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…

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…

Surf Coast Trail marathon Race Recap

The Surf Coast Trail Marathon has a tagline: ‘Hardest or hilliest? NO. Just one of the most BEAUTIFUL coastal trails runs going’ and Saturday 27th June did not disappoint. Over 220 runners – only 72 of whom were women, including me – turned out for the solo marathon and we were treated to the sight of…

Want better results from your training? Change it up a little…

Welcome to my first Really Serious attempt at a marathon. The Surf Coast Trail Marathon of 2015 will be my 6th marathon attempt, but it is the first one I’ve had any high hopes for. It’s the first time I’ve had no trouble getting through all the workouts, no trouble doing all the long runs,…

How to trick your lazy brain

Phew! How did we get to the end of April??? Time flies when you’re getting up at 5am right? My next ‘A’ race is the Surf Coast Trail marathon at the end of June, and I am well into the 12 week training program I have drawn up for myself, and it has reminded me…

The 2014 Run Melbourne Half Marathon Race Recap

It may have been darkest before the dawn at the start of this year’s Run Melbourne Half Marathon (start time of 7am, geeez!!) but the weather couldn’t have been more accommodating. ULUR Brother #1’s Game Face. He told me he was ‘focussing’ on the race. Must have worked – he clocked in at under 2 hours. Not…