob Becker about the point-to-point event beginning in Key Largo–Marathon, Florida, USA and ending in Key West on the Atlantic Ocean at Higgs Beach.

Bob talks about all  things Keys 100 and answers listeners questions including:

  • The history and community of the race;
  • The 100 mile, 50 mile, 50km and relay events;
  • The course, crews and volunteers;
  • Race conditions and training; and,
  • The Keys and what to do after the race.

KEYS100 also promotes charitable fundraising for “The Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys” in support of their educational work with prostate and other cancers, free screenings and direct support of cancer patients and their families in the Keys. More info is available on the Keys 100 website and Facebook pages.

Check out the video from the 2014 Keys 100.

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#186 Tailwind, Gavin Markey and The Anzac Ultra

Energy and hydration are big challenges for many endurance runners and in the past year or so many of our listens have been enjoying great success with a product called Tailwind. Tailwind_Gavin_Markey_and_The_Anzac_Ultra

Tailwind is also a sponsor of the Anzac Ultra and today we are catching up with Gavin Markey who is the Tailwind representative in Australia, and an accomplished ultra runner.

After meeting Gavin we explore the background to Tailwind and the ways runners are using it to achieve their desired success. Along the way we also talk to Gavin about his plans for the Anzac Ultra.

Also on this weeks show:

  • Over the shoulder
  • Ask Sue
  • The road ahead

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#185 – Couple on the Run – 8 Marathons, 8 Countries in 8 Weeks Revisited

In 2008 Sue and Andrew O’Brien became know as Couple on the Run when they ran 8 marathons in 8 countries in  8 weeks. 8_Marathons_8_Countries_in_8_Weeks_Revisited

As well as the trip of a life time Sue and Andrew were putting their Partnerunning principles to the test, promoting healthy relationships and promoting Oxfam.

In this episode of the Partnerunning Show we revisit the 8 marathons, the book Couple on the Run and reflect of the adventure.

The Kindle Edition is available here.

The paper back edition of Couple on the Run is here.

Also on the show this week:

  • Over the shoulder
  • Ask Sue
  • Review of the 2015 Roller Coaster Run
  • The road ahead

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#184 Eleven Reasons To Join A Run Group

Running groups are becoming increasingly popular and are a great way for runners to enjoy and improve their running. Eleven_Reasons_To_Join_A_Run_Group

In this episode we look at eleven popular reasons for joining a running group.

We also look at different types of run groups.

Also on the show:

  • Over the shoulder
  • Ask Sue
  • The road ahead

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#182 Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Review

The Vibram Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Race is fast becoming one of the world’s must do events for trail running enthusiasts. Hong_Kong_100_Ultra_Review

Attractive to both elite and weekend runners the Hong Kong 100 takes you on a journey through Hong Kong that most tourists and many locals never experience.

With almost 5,000m ascent and a mix of trail, beach and mountain running the HK 100 is a truly special race.

In this episode of the Partnerunning Show we review the 2015 event and share our experience of running the HK 100.

In addition to reviewing the race we look at a few Hong Kong tourist options and outline our top 10 reasons to run the Hong Kong 100.

Also on the show:

  • Over the shoulder
  • Ask Sue
  • The road ahead

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#181 Popular Marathon Questions

We were recently asked to respond to a series of questions to assist marathon runners. In this episode of the Partnerunning Show we respond to a series of popular marathon questions covering: Popular_Marathon_Questions

  1. Pre-marathon and training
  2. On the day
  3. Post marathon care

Also on the show:

  • Over the shoulder
  • Ask Sue
  • The road ahead

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#180 The Art of The Taper and Recovery

Each week social media is filled with runners posting about the challenges of their taper and recovery. More concerning is those boasting about a lack of taper and recovery. The_Art_of_The_Taper_and_Recovery

In this episode of The Partnerunning Show we look at successful strategies for getting the most out of your taper and recovery.

We look at why these often neglected running strategies are overlooked and we put into context the claims of those who don’t taper or take time to fully recover.

Determining the purpose, context and priority of your event is vital to your taper and recovery strategy and we look at the impact this makes. For example is you next event you “A” race or a training run for your “A” race? This will have a major impact on your approach to taper and recovery as does you current fitness, experience and training.

Also on the show:

  • Over the shoulder
  • Ask Sue
  • Two Bays Trail Run review
  • Hong Kong 100 preview
  • The road ahead

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#179 How to succeed with running resolutions

It is that time of the year when New Year’s Resolutions are flavour of the month. Runners are not immune and many a running resolution is made at the start of each new year. How_to_succeed_with_running_resolutions

In this episode of The Partnerunning Show we look at ten popular running resolutions including:

  • The benefit of each resolution
  • Common challenges
  • Tips for success

Amongst the running resolutions we consider are:

  • Running to reduce weight
  • Running internationally
  • Increasing regularity, distance and speed
  • Running your first 5k, 10k, half, marathon or ultra

Also on this weeks show:

  • Over the shoulder
  • Ask Sue
  • Review of You Yangs New Years Eve Running Events
  • The road ahead

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#178 On the run from 2014 to 2015

It is that time of the year again as we get ready to run from one year into the next. This week on the The Partnerunning Show we take a look back at 2014 as well as looking beyond the starting line into 2015. On_the_run_from_2014_to_2015

With a mix of run community highlights, our running journey and some questions to ponder we look at making the most of our running experience in 2014 and how to make 2015 event better.

The time has finally come for Couple on the Run to join the world of GPS running watches. A new segment for the show will track our GPS progress during 2015 and in this first snippet we discuss the decision to go GPS and why Sue has gone Garmin and Andrew Suunto.

Also on the show:

  • Over the shoulder
  • Ask Sue
  • The Road ahead

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#177 Foot Care for Runners: A conversation with Rebecca Rushton

Blister prevention and foot care are critical to running success and enjoyment yet too often we fail to prepare and look after our feet. Foot_care_for_runners_a_conversation_with_Rebecca_Rushton

In this not to be missed episode of The Partnerunning Show our extra special guest is Rebecca Rushton BSC(POD) and Author of the super awesome runners must have resource “The Advanced Guide To Blister Prevention”. (get your copy complimentry copy here)

Rebecca provides specialist foot care at multiday ultramarathoners and provides tips and advice to runners regardless of experience or distance.

With the Anzac Ultra 2015 fast approaching Rebecca provides valuable suggestions for foot care and answers questions from our listeners.

Topics covered in our conversation with Rebecca include:

  • Why blister prevention
  • Blister prevention strategies
  • What to include in your blister kit
  • Blister prevention tips
  • Black toenails
  • Preparing for the Anzac Ultra
  • Tips for beginners, to marathoners and ultra runners
  • Engo patches
  • Where to purchase blister prevention materials

Find out more at the Blister Prevention Website or Blister Prevention on Facebook.

Also on the show:

  • Over the shoulder
  • Ask Sue
  • The road ahead

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