Why do you run?

Sorry I’ve been offline recently. It’s been a loooong almost-month that was supposed to be restful. The plan after the marathon was no running for two weeks, lots of sleep, catch up on my social life. In that order. Instead a round of illness flew through the family. It left me untouched but towards the…

Surf Coast Trail Marathon Race Recap

AKA: That time I completed my first Ultra without realising it* Things I knew about the Surf Coast Trail Marathon before I ran it: It was my first trail marathon There was some sand running The views would be spectacular It might take me a little bit longer than a normal marathon Things I did…

Marathon Taper Week

It seems to me like this latest round of training has been and gone so quickly I didn’t even have time to get sick of getting up at 5am to run in the dark.  On Saturday 28th June I will be standing around with approximately 400 other strangers, in the cold and wind, ready to run…

Are you really a really Real Runner?

On our long run last Saturday ULUR Sister and I were discussing those people who insist that you’re not really a runner if you walk during a race. Or any run. It’s one of those subjects that – to put it mildly – seems to divide opinion. Obviously you know which side of the fence…

Marathon training: what not to do

Do you want to hear a horror story? It’s pretty scary. It’s called The Day I Almost Ruined Everything. Leave the light on for this one. Two weeks ago I ran a horrific 34k long run that ended with a 5k death march and the feeling ‘never again!’ (yeah right!). However, I felt pretty good the…

Pushups for the mind…

Mental preparation and other things I’m reading this week:  1. Are you a Plugger or a Natural? I am definitely a plugger, so it’s nice to see it phrased as a good thing in this article: Aptitude versus achievement I’m of the opinion that nothing succeeds like trying a little, over and over again. Consistency,…

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…

Four willpower strengthening tricks for your inner two year old…

As anyone with children or a pet knows, bribery is very, very effective. Even the littlest incentives can help a lot. Last post I spoke about the drop back week and how it is a great way to refresh body and soul before another onslaught of physical and mental stress during training. With my week…

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…

Help! I’m scared of my long run!

Maybe it’s because you haven’t run that far before or just that you’re coming back from a break, but sometimes the weekly long run can loom really large. That’s how I felt last Saturday. The 27k route I’d chosen was long, hilly and – as I said in my previous post – I am under time constraints in…