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…

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…

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…

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…