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The Complete Book of Running

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“Everyone knows two things about this book:
- it was a large part of the running boom in the late 1970s and among other benefits of running, made the claim that anyone who trained properly for a marathon was protected from heart disease;
- James Fixx died of a heart attack at a comparatively young age.

It was published in 1977 in the United ...

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Waterlogged

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“Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports” is the latest book from Tim Noakes, author of “The Lore of Running”. In “Waterlogged” he examines the “drink early, drink often” recommendations to distance runners. He describes the history and science and why these suggested rates are both incorrect and dangerous. He is a medical doctor, a widely published scientist and a ...

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2012 Race Result

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Those who have been following the sporadic reports on my training might remember that the aim was to run faster than last year, and to break 5 hours. Neither goal was achieved as my time was three minutes slower than in 2011. The only reason I’m smiling in the photograph is that I finished.

I have no excuses as there were no injuries and no illness, not even a cold during ...

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Run Like Crazy

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Run Like CrazyThis is Tristan Miller’s story of running 52 marathons in a calendar year. I imagined that he would run a marathon somewhere on a Sunday, then travel a leisurely distance to run another next Sunday. Not so: firstly 42.195 kilometres wasn’t always far enough. There was Two Oceans in South Africa (56km) and The Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset Marathon (100 km). He also ran an alpine ...

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2012 Training – Final Update

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In my original post, I set a few targets for training. The chief aim was to have at least two runs in the 30k range, and this has been achieved. However, although quantity has been OK the quality has been lacking. I also wanted to lose a couple of kilograms, and I’ve done this but haven’t quite reached my target. Peter Ryan also wanted to lose a little and went “dry in July” – such dedication. I’m still doing the ...

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Melbourne Marathon book now available for pre-order.

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Chris Muirden’s history of the Melbourne Marathon is now available for pre-order.

The WallI’ve had the pleasure of meeting Chris and can’t wait to get the completed book. He has interviewed a wide range of people and was able to recount some fascinating stories.He also has access to hundreds of photographs, most of which have never been seen by the public. John ...

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All Melbourne Marathon Spartans Page Added

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We have just added a new page which lists name and number of every Melbourne Marathon Spartan. This has been extracted from our database.

A Spartans database was first developed in 1987/8 when the club was formed. Written in Clipper, it was updated by John Raskas who was then Club Secretary. Some years later, it was changed to an Access system, I think in the time of Peter Feldman. A few years ago it was decided ...

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Oldest Runner to Finish 10 Melbourne Marathons

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We recently received an enquiry from Greg Lewison who is half way to becoming a Spartan, and thought he had a chance of becoming the oldest member to run ten consecutive Melbourne Marathons. Cath Bombardieri, who is part way through updating our database with all the runs completed by each of our members, conducted a search. The runner data is not complete, and we don’t have date of birth information for everyone, but she did manage to find two who ...

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2012 Target – First Update

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My longest run has increased to 14km thanks to participation in one of the events comprising the Great Ocean Road Marathon weekend. I’ve never been before but it was no secret as there were 3800 finishers over four events. Steve Moneghetti completed 3 of the 4, wimping out of the 45km run. At least two other Melbourne Marathon Spartans club committee members were there: Jay Fleming completed the marathon despite an injured hamstring, Graeme Lay ...

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2012 Melbourne Marathon Entries Open

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The 2012 Melbourne Marathon website is now open. The finish is once again at the MCG, giving entrants the chance to follow the footsteps of Olympians, AFL footballers and Test cricketers.

As usual, there is an early bird discount. However, there is no limit to the marathon field so we should be able to see last year’s record number of finishers beaten.

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