10 things I learnt from running my first ultra

I thought of doing the usual race recap from last Saturday’s Upstream 50k Challenge but this particular day was so life-changing that I really feel it is more important to share what I’ve learnt than to tell you what the weather was like at the 40k mark or how my legs turned to jelly 200mt…

How do you know if you can run an ultra?

You’d think the hardest thing about training for an ultra would be all the running. 60, 70, 80k a week, plus strength work and foam rolling, massage and stretching, it’s pretty much what you’re doing when you’re not eating, sleeping or working. But for me the hardest thing is the routine, because I HATE routine. I…

Girls ski trip!

I know, I know, I haven’t updated for ages, I have been running too much, I swear! That’s what next post is about. This one is a just a quick catch up on my week away skiing with my friend Justine, daughter Jamie and niece Nikki.  Girls road trip! We left for Cooma on the…

Well, Surf Coast Trail Marathon sucked…

How do you get over a shitty race? I’ve been mulling this one over in my mind for a few days now, wondering whether to write it up or not. I never bothered to write up my DNF at Two Bays. It was too depressing to think about. My first and only DNF and I still…

Illness and long runs – the good, the bad and the ugly

I am yet to make it through a round of marathon training without getting sick and being derailed for at least 4-5 days. Whether this is due to the fact that my marathon training is done over winter, and you’re just more likely to get sick then, or that pushing my body too hard makes…

36 days til the Surf Coast Trail Marathon

I have no idea how it got so close to race day without me realizing it, but we’re almost 5 weeks out and I haven’t run since last Saturday. Winter isn’t even really here in Melbourne yet, so I wasn’t expecting to be felled by a cold for some time. I got one anyway. Coughs,…

The Theory of Marginal Gains…

Or, to use a less technical title: Marathon training – the non-running parts I’ve just registered for the Surfcoast Trail Marathon. Can’t wait to check out these fantastic views again This will be my 7th marathon (and third crack at Surfcoast!) and I’d like to think I’ve learned a few things along the way. From how to…

Safety first…

So. I did it. I left my husband and I am now single. A single mother to be precise. As much as I would like to keep my personal life off this blog I know that on the sites I follow I absolutely HATE it when people vaugeblog and allude to things that you, The…

A better way to set goals

It’s the New Year! The chance to turn your life around right? Well I don’t know about you but lately soooo many motivational posts I’ve seen have been boring and repetitive. Maybe it’s because I follow too many sports and fitness websites or perhaps it’s just that it was the holidays and people were getting lazy,…

Christmas Treats

Well the 25th December is almost here and I’m getting pretty excited! This is what the days leading up to my Christmas are looking like: THE OTHER 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 12 – glasses of champagne I’m going to need (times oooooh, let’s say, 10!) 11 – pressies left to wrap 10 – ornaments the cats have ripped…