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…

Surf Coast Century 2017

So how much sand running is there in the first half of the Surf Coast Century? Oh, about a half marathon’s worth… Oh shit. I was idly reading Facebook posts about the race 2 weeks before the big day, when that little nugget of information made itself known to me. The weather had been horrendous recently;…

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…

Re-evaluating goals

I’m afraid this blog is going to have to wait a little longer for an actual ultra-runner to write these posts. Til then you’re stuck with me. I can’t go into it in any detail on such a public forum, but due to some family issues – no, that doesn’t mean I am pregnant!! –…

How to trick your lazy brain

Phew! How did we get to the end of April??? Time flies when you’re getting up at 5am right? My next ‘A’ race is the Surf Coast Trail marathon at the end of June, and I am well into the 12 week training program I have drawn up for myself, and it has reminded me…

Surf Coast Trail Marathon Race Recap

AKA: That time I completed my first Ultra without realising it* Things I knew about the Surf Coast Trail Marathon before I ran it: It was my first trail marathon There was some sand running The views would be spectacular It might take me a little bit longer than a normal marathon Things I did…

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,…

When one door closes…

…another opens. About two weeks ago I woke to find a surprise had landed in my inbox. The race directors of the 30/50 Challenge have been forced to change the event date due to the fact that if we run it in November we might tread on a Hooded Plover mating in the bushes. Whether we like…