It's now a few weeks into June and writing about a "pro-police" virtual running festival that took place over the month of May might be a bit on the nose for some. But before anyone reading this starts sending me hate mail, let me first start by saying that I am in Melbourne, Australia. That … Continue reading A month in review: May 2020 #Run4Blue
“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'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
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.
Sweet and endearing as it may sound, the Berry Long Run is more than just a play on words. Held every year in August for the past 5 years, the race that raises funds for children's charity, Berry Street is a favourite amongst Victorian runners but with only 40k and 70k distances is not at … Continue reading Race Review: Berry Long Run 70k
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
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
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
There are five stages of grief. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I call bullshit. It's mostly anger and depression. Over and over again. There may have been fleeting moments of denial and bargaining but they happened so quickly my anger and depression barely skipped a beat. There are moments of "it could be worse", … Continue reading Where to now? Tales of an injured runner