The overall goal was to enjoy the course, take lots of pictures and treat it as a “one and done” once in a lifetime experience.
Let’s just admit right here that me doing this two months in a row is an accomplishment right here! Welcome to How it’s going, my month in review post. Last month was the first edition, so hopefully I can learn and grow with each month. March was all about the rebuilding after the storm that … Continue reading How it’s going: April ‘23 in review
I’m pretty sure last time I did this race in 2021 that it would be my last time. This race had been my nemesis, my white whale if you like. For whatever reason I just couldn’t get it right. I won’t retread the same old weary paths as my “learning experiences” at Maroondah have already … Continue reading Race recap: Maroondah Dam 50k
Training for Ultra Trail Australia, the race I had no intention of doing but got suckered into when someone said I couldn’t do it, is in full swing. Actually, with less than a month to go, it should be almost at the end but I’ve entered the picture smack bang in the middle of peak … Continue reading Race report: Sharpy’s Beer Run 2023
I’m going to try something new. My planner has a page at the end of every month that has a collection of reflective questions. They mostly centre around things you achieved in the month, things/people you are grateful for and the baby steps you took towards your higher goals. To be honest I usually skip … Continue reading How it’s going: March ’23 in review
It felt serious. Sharp, direct, disabling. It was so bad that it broke my heart and forced me to pull out of an event I’d had on my calendar and trained for for three years. Turns out, my arse is just lazy. Yes it feels like a personal attack to me too. A attack on … Continue reading Injury update
Yes ok so it turned to shit and I didn't finish my race. I think everyone got that memo. And yes I've also reached the anger stage of the 5 Stages of Grief so bare with me here. In sorting through the emotions of falling short on such a big goal, I've been reflecting on … Continue reading Lessons from my first attempt at the Tarawera 100 miler
It's 7 am here in Rotorua and if everything had gone to plan, I'd still be running. I'd hopefully be leaving the Redwoods aid station and completing the last 6 km of my first 100 mile race. But instead, I'm here, drinking coffee in my pjs on the back deck of an Air Bnb analysing … Continue reading Time to call it: another DNF Tarawera 100 mile
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!
"Trail and ultra running is inclusive". There are few things at the moment that get my blood boiling as much as this sentence, especially when it comes from a middle aged white man. "Ultra marathon running attracts a certain type of person", they say when questioned about the fact that there are a significant amount … Continue reading How much does it cost to run 100 miles?