“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 have to run because I enjoy it. It's time to finally admit that even though my ego would love to say I ran a 3:30 marathon, my heart just doesn't enjoy it anymore and that's ok.
When you start running, a general Google search, forum interrogation or running magazine gives you the same standard advice. "Run your own race", "Don't get caught out in the rush at the start", "fuel early, fuel often", "don't try anything new on race day", etc, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah. There's nothing wrong with this … Continue reading The PB that shouldn’t have happened- The Gold Coast Marathon race review
In 2016, I ran the Maroondah Dam 50k. It was my second ultramarathon and my second trail race (yes my first trail race was a 50k). I struggled, I got lost, I made a great friend and I created a steaming pile of unfinished business out on the Tanglefoot loop. The course was new and … Continue reading Race review: Maroondah Dam Trail Race
"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
I'm a little behind in my race reviews. Interesting because racing hasn't exactly been a focus of my year this year. I had a moment, well several moments if I'm being honest, earlier in the year when I literally prayed/begged to the universe to just be able to run 1 km. It felt like one … Continue reading Race Review: The Inaugural Portland 3 Bays 60km Trail Ultra
I know I know. Last week I said I was going to be better. Well I wasn’t. It’s now 10am Saturday, it’s going to be 43 degrees (110 F) and I’m sitting around waiting for the weather for change. Yep! I’d two coffees and a mango deep into a Grey’s Anatomy marathon. I’m sure I … Continue reading Tarawera Miler Training Diary- Week 6
I did it. I signed up for a 100 mile trail race. The inaugural Tarawera 100 mile Endurance Run. And I have 83 days to prepare! (Insert peeing pants emoji here!) I've never ran 100 miles before. I'm an Australian, we run in kilometres. In February this year, I ran my first 100km trail run, … Continue reading I signed up for a 100 mile race…. now what?