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…

It’s not that easy…

Everyone has negative people in their lives, and in spite of the many articles out there that supposedly tell you how to prune these people from your social circle, sometimes it’s just not possible. Maybe they’re a co-worker, a relative,  a mutual friend you can’t avoid, or, god forbid even a partner. Case in point…

Help! I’m scared of my long run!

Maybe it’s because you haven’t run that far before or just that you’re coming back from a break, but sometimes the weekly long run can loom really large. That’s how I felt last Saturday. The 27k route I’d chosen was long, hilly and – as I said in my previous post – I am under time constraints in…