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…

Training while travelling

SO – obviously based on my lack of posts I have been very busy this year. This has been a Very Good Thing, but has also left me unable to update here as often as I want to. I am going to try to be more disciplined about it because it would be a shame…

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,…

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…

Run for the Kids – Race day recap

After a week of near constant rain Sunday 13th April dawned crisp and sunny – luckily for us Mother Nature had moved up to Far North Queensland to persecute Cooktown and its surrounds with Cyclone Ita so we were off the hook for now. I had somehow – finally – managed to get myself motivated enough about a race…

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…