Not everyone can actually say that they enjoyed competing in a half marathon but I can honestly say that the one I have just completed was quite a good experience.
I competed in a half marathon over the weekend, the Port Macquarie Half Marathon to be precise, and although I have run quite a lot of them over the years, this one was a little different in the way I completed it. The course was a three loop course that basically covered two out and back sections either side of the start/finish line. It sounds boring but because of the location (absolute waterfront) it was actually very picturesque and very enjoyable.
The reason why the course forced me to change my approach to completing the run came down to the fact that there were no kilometre markers on the course. This is very unusual and would have caused me to be very critical of the organisers except for the fact that the out and back loops sort of gave you an indication of where you were on the course.
The first section was a 1.5km run to a turn-around point bringing you back to the start for a 3km loop. The second section was a 2km run to the second turn-around point and return to the start for a 4km loop. Repeated 3 times and you’ve completed the 21.1km course. In effect, rather than breaking the course down into 21 x 1km sections, I found myself breaking it down to the loops. Run the first loop, then the second and so on. It gave my longer points to aim for and actually allowed the run to unfold a little more gradually.
For some reason this was quite an interesting way to go through the race and rather than being the drag that I thought it would (I don’t really like loop courses) it turned out to be a very enjoyable run.
All other points of the run were covered such as plenty of water and electrolyte stops not to mention free samples of gels to take before and after the run. Organisers of fun runs, whether they be short runs or longer, with a large participation base should take note that the average runner likes to feel as though their presence in the run is appreciated and that is what happened in the half marathon that I participated in over the weekend.
We have witnessed a large amount of technological improvements over the years in the sport of archery and one that might look to be minor but is without a doubt quite worthwhile is the lighted arrow nock. The appeal is easy; incorporating illumination to the nock that is connected to the arrow. Once that nock is lit, the previously seemingly challenging challenge of tracking an arrow while it reaches its intended goal will become a lot easier, especially with today’s faster bows. Therefore, the hunter could take a more informed knowledge of the location where the arrow not only struck the target, plus also when and how to begin monitoring that target. And what we get in the end is, simply, better results.
In spite of the benefit they give to bowhunters, lighted nocks aren’t without some downsides. For starters, they are expensive. Several lighted nocks could cost above $10 each. With the cost of today’s arrows as well as broadheads incorporating a lighted nock may just push some archers in excess of the price range. Above their extra expense, lighted nocks also provide added weight to the back of your arrow. With a lot of bow hunters now trying to find solutions to increase their FOC (Front of Center), employing an illuminated nock helps make that task tougher. The extra weight to the rear of an arrow might lessen your FOC and most likely decrease both penetration and down range accuracy. Despite the fact that there are a few perceived problems, in many hunting instances these influences will be minimal and this has been demonstrated by the many hunters that have effectively harvested animals by making use of lighted nocks.
With regard to the great majority of bowhunters it just appears reasonable to make use of illuminated nocks and they’re certainly not going away. Rather than just one company making them you’ll find at least six. Hunters and archery devotees alike have actually started building their very own lighted nocks at home. It is very clear that the bowhunting masses have spoken and we are keen to see that gleaming beacon of hope lit up on the forest floor giving us all the reminder of why we hunt.
By using lighted arrow nocks it will be possible to learn about the trajectory of the arrow and if this means shooting more accurately in the future it should be worth every extra cent.