NRG Newsletter: 5K Radius Edition
Circle of Life
So this week we went backward, with a small circle being drawn and the nanny saying you can't step outside it. But if you remember back to what that was like, you could have heaps of fun within those borders by discovering places you've never been (though the shoes are bigger now). That is, unless you live on the water, then you'll need to become a better swimmer, or a TV addict. But if your Home & Away
has become just Home
, if you're too afraid of MasterSheriff
to eat takeaway in a park, if your Australian Survivor
has you wanting to be kicked off the island, do what'll make you feel better: go for a run (or a walk); the weather is perfect for outdoor exercise. Take heart in the news that in the past seven days, the vaccination finish line has been moving closer as quickly as we've been running toward it.
Forecast for 70% is now nine days earlier on the calendar than it was a week ago.
After two weeks, our NRG shirt-design poll results are in. See the results by scrolling down.
Last weekend we invited y'all to take part in a bare-bones, no-frills 5K you just make up at any time of the day by yourself, Starkrun. A few took us up on the offer, while the rest voted with their, er, feet. No worries... it was fun for some, especially when you discover the 5K portion you wanted to time-trial as part of a 13K run, was the most congested passageway since you tried to run against the crowd in the City2Surf because you dropped your mobile 800m back. So what brilliant (and more people-avoiding) feat are we inviting you to this weekend? Read on...
Where shall I run this weekend?
Run Every Street is here! It avoids crowds and takes you places within a small radius. Choose a suburb, punch it into GoogleMaps and then run every metre of roadway within it. Make sure at least your mobile phone Strava app is recording it, so you can keep track of the territory you've covered, or do it the old-skool way - with a paper map. Post a screen shot of your route on the Facebook thread afterward. For example, all of McMahon's Point can be done with about 9km of running, while discovering laneways, neighbourhoods and pocket parks you may have never passed by before. If the suburb is too big, split it between two days.
Serious airborne threat
We went through it in 2020, something that's in the air, that sometimes sends its victims to the hospital. It's now spreading again, with reports coming in from all over Australia. The numbers are rising. It affects kids as well as adults. There was a death last week in Brisbane. Various folk remedies have been tried, but none of them work.
Yes, we're talking about magpies during their swooping season. They seem to dive-bomb runners and cyclists all too frequently. Lower your risk of getting attacked by checking this website
when planning a running route from now until early October. People can log attack locations so others can avoid those locations. You can even look at prior years' data as some magpies are chronic offenders.