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…

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…

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…

When one door closes…

…another opens. About two weeks ago I woke to find a surprise had landed in my inbox. The race directors of the 30/50 Challenge have been forced to change the event date due to the fact that if we run it in November we might tread on a Hooded Plover mating in the bushes. Whether we like…

The Puffing Billy Great Train Race recap

You’ll have to wait till my next post to get the full details as to why, but today’s race was more of a hard training run than the all out assault I’d originally planned. The Puffing Billy Great Train Race (GTR) is one of those iconic races unique to Melbourne. With a cap of 3300…

It’s boring being patient

And I must say I’m pretty sick of it. However I am still calling 2014 the Year of Smart Training. Patience, persistence, focus. Plus a little bit of avoiding Facebook because my green eyed monster just can’t stand seeing other people’s posts on all the races and workouts they’re doing while I sit at home trying to feel good…

Something I am not very good at…

…patience. But sometimes you have no choice, and that was me at the end of this round of marathon training. I was very unhappy with my finishing time and the resulting injury flare up and wanted nothing more than to get back out on the road straight away and redeem myself.  I was angry at…