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…

Motivation Madness

Whether you’re just starting out or have been in the game for years, running can be a very rewarding pastime. It boosts your mood, tones your body, tunes up the heart and circulatory system and burns off excess calories. And when you’re in the zone there’s nothing else quite like it, it’s meditation on the…

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…

Am I being lazy or do I just really need a break?

I would definitely call myself a perfectionist. Over the years I have managed to tone down and distract this side of my personality so I don’t become completely frozen every time I want to try something new. But what if I look stupid? What if I can’t do it? What if people think badly of…

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…

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…

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:…

Managing Monster Month

Monster Month: otherwise known as the point during marathon training where you forget why you wanted to do this because you are so tired you can’t think straight any more. I know that hitting my highest weeks of mileage is going to make me feel exhausted, there’s really no getting around that fact. While I…

Meltdown

What to do when the wheels fall off…yeah, that’s what happened this weekend. Last week sucked. Big time. I was just so very, very tired. As a full time worker I was tired in that way you are right before your first real holiday in 6 months. As a runner I was tired in that…