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…

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…

Depressed? Running can help (really)

It’s World Mental Health day on the 10th of October, and here in Australia it’s also mental health week, so I thought it would be a great chance to spout off on one of my favourite subjects:  Exercising to improve your mood. Firstly, I would suggest that anyone feeling low or suspecting they might have depression…

It’s not that easy…

Everyone has negative people in their lives, and in spite of the many articles out there that supposedly tell you how to prune these people from your social circle, sometimes it’s just not possible. Maybe they’re a co-worker, a relative,  a mutual friend you can’t avoid, or, god forbid even a partner. Case in point…

Putting yourself first is not selfish.

I doubt I am the only person confessing to it at this time of year, but I have well and truly run myself into the ground. The irony of it being that very little actual running was involved. Where I work is generally quite conducive to a regular schedule. Engineers love routine and they hate…

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…

Turbulent Taper Time

As I said in my last post I have never felt more ready for some time off running than right now. This is my fourth marathon and although the taper feels easier this time round it’s never actually as easy as you think it will be. You’ve put your everything into training for 4 months:…

Holiday running

I may be a very lazy runner, and have many, many discipline issues, but running on holidays is not one of them. I love the lack of time constraints, the fact I am probably in a new place I can explore and the fact I can just sit back and relax afterwards, instead of having to…

It’s all about perspective

Today’s run really made me wonder about what our minds are capable of, and reminded me of the power we have to change the way we think. I had an easy 15k on the cards that was never really  going to be easy – because it’s the longest distance I’ve ever had to squeeze in…

When the magic doesn’t happen

As you may have noticed, this blog is not made out of organic, free-trade, vegan runner’s brains. I eat meat. I drink too much coffee. I don’t measure out my food. I haven’t met a carb or a cab sav I didn’t like and the cult of eating ‘clean’ and fasting to get rid of…