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De Castella Run to Mend Minds

20140831_0942222It’s that time of year again and we’re totally rapt to be supporting the 2015 De Castella Run now in its 35th year! The ‘Deek Run’ will be held at Kew Boulevard again this Sunday 30 August, 2015. It’s one of Melbourne’s best running and fun events, with a choice of 5km, 10km, 0r 15km courses along the scenic Yarra River route.

And if you don’t want to run, you can always walk the course. All ages can participate, including children with the Run Ready program for Kids, which involves an 80m dash.

You don’t have to be a running or walking to soak up the atmosphere of this special community event.  The Kickass Active Mind and Body Expo has something for everyone; from face painters, a petting zoo and a jumping castle for the kids, to physio treatments, merchandise and food vendors. Our market style expo captures all the excitement and energy of the day as the runners cross the finishing line.

The de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds is proud to partner with the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) to help raise awareness and funds for mental health research.  MAPrc carries out world class research to improve the lives of people suffering from mental illness. Funds from this year’s run will go towards supporting scholarships for PhD students to undertake vital mental health research at MAPrc.

De Castella Fun Run 2014

deekrun2014It’s coming up to that time of year again as the last Sunday in August is fast approaching.  This means that it’s time to get your running shoes out to blaze through the the scenic boulevards of Kew’s Studley Park region in this year’s De Castella Fun Run this coming Sunday 31 August, 2014.  This year Robert De Castella - “Deeks” -  himself will be there. So, get inspired and come down on the day and participate.

Funds raised are donated to the Monash and Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre which does invaluable research into mental illness and its prevention.  Statistics tell us that one person in every five may experience mental illness in their lifetimes, making this is a cause worthy of your support.  The other cause worthy of support is your fitness which the run is bound to help you with!  The weather forecast tells us that it will warm at 20 degrees and sunny so come and enjoy the fun this year. We hope to see you there. Make sure you say hi to us at the AquaForce drinks station at the finish line and best of luck to all competing!

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De Castella Fun Run 2012

AquaForce is a major sponsor of the 32nd annual De Castella Run to be held on Sunday, 26 August, 2012. The Run traces the footsteps of Robert De Castella, Australia’s legendary marathon runner, along the picturesque bends and inclines of the Kew Boulevard. The boulevard winds around the scenic Yarra River where Rob trained as a school boy to make him one of the world’s strongest marathon runners.

The De Castella Fun Run raises money for Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (www.maprc.org.au) which has 2010 Australian of the Year Professor Pat McGorry as its patron. Entrants can choose to compete individually or as teams in three distance classes: 5km, 10km and 15km. Last year, the event attracted nearly 2000 participants making one of the biggest fun runs in Melbourne and raised over $20,000 in funds used to support both life-enhancing and life-saving research for patients affected by mental health issues.

Please come along this year individually or with a team of your friends and family to show your support for Mental Health Research. To enter, visit the de Castella run site at www.decastellarun.com.au.

To make this event run smoothly, a team of volunteers is needed to help with registration, bib distribution/collection, course marshalling, and other duties. You will be provided with a full briefing and a support bag. So, if you are an organised superstar and want to volunteer for this crucial role, please contact Dennyse Riach on 03 9076 5167 or email d.riach@alfred.org.au.

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I’m becoming a runner!

So I think I am slowly being able to call myself a runner after putting in a fair bit of sweat and pain into my running training lately. I am really enjoying it though! At the beginning, I was finding myself fairly lethargic throughout the day as my body was trying to get used to the change in activity. But in the past couple of weeks I have had more energy than ever and am really loving my training. I am doing about 5 running sessions per week, at the moment doing about 5km average but have sneaked in some 10km runs. I have to be able to run 10km for 2 weeks straight as I am participating in ‘The Run to Better Days’, a charity run from Hervey’s Bay to Townsville to raise awareness and money for Caritas aid organisation. It is really motivating to have something to work towards, a deadline in which I have to have my body in peak shape. I am aiming to increase my distance to 6km in the next week, and work up from there.

I think my housemates are getting slightly annoyed with the quantity of food that I am consuming to meet my energy demands though! We have a system going where we all put in an equal amount into a communal food supply and I think I am very much utilising it the most! Trying to eat really healthy though, with massive amounts fruit and veg and plenty of whole grains. At the moment I have a big craze for nuts! They are an excellent source of fibre and protein and super tasty as well.

Apart from my running, I am still on the bike every day, mainly using it to commute to uni and back, a lovely 15km ride return. I am also doing a couple of morning training rides a week and have yet to enter a cycling race but hopefully will do one in next few weeks.  Also, very exciting news came out last week about kite surfing being in the 2016 London games. This is very exciting and means that a lot more people will get involved in the sport and also provides a great avenue for those who want to progress in the sport. I haven’t been out as much as I would have liked in the past few months due to time (and a lack of wind) but definitely good incentive to make time now!

I am also nearly finished my first container of AquaForce! Finding it really good with warding off the cold as well; whenever I feel a bit down, having a few glasses of AquaForce over the day makes me feel a lot better and provides good immune support. AquaForce is definitely benefiting my training. I have also been enjoying promoting and getting my friends to taste it, so far all my friends studying medicine are impressed!

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Bec’s Run For Better Days

Hi all!  This is one of my first of hopefully many blogs to come so hope you enjoy it. Anyway, a short intro is probably useful…

My name is Bec and I am really excited to be newly supported by AquaForce in my sporting endeavours. I am passionate about cycling, kite surfing, running, tennis and pretty much every sport under the sun, you check out my previous post for full info!

Today I am flying up to Townsville after visiting my family in Melbourne with significantly heavier bags due to the generous supply of AquaForce product for my training for the next few months. I am really looking forward to the next few weeks as I will be really ramping up the intensity of my training, plus I have started a few new fun activities- including rock climbing and a social soccer team at uni. I have also a new fairly major challenge that is on the horizon- ‘The Run to Better Days’. This will involve running 10km for 13 days straight with a team of 15 other athletes from the happiest place in Australia- Hervey’s Bay to Townsville to raise money and advocate for Caritas. At the moment, 10km is achievable, but only with the ramifications of extremely sore muscles and fatigue for the proceeding few days. So I have incorporated 3 running sessions into my training plan, in which I will slowly be building up the intensity and distance up until the run commences in mid-year holidays in July.

In order to fit these new running sessions in, along with 3 longer rides weekly on top of my 8km commute to uni each day, I am being forced to become an early bird (which I am finding slightly difficult!). Unfortunately by body clock is conditioned for sleep no earlier than 11pm at the moment, which when having to waking up at 4.30am in the morning for training rides, does not leave room for much sleep. I am fortunate that I have a full bag of AquaForce to keep me energised however. And as far as my body-clock is concerned, hopefully it will be kicked into place soon and I will be sweet!

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