About 12 months ago now I received a phone call out of the blue from a work colleague of mine who basically said “Wanna come and do Everast Base camp with us?” Obviously the answer was “hell yes” with many exclamation points but it was a question that I didn’t know at the time would … Continue reading Like a girl: I’m off the pill & training with my cycle
I was asked recently by a well-intentioned stranger why and how I decided to get into ultra trail running. I gave her the stock standard reply of "I started small, got to the marathon, couldn't get any faster, so went longer". She seemed happy with that and we both went about the business. It wasn't … Continue reading My thank you to Samantha Gash
“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
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
Australia is burning. There isn't a pretty or polite way to say it. Animals were all know, koalas, kangaroos, possums and those we don't like dunnarts and black cockatoos, are literally burning alive and the ones that survive have no where to live to and nothing to eat. I'm not interested in getting political and … Continue reading How runners can help the Australian bush fire crisis?
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
The forecast said showers. Anyone who lives in or around Melbourne knows the weather forecast should always be taken with enough salt to induce heart failure. Grains need not apply. "Showers" could mean 5 seconds of rain followed by a glorious sunny day and it could also mean flash flooding, winds that feel like they … Continue reading Race review: Surf Coast Trail Marathon
Oh Mount Macedon, you beautiful, complicated, soul destroying bitch. Last weekend, I returned to the scene of the crime, my first ever run back at the mountain that was my first foray into the bush and the kilometres past the marathon. To provide some perspective, my first experience was so traumatic that I waited 5 … Continue reading Race review: Mt Macedon 50k trail race
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
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!