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….

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…

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…

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…

Safety first…

So. I did it. I left my husband and I am now single. A single mother to be precise. As much as I would like to keep my personal life off this blog I know that on the sites I follow I absolutely HATE it when people vaugeblog and allude to things that you, The…

Old Year’s Resolutions

Today’s post was going to be a huge whinge about I’d been sick AGAIN, and how HARD it has been getting back into shape in time for Two Bays which is only SIX WEEKS AWAY, but I nearly put myself into a coma trying to write it. The past few weeks have been crap and hard…