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…

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…

5 things I’ve been reading this week

1.  A tongue in cheek look at what it is like being in a relationship with someone who is obsessed with running. It’s all true I tell you! I may not be an ultra-runner yet, but I will eat all your food and create massive piles of dirty laundry (although in my house I do the…

The courage to run

  This is why running will change your life.   When you first run for more than 5 minutes in a row, it will give you the courage to do it again. When you run your first race, it will give you the courage to do it again. When you run your first marathon you…