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Social Runnering update
Keep up with the latest news from our social running group who meet up every Thurday evening at 6:20pm at the clubhouse.
James Palethorpe at the Novice X-Country Champs
James had a blistering run at the States Novice X-County Champs, completing the muddy, 10km course in 36:46, finishing 7th in hi…
Epping City2Surf team
Epping DAC is entering a team in the City2Surf. See below for information for joining our team.
Australian Masters Championships
More medal success for Eppings master athletes at the Australian Championships in Canberra last weekend.
New Committee
Thanks for everyone who came to the AGM last week to approve the new committee. Results listed below
3 State Champions
Epping DAC saw 3 of its athletes win gold at this weekends state masters championships
Latest Newsletter
Here is the latest newsletter, including: full results results from October through to December 2013; New coaches; How to keep a…

Latest Blog

— May 16, 2018

EDAC membership is increasing.

Welcome to all new EDAC members. It is good to see so many families signing up as well as individual athletes of all ages. And a big thank to all long-term members for promoting the club in the local area and to our dedicated coaches who provide...

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Race reports are included in News. But for a comprehensive list of race results involving Epping members, see our results archive


Trail Running
Trail running can be a terrific way to break up a training programme.

Running on trails is rarely as fast as running on the track or the road but there are many factors to compensate for the slower pace. One of the great secrets about Sydney is the multitude of trails that are available. From most places, a short drive or jog will get you onto a scenic trail. In less than a month the Glow Worm Tunnel races are being held in the Newnes State Forest (13-14 June). This is a terrific weekend of trail racing. See the website for more information.


Does training hard lead to immortality??
A recently released report has revealed massive benefits that result from high intensity exercise!

There are lots of reasons why we train at the track. These include camaraderie, realising our mental and physical potentials and achieving goals. Well, now there is another reason to add to the list. By training hard, we are statistically more likely to live longer. The results are in:

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2212268

By pushing ourselves hard, we are significantly increasing our longevity. Although one author said (tongue in cheek??) "vigorous gardening" was helpful, surely nothing can beat those gruelling interval sessions.

 


The Winter Season Arrives!
Autumn is upon us as is the 2015 winter running season.

The cross country season introduces a terrific element of variety to our running. Gone is the focus on lap splits on flat tracks. Instead we can rejoice in the many variables thrown at us in a cross country race. What is the ground like underfoot? Where are the nasty hills? Where is a good place for a surge? Get stuck into the racing (West Mets are a great place to start). Treat the first few races as training runs. Your aerobic engine will thank you for the tune up and when the serious racing commences, you will be ready to roll! Happy running!!


Have you done your daily km?
Are you walking a km a day? If so, thats more than most.

303164255_cb7178993f.jpgAs a semi-serious marathon runner, I'm used to running 120+km a week, every week. But last year, injury struck and I was suddenly down to zero running (or indeed cycling or swimming). I managed to keep up a little bit of fitness through walking and the gym. But mentally it was tough going from running 20km a day right across the city walking just 3km to get me to work and back.

Then one Sunday morning, just before I headed out for another long boring session in the gym, help came from the back of a cereal box.  One of the 'health facts' Kellogg’s boasted in an effort to get me to eat and buy more of its cereal was that the average person uses their feet to travel 11,000 miles (or 18,000km if you insist on sensible units) in a life time. Not bad you might think. That would just about get me back home to the UK if I set off as soon as I could walk and kept going until I couldn’t anymore.

But it got me thinking: how far is that actually each day? Well, lets say that the average person has 40 good and 20 not-so-good walking/running years in their life times. We'll call it 50 full walking years in all, or a little over 18000 walking days - the same amount of days as kms. That means that the average person walks or runs only 1km/day*!

Suddenly this ‘uplifting’ health fact doesn't sound as impressive. When I got to training at Epping that morning after a 5km walk (or 5 days if I was walking at the correct pace), I saw the sprint group - whose session was 10 200m - sprint away 2 days worth of foot-travel in  a matter of minutes! Something they made worse by doing 2 whole laps as a warm down. James had just run over from home - 7km which MUST have taken him an entire week. And When I got back home, I read how an Australian had won the worlds longest race of 5,000km. He wont be allowed to move again now for 13 years!

And this got me thinking even more. If active people like us are doing so much more than the 1 km average, surely this drags down everyone else’s mileage? After all, I had already run 3600km that year before injury. That’s enough to stop 10 people from doing any walking at all...

Anyone who’s a fan of statistics (and I realize that’s not many) will know there are different definitions of average. Is 1km a day the average that people walk, the distance the average person walks, or the distance the normal person walks? Remember that this is from a health food cereal packet boasting about how 'much' exercise people really do - its going to want to use the biggest average it can. If so, then a little bit of maths** shows that the average person (the person in the middle, where half of everyone walks/runner further than them, and half shorter) uses their feet for a total of 407m a day***. And it gets worse. The normal person (the person you are most likely to meet) will do ...... 0km****! Nothing, absolutely no travelling by foot at all!?

And suddenly I was happy again. My 3km to work and back every day didn't seem to bad after all.

 


* A number that roughly matches some research conducted in the UK recently, and includes all walking/running outside to get places (i.e, walk to the shops, recreation etc.) but excludes walking around the house/office.

** Using a chi-squared probability distribution

*** Median = mean * (1- [2/9k])^3

**** Mode = max(mean-2,0)