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!
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
Anyone know who knows me or follows me on socials knows there are two very special pooches in my life, 6 year old lab x kelpie Freddo and his slightly OCD adopted younger sister, 4 year old kelpie Charlie. Freddo is just like any other lab, he loves people and food, in no particular order. … Continue reading Running with dogs
"Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” - Otto Von Bismarck It's been almost four weeks since my trot on the Old Ghost Road. My feet have healed, my ego callused and the paint has dried enough on my post race emotions to begin to dissect and rebuild. Here's some … Continue reading The 5 things you can learn from my Old Ghost Ultra
If you are a trail runner in Australia, NZ or Europe you have inevitably faced the list of mandatory gear required for some of the longer trail runs. From just a water bottle to a full set of thermals and wet weather gear, the amount of gear varies greatly across races. The amount and type … Continue reading Holy mandatory gear Batman!
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock. As you start to train and build up to a big race or event a rhythm forms. At first it's a little clunky, muscles hurt, calluses form, blisters come and go but after a while it builds to a gentle hum. Left, right, left, right, tick, tock, tick, tock. … Continue reading Less than two weeks to go… taper time
I've been a little awol lately. I've been working and running and thinking and planning. Frosty sunrise on my Saturday morning run, it was -1 and my hair frozeAfter being sidelined, I have been trying my best to "listen to my body" as everyone says. If somethings hurts I don't push through, I'm drinking more … Continue reading My latest running challenge- The NZ Sth Island double
Dear Pull buoy, We need to talk. I'm sure this isn't coming as a surprise to you. It's not you, it's me. From the moment my osteopath introduced us, I knew friendship was not in our future. I admit, I judged you from the beginning. I'm not proud of it, but I think I need … Continue reading Making friends with a pull buoy
Being injured and on the bench is meant to show me what's important in life. It's meant to highlight all the things that I never have time for because of training and racing. You know, going out with friends, reading books, binge watching Netflix (oh wait I do that when I'm not injured!), all the … Continue reading A runners identity: Who am I if I’m not running
The drive into Rotorua was hard. Seeing the forest, smelling the Sulfur. Remembering the pre-race nerves and the post race excitement and relief of last year, it all came flooding back as tears down my cheeks. The disappointment was just so raw. But my husband was so excited to run this race and I was … Continue reading Thoughts on Being injured at a running festival