Motivation Madness

Whether you’re just starting out or have been in the game for years, running can be a very rewarding pastime. It boosts your mood, tones your body, tunes up the heart and circulatory system and burns off excess calories. And when you’re in the zone there’s nothing else quite like it, it’s meditation on the…

Movie Review: The Search for Freedom

I generally find sportspeople are not well suited to explaining just what it is about their sport they love. They try, but it always seems to boil down to unimaginative responses such as this gem from pro-snowboarder Annie Boulanger on why she’s so obsessed with boarding: “It’s like breathing. Like the best breath you can…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Putting yourself first is not selfish.

I doubt I am the only person confessing to it at this time of year, but I have well and truly run myself into the ground. The irony of it being that very little actual running was involved. Where I work is generally quite conducive to a regular schedule. Engineers love routine and they hate…

Am I being lazy or do I just really need a break?

I would definitely call myself a perfectionist. Over the years I have managed to tone down and distract this side of my personality so I don’t become completely frozen every time I want to try something new. But what if I look stupid? What if I can’t do it? What if people think badly of…

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…

Are you really a really Real Runner?

On our long run last Saturday ULUR Sister and I were discussing those people who insist that you’re not really a runner if you walk during a race. Or any run. It’s one of those subjects that – to put it mildly – seems to divide opinion. Obviously you know which side of the fence…