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…

A week in which nothing much happened and I have a rant…

This past week has been uneventful which is a good thing, really. Although it does narrow down the amount of bitching and moaning I can do, haha. No sign of any niggles, and I had a really strong long run where I accidentally did 17k instead of 15k.  I seem to be doing this more often…

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…