Why Race Day shouldn’t be your reason to run

Every year around this time my ULUR website fees come due, and every year I toss up whether to pay them and keep this very sporadically maintained blog going. And never more so than after recent events. The start of my Surf Coast Century 2018 looked like this: And ended with me standing, frozen in…

Altering perception of effort – Part 1

Your perception of effort is all in your mind. And your mind is a wussy, snivelling brat. The days of no pain, no gain have been out of fashion for a while now, but no one has ever seriously suggested that you can train, and get better, without really pushing your body to its limits….

January Jumble Post

I’m feeling a bit scattered and a lot busy this month. It’s bright and sunny and the outdoors is calling me, but I’m back at work and haven’t properly organised my training routine; reality is truly setting in. New Year’s resolutions are lots of fun to make and it can be all too easy to…

My New Years Resolutions that aren’t

Merry Christmas ULUR readers What’s under your Christmas tree? I’ve just become the proud owner of the Salomon Advanced Skin 12 Set hydration pack. Can’t wait for it to arrive on Santa’s sleigh – expect to hear  plenty more about that! Isn’t she gorgeous? And so roomy – apparently you could fit a small dog…

Surf Coast Century 2017

So how much sand running is there in the first half of the Surf Coast Century? Oh, about a half marathon’s worth… Oh shit. I was idly reading Facebook posts about the race 2 weeks before the big day, when that little nugget of information made itself known to me. The weather had been horrendous recently;…

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…