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'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
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
"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
When I signed up for both the Old Ghost Ultra and the Shotover Moonlight Marathon I had just listened to Rich Roll interview Jessie Itzler. I don't remember the actual quote but the essence of his story still haunts me. He said that he was about to turn 50. The average person in America lives … Continue reading Race Review: Old Ghost Ultra 85k
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