I was asked recently by a well-intentioned stranger why and how I decided to get into ultra trail running. I gave her the stock standard reply of "I started small, got to the marathon, couldn't get any faster, so went longer". She seemed happy with that and we both went about the business. It wasn't … Continue reading My thank you to Samantha Gash
Mother’s Day, Easter, Anzac Day, Gold Coast Marathon, all cancelled due to COVID-19. It might seem a little strange for some to include Gold Coast Marathon into this list of yearly events but for 41 years, the Gold Coast marathon has been on the calendar of almost 10,000 people. For the past 6 years, I’ve … Continue reading A different Gold Coast marathon
It's now a few weeks into June and writing about a "pro-police" virtual running festival that took place over the month of May might be a bit on the nose for some. But before anyone reading this starts sending me hate mail, let me first start by saying that I am in Melbourne, Australia. That … Continue reading A month in review: May 2020 #Run4Blue
I came away from the 2019 Old Ghost Ultra feeling like I had let myself down. Finish line with Phil Rossiter -2019 Strange, since I had no expectations and it had been a long time since I had any desire or drive to go fast or faster in my case. But nonetheless I was not … Continue reading The (Old Ghost) road to improvement- Lessons from 2020
“You will most likely loose the will to live”, were the comforting words provided by Old Ghost Race director Phil Rossiter, a mere 12 hours before the starting line count down of the Old Ghost Ultramarathon in Seddonville. I smiled, a nervous, excited smile. I remembered last year, I smiled. He was full of shit. … Continue reading Race recap- Old Ghost Ultra 2020
I had originally written this post whilst sitting in the terminal at Melbourne Airport patiently waiting for my 11:55PM Jetstar flight to Christchurch to begin our 4th New Zealand trail running adventure. But for some reason the internet ate it, so here we are again! With the NZ trail running season kicking of in Rotorua … Continue reading Trail running in NZ? Tips for Navigating NZ customs
I'm sitting here 4 weeks out from my A race, eating a hot cross bun in January (don't judge me!), feeling sorry for myself and lamenting over my crapping week of training. All week I've been listening to hormone related podcasts, each focusing on different aspects of how training impacts your hormones and body, about … Continue reading Training diary- Stress is stress, so calm the f down!
2019. Well it wasn't as bad as 2018. 2018 was about rediscovering my love of running, of the process as David Roche would say, after being injured and sidelined for three months and attending my goal race on crutches. 2019 was about rebuilding my body for running. I started the year as I usually do … Continue reading 2019- A year of running in review
Australia is burning. There isn't a pretty or polite way to say it. Animals were all know, koalas, kangaroos, possums and those we don't like dunnarts and black cockatoos, are literally burning alive and the ones that survive have no where to live to and nothing to eat. I'm not interested in getting political and … Continue reading How runners can help the Australian bush fire crisis?
I've been a little slack with the old blog lately, so as part of my 2020 New Years Resolutions, you can now expect something from me each Sunday. It could be a weekly training recap, a race review or just some random thoughts on food, running, trails or whatever takes my fancy to be honest! … Continue reading Training diary- less than 50 days to go until Old Ghost