The Theory of Marginal Gains…

Or, to use a less technical title: Marathon training – the non-running parts I’ve just registered for the Surfcoast Trail Marathon. Can’t wait to check out these fantastic views again This will be my 7th marathon (and third crack at Surfcoast!) and I’d like to think I’ve learned a few things along the way. From how to…

Want better results from your training? Change it up a little…

Welcome to my first Really Serious attempt at a marathon. The Surf Coast Trail Marathon of 2015 will be my 6th marathon attempt, but it is the first one I’ve had any high hopes for. It’s the first time I’ve had no trouble getting through all the workouts, no trouble doing all the long runs,…

Be prepared

  One of the best things you can do in training for any race is to prepare yourself for what conditions will be like on race day. This is even more true of both trail and longer events where small problems can become big ones over the course of the run. Knowing the condition of…

Marathon training: what not to do

Do you want to hear a horror story? It’s pretty scary. It’s called The Day I Almost Ruined Everything. Leave the light on for this one. Two weeks ago I ran a horrific 34k long run that ended with a 5k death march and the feeling ‘never again!’ (yeah right!). However, I felt pretty good the…

Four willpower strengthening tricks for your inner two year old…

As anyone with children or a pet knows, bribery is very, very effective. Even the littlest incentives can help a lot. Last post I spoke about the drop back week and how it is a great way to refresh body and soul before another onslaught of physical and mental stress during training. With my week…