FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does 'Yumigo' mean?
Yumigo is a Pidgin English term meaning to “do something together”. We always wanted our foundation principles to be built on inclusiveness and inspiration, so that term fits perfectly.
What is Yumigo’s vision?
Our end goal is to have a co-ordinated series of inspiring running events that offer something for every runner. We want these events to be professional, rewarding, and have them appeal to both the weekend runner and elite alike. We also want these events to showcase the very best that nature provides. We want more than to deliver just another trail run. We want to bring the outside to the people, so inspiring that they cannot resist taking part.
And we aren’t just talking about within South Australia. Yumigo is “Australia’s Running Partner”, and we have some grand plans to deliver on a national scale.
How can I help Yumigo deliver on its vision?
We love what we do, and we know that enthusiasm is infectious. So far Yumigo has maintained this enthusiasm and delivered on its promise to bring inspiring events to South Australia. SA has gone from one solo-event ultramarathon in 2009 (Yurrebilla), to now hosting at least six every year. And all of these new solo-event ultramarathons (The SA Track 100km Titles/The Coastal Challenge/The Hubert Ultra/The Adelaide 6/12/24/The Heysen 105) are Yumigo initiatives. But we won’t stop because we will never rest on our laurels.
We want to work with similarly-minded people and businesses, who believe in hard work, co-operation, and getting people active. Whether you can assist us to defray event costs, or help out with event prizes, or join us on the committee, or be a volunteer at an event, we would love to hear from you. The costs to hold these events are high (for example, for the Heysen 105 the combined cost of First Aid/Shirts/Medals alone is in excess of $7000.00) so we appreciate any assistance we can get. Contact Ben via email.
Why are the events predominantly trail runs?
Being active outside is something most of us did as kids. As we grow up we tend to do less and less of that as we take on adulthood. We often need to find inspiration in our day to day lives to encourage us to spend more time being active (and, by association, healthy).
Trail runs are the perfect vehicle to achieve this. It’s suitable for people of any fitness level or experience. It can be used as a social occasion or something more competitive. And the longer people spend in the beautiful “trail environment” the more they inspire themselves to do it again. It’s a happy cycle!
Do you recommend any books to read to inspire me to go running?
The list is endless! Here are just a few, from Ben’s personal library:
Ultramarathon Man – Dean Karnazes
Eat and Run – Scott Jurek
CC Pyle’s Amazing Footrace – Geoff Williams
Why Die? – Graem Sims (the amazing story of legendary Australian running coach Percy Cerutty)
Born To Run – Christopher McDougall
The Last Explorer – Simon Nasht (the book that inspired the Hubert 100 in the Flinders Ranges)
The Perfect Mile – Neal Bascomb
Pre – Tom Jordan
Why would I want to run? Isn’t running bad for your knees?
Actually, no. And these studies will tell you why:
Often the hardest part about running is getting up and going for a run. What are some strategies to overcome the lack of motivation?
These are thanks to shutupandrun.net:
- Shut Up and Run. Provided you are not vomiting, wheezing, injured, or about to become injured, ditch the excuses for why you aren’t running and go do it. The longer you give your brain time to talk your body out of going for a run, the better the chances are you won’t do it. Don’t over-think things. Lace up your shoes and go.
- Take a Trip Down Memory Lane. Think of the last time you didn’t want to run but went anyway. Remember how you felt after the run. 99 out of 100 people say they feel better after a run and never regret having done it. Those are pretty good odds. The leftover person who did not feel better doesn’t count because they were probably lying.
- Make Contact. Call or text a friend or family member and tell them you are going running and you’ll let them know when you are done. Be specific. “I am going to run at 2:00 a.m. after last call at the bar and I will be done by 2:30 a.m.” This tactic is a good one when being accountable to just yourself is not enough.
- Plan a Meet Up. This is so obvious and overused it is boring. But, the reason I include it is that it works. Plan to meet someone or a group for your runs. This is one time when being the victim of peer pressure is very effective. People will hate you if you don’t show up and you’ll hate yourself.
- Spice It Up. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a couple of incentives to get out there. Let’s face it, even if you really love to do something, you can have off days. That’s why there are books like “Adding Spice in the Bedroom.” So – add some spice to your run. Put a few new tunes on your iPod. Plan a small reward for yourself once you finish the run (Cinnamon Dolce Latte perhaps?). Wear a new piece of running clothing.
- Change Your Attitude. Listen you whiner, you get to run. There are many people who can’t even walk. There are some people, like babies, who can’t even crawl. Take a look around: half the blogging world is injured. Be grateful you can get out there and stop your bitching. Not that I would know anything about being injured.
- Find Inspiration. When you are in a slump, quickly pick up a book/magazine or pull up a blog that motivates you. Some of my favorites are Matt Long’s book “The Long Run” and the blog, “Marc and Angel Hack Life.”
· Take 10. If all else fails, give yourself permission to head out for ten minutes and to turn around if you cannot take another step because you are just that unmotivated. Something physiologically and mentally happens when you start to run. This transformation is so powerful and immediate that you usually want to keep running. Odds are you will not turn for home after ten minutes, but if you do, at least know you tried.
When is the best time to get involved?