Surf Coast Century 2018 – The big DNF

Not finishing a race sucks. Failing sucks. But they’re not always the same thing. The Surf Coast Century 2018 was either one or the other (or both) for me, depending on your viewpoint. I’ll admit, going into race week I was very unhappy with the change to the start time. I wasn’t keen on getting…

Why Race Day shouldn’t be your reason to run

Every year around this time my ULUR website fees come due, and every year I toss up whether to pay them and keep this very sporadically maintained blog going. And never more so than after recent events. The start of my Surf Coast Century 2018 looked like this: And ended with me standing, frozen in…

January Jumble Post

I’m feeling a bit scattered and a lot busy this month. It’s bright and sunny and the outdoors is calling me, but I’m back at work and haven’t properly organised my training routine; reality is truly setting in. New Year’s resolutions are lots of fun to make and it can be all too easy to…

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…

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,…

A better way to set goals

It’s the New Year! The chance to turn your life around right? Well I don’t know about you but lately soooo many motivational posts I’ve seen have been boring and repetitive. Maybe it’s because I follow too many sports and fitness websites or perhaps it’s just that it was the holidays and people were getting lazy,…

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!! –…