Sunday, September 26, 2010
It just goes to show. No blog post, misdirectional e mail only sent out at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday morning, but we have our biggest non-Malaysian inflated turnout in months including the return of several much missed harriets... well Japong and Useless Whitney anyway.
And what a run they had.. or didn't have as the case maybe. As the smiling faces of the slightly reduced pack (the rest of them had mysteriously eloped with Only a Yolk for the "medium run") as they almost made it to the top of the second hill show, everybody enjoyed it... well almost everybody; Stick Insect didn't 'cos he'd got a swollen foot and couldn't run... and there were bits of it that those who did, didn't much enjoy 'cos there was a weird loop in the middle where the paper went all freaky which chief hare Only a Yolk put down to Roadrunner talking too much. But we all got our money's worth: 1 hour 45 for 60 Baht. Sounds like a good deal to me but then I was a technical advisor so I'm biased. OK I was a hare; but I blame it on Yardo's GPS which actually behaved impeccably for the nth week in a row. In fact it has been such a frequent hare this year that it's about time we named it!
Anyway, here's the graphic that shows where we went, or didn't as the freaky loop has been edited a bit to show where we should have gone if we hadn't gone where we did, if you see what I mean (am I beginning to sound confused?)
Anyway, Yardo's trusty implement recorded this at about 8k which with the extra stuff we did because Roadrunner talks too much (apparently!) probably means we did about 10k all told.
Does this count as a write-up?
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This month's Full Moon run will be tomorrow (Thursday, 23rd September) and in contrast to the amazing healthy municipality's plans for the weekend, will be an unclean affair featuring lots of flat wet stuff and lots of wet alcoholic stuff afterwards. But the runsite will be on the beach so there'll be some salty wet stuff to dump the hares in afterwards if you feel that way inclined!
Hatyai Full Moon Hash run #70: Thursday September 23rd 2010: 7:00 p.m. 'ish
Hares: R2D2 and Moo Sahb/Only a Yolk
Misdirections: From the Kao Saeng intersection take the old Yala road for about 2.7k to the first set of traffic lights (i.e. the ones before the zoo turn) and turn left. Go about 400 meters until you hit the beach road then turn right and go 200 metes to the run site on the left.
Usual stuff: Bring a handlight; bring some food if you feel like it and bring beer if you want to share it, or buy Full Moon special brew at 100 Baht for 3 cans.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Run time: 3:30 p.m.'ish.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
It didn't even take a "No More Dungbeetle in Songkhla" t-shirt. DB has left us for the greener pastures of Don Sak or Khanom or wherever it is that his ex-Samui mates hang out. And, judging by a recent email, he's enjoying it just fine.
Now: He's gettin' it!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Should you stretch before a run? That question, which has prompted countless academic studies, debates and inter-running-partner squabbles, is now at the heart of a notable new study published in August on the Web site of USA Track and Field, the sport’s national governing body. The study, one of the largest of its kind, involved almost 1,400 runners, from age 13 to past 60, who were assigned randomly to two groups. The first group did not stretch before their runs, while otherwise maintaining their normal workout routine: the same mileage, warm-up (minus any stretching) and so on. The second group stretched, having received photographs and specific instructions for a series of simple, traditional poses, like leaning over and touching toes, that focused on the calf, hamstring and quadriceps muscles. The volunteers were told to hold each stretch for 20 seconds, a technique known as static stretching. The entire routine required three to five minutes and was to be completed immediately before a run.The volunteers followed their assigned regimens for three months. Predictably, since running, as a sport, has a high injury rate, quite a few became injured during the three months. About 16 percent of the group that didn’t stretch were hobbled badly enough to miss training for at least a week (the researchers’ definition of a running injury), while about 16 percent of the group that did stretch were laid up for at least a week. The percentages, in other words, were virtually identical. Static stretching had proved to be a wash in terms of protecting against injury. It “neither prevented nor induced injury when compared with not stretching before running,” the study’s authors concluded, raising the obvious corollary, so why in the world do so many of us still stretch?
See the rest of article here. Or if you can't be bothered, here's the conclusion: "An ideal preworkout routine consists of a very easy warm-up, followed by a gradual increase in intensity and then dynamic stretching." (And if you don't understand "dynamic stretching", well, see the article.)