Religion, politics, diet and now the requirement for race medals has been added to the list of things you don't talk about at a dinner table filled with runners. It's a hot topic that gets just as many passionate opinions on the Facebook groups as the carbs v fats debate. On one hand are the … Continue reading From medals to tattoos, Permanently commemorating your run
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
Wow where to begin? The Shotover Moonlight Marathon. I got a helicopter to the start line. Not a tram or a bus, a helicopter! I'm not usually a fan of helicopters, I don't see what all the fuss is about, but the air inside this chopper was rife with nervous excitement. You could almost here … Continue reading Race review: Shotover Moonlight Marathon
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!
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
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
There are some races that people just bleat about. Oh the course is so amazing, the views are epic, the volunteers are incredible, the medals are the best ever, I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. The Two Bays Trail run, comprising of a 28K one way and a 56 K round trip option on … Continue reading Two Bays 56k Trail Ultra- race recap
Breathe, breathe, in, out, in, out. I am running my first 100 mile race in 32 days. And I have a niggle. A big one. Breathe out. You know what's a little funny (but not really), I've never had an injury before. A little bit (or a lot of) soreness but never an actual injury. … Continue reading Injured with 32 days to go!
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?