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…

Remind me again why I think I like long runs?

Another horrendously bad long run over and done with. On Saturday I completed just over 34k on trails out near Jells Park and it was hard work. I knew it would be tough, and tiring, and (let’s face it) probably more than a little boring but you know, that’s what I’d thought about the 28k and…

The drop-back week

Aaaah, the drop back week. So lazy and boozy… I really did rest this week, more so than I normally would in a drop back week – I just knew I would need a proper mental break in the middle of all this. So only a few short (10k and under) runs early in the week and…

How to quickly and safely increase your mileage…

…otherwise known as “famous last words.” As part of my training for the Surfcoast Trail Marathon I’ve just completed my highest mileage week since September last year. Not shown in this picture: the fact it rained the ENTIRE time on that 18k run And I needed to, or I wouldn’t be able to hit my long…

5 things I’ve been reading this week

1.  A tongue in cheek look at what it is like being in a relationship with someone who is obsessed with running. It’s all true I tell you! I may not be an ultra-runner yet, but I will eat all your food and create massive piles of dirty laundry (although in my house I do the…

What comes next…

Impatient? Who, me? I have been thoroughly enjoying my week off. I’ve enjoyed dreaming about running, thinking about running, planning my running – but most especially I have enjoyed not actually doing any running. I have slept a lot, eaten very well and watched a hell of a lot of TV, all whilst going to…

Dissecting the race

Okay, it’s time to do the usual dissection of a race. You know – break down what went wrong, what (hopefully) went right, learn from our mistakes. It is 4 days since the race and a few things have had time to mentally settle so I can look back at it more objectively. Although obviously I am…

Managing Monster Month

Monster Month: otherwise known as the point during marathon training where you forget why you wanted to do this because you are so tired you can’t think straight any more. I know that hitting my highest weeks of mileage is going to make me feel exhausted, there’s really no getting around that fact. While I…

Long run rehash

Aaaaah, the Sunday long run. I am, bizarrely enough, starting to look forward to you. Yesterday’s 32k went very well, thanks for asking. It was a lovely sunny day with a light breeze and a top of 18 degrees. Definitely short shorts and tank top time. I was my usual organised self* and forgot I’d run out…