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…

Illness and long runs – the good, the bad and the ugly

I am yet to make it through a round of marathon training without getting sick and being derailed for at least 4-5 days. Whether this is due to the fact that my marathon training is done over winter, and you’re just more likely to get sick then, or that pushing my body too hard makes…

36 days til the Surf Coast Trail Marathon

I have no idea how it got so close to race day without me realizing it, but we’re almost 5 weeks out and I haven’t run since last Saturday. Winter isn’t even really here in Melbourne yet, so I wasn’t expecting to be felled by a cold for some time. I got one anyway. Coughs,…

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…

Surf Coast Trail marathon Race Recap

The Surf Coast Trail Marathon has a tagline: ‘Hardest or hilliest? NO. Just one of the most BEAUTIFUL coastal trails runs going’ and Saturday 27th June did not disappoint. Over 220 runners – only 72 of whom were women, including me – turned out for the solo marathon and we were treated to the sight of…

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…

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…

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…

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…