With five weeks to go until my first 100 mile race and the panic and paranoia is starting to set in. It’s the prequel to the ultimate taper tantrum that often includes buying shit you don’t need, over analysing your training, foam rolling (because you literally have never used the thing) and research into all … Continue reading The prequel to the taper tantrum- 35 days to go!
Every year at Christmas I sit down and watch the movie version of the Broadway musical 'Rent'. It's my end of year tradition. "How do you measure, measure a year?" they ask and each holiday season I asked myself the same thing. Luckily for runners, Strava has that in the bag, publishing their 2022 Recap … Continue reading 2022: A year in running
It's pretty easy sometimes to get caught up in dumb shit. I'm not proud of it, but the other day I spent all day stressing and desperately googling to find a solution to someone changing a running shoe. I'm sure if you follow me on Instagram or over here on this little blog you would … Continue reading A little perspective goes a long way
I bought a new pair of shoes this week. Hardly newsworthy or revolutionary I admit. "Runner buys new shoes" is hardly the stuff of Pulitzer Prizes. There was nothing fancy about them. They weren't a brand new make or model, a limited edition or anything with the word 'carbon' in the title (or the price). … Continue reading WTF! They ruined my favourite shoe!
With a long run on the calendar, it seemed like the logical thing to sign up for a run at the You Yangs Trail Festival and treat it as a practice run for Cairns to Port Douglas in only a month or so. The You Yangs are my local trails so paying money (to a … Continue reading Race recap: 2022 You Yangs 30k
It’s called waiting room bargaining. It starts with a twinge, a dull ache, a singular short sharp pain. It induces unease, rapid heart rate, dooms day thoughts, strange phantom pains in other random places and excessively unhealthy googling. Dr Google escalates it to cancer, amputation and death. And then suddenly there you are, in the … Continue reading Waiting room bargaining
“Not all crazy idea are great, but all great ideas are crazy” I’m not sure where I heard that, maybe the Free Trail podcast, I know Elon Musk has said something similar, but it really applies to ultra running. The Tarawera 100 mile race has been my A race for two years now, but a … Continue reading My 2022 (and 23) running goals
I’m still here. I find myself saying that a lot lately. I’m still here. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of the internet, maybe it’s lockdown, maybe it’s a completely unoriginal midlife crisis, but I’ve been doing a lot of reflection and a lot of looking back lately, in order to work out what I want going … Continue reading I’m still here
Control. How much control can you have in 2021? A lot in some areas, not a lot in others. It seems crazy to be planning races and adventures and travel. It feels more exciting than it has in the past, more risky, more privileged. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t travel 5km last year, or because … Continue reading Training update
Well well well. After saying I was going to do it for at least three weeks, here we are at the end of a half successful week of “training”. I say half successful because I’m not entirely stoked with my week but I’ve come to realise that training is a bit of a work in … Continue reading Actually training: not just running, week 1