Ultra Running Melbourne 30/50 Challenge 2012

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I jumped at the chance to race for No Roads Expeditions Trail Running Team. I was even more excited when my training partner Beth Cardelli said she’d travel down to the Mornington Peninsular to race the 30/50 Challenge too. Beth and I had unfinished business. Beth sadly had to pull out of our No Roads Expeditions Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney team with an injury. We both trained hard together and we were busting to race together rather than race against each other. We were both keen to run together and give each other a real push. I’m a great starter she is a great finisher. Together we will make a great team. There was only problem. 6 days before the event… Read More →

Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Review

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Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Male or 236 Female   I was given a pair of inov-8 trailroc 245 by my sponsors Barefoot Inc to try (They can be a uni-sex fit if needed). I was keen to give them a go. I tested them to the max, wearing the inov-8 trailroc on a rocky hill session on the Tuesday around Watson’s bay, then a Friday Night a 28km trail run (carrying a 3kilos of gear in my pack), Saturday 18km trail run (carrying a 3kilos of gear in my pack) and a Sunday 32 km trail run (carrying a 3kilos of gear in my pack) all along the ruggered GNW and my feet felt nice and protected. I could train on… Read More →

Surf Coast Century 2012 – Start to CP2

Surf Coast Century Shona Stephenson

Getting to the Start to Check Point 2 Torquay Point Danger.   A sick feeling of dread flowed through my entire body while I was standing in the Virgin Australia Que at Sydney Airport. I thought I was totally organized for the inaugural Surf Coast Century 2012. It was my first time I was traveling inter-state for a race and I was so pumped. I was flying from Sydney to Melbourne, then hiring a car from Melbourne Airport and driving to Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road. I’d packed my inov8 x-talon 190,UltrAspire Surge Back pack, 2XU Inov8 and barefoot Inc Branded elite compression shorts, bra and presentation jacket (all thanks to my awesome sponsors Barefoot Inc), socks, calf guards, … Read More →

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Start to CP2

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 start of the race Shona Stephenson

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Start to CP2 Berowra 28.5km With a cheer we were off and running in the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. I could not help myself I had to be at the front. I like to get rid of nervous energy. I’m like a horse at the gates, I just love to race. I ran out quick but well under my anaerobic threshold and I just was happy to stretch my legs along the road and have a clean run to up the first fire trail. In 2012 there were some really strong teams competing in Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. Our main rival for the mixed category was to be the Gu Nathan team featuring the Wellington Marathon 2012… Read More →

Outback Marathon 2012 With Jayne Andrews

Outback Marathon 2012 Starters Jayne Andrews trail running australia

Jayne Andrews ran the Outback Marathon 2012 she is one of my most committed PT clients for about a year now. After running a Team Event Coastrek 50km Palm Beach to Balmoral Beach in March 2012, she decided that she wanted to do the Outback Marathon at Uluru. It was mainly on a trail and sand so I really encouraged her to enter the event. We then worked out a training program. Jayne fought her way through injuries and illnesses. Yet she remained committed athlete. She always turned up to training no matter what. Jayne always completed her long runs. Only 4 days before the Outback Marathon she arrived at training at 5:45am after having gastro the day before and… Read More →

5 Things not to do before the Mount Solitary Ultra

Trail Runner Shona Stephenson at Mount Solitary

5 Things not to do before the Mount Solitary Ultra by Shona Stephenson   1 – Don’t sprain your ankle 3 weeks before the Mount Solitary UltraMount Solitary Ultra whilst being really stupid jumping over a fence. It was bad enough I went to the hospital for x-rays. No breaks, Lucky. 2 – Don’t sprain your again ankle a week before Mt Solitary 2012 whilst training a PT Client on a Friday Night. 3 – Don’t sprain your ankle again on the same Friday Night whilst running with Beth Cardelli a week before the Mount Solitary Ultra. I did not learn my lesson. 4 – Don’t use too much voltaren on your swollen ankle, I think I now have an intolerance…. Read More →

Source Spinner Pro 2 Backpack Review

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Source Spinner Pro 2 Backpack Review, I won the as a prize for winning the Footpoint Trail Series 2012. Thank You Footpoint Trail Series. The Source Spinner Pro 2 is a Mountain Bike Hydration Pack.It comes with it’s own Source Widepac 2L bladder. The bladder has a bright orange easy slider opening. The bladder fits snuggly into the right side zip compartment.You can turn the mouth piece on and off and it has a nice bite flow of water. It will not leak under pressure and it flows with all mouth orientations. It comes with an adjustable dirt shield on the shoulder strap. The hydration pack is Taste- Free, Bacteria-Free. The Source Spinner Pro 2 Widepac comes with crush and leak proof technology…. Read More →

Beef Koftas with Puy Lentils

Beef Koftas with Puy Lentils Recipe Trail Running Nutrition

Beef Koftas with Puy Lentils Great trail running nutrition perfect for a post race recovery meal after long runs or after events. This is a fantastic meal to make instead of spaghetti bolognese. The lentils are high in iron, fibre and are a nutrient packed slow burning carb. Serves 2, Each Serving has 512 Calories, Fat 21.3g, Sodium 978mg, Carbs 35.9g, Protein 47.4g, Fibre 11.7g. 1 Cup of Puy or French Style Lentils 1 Stock Cube (Whatever flavour you like) 1 Bay Leaf 300g Lean Beef Mince (For weight loss or if you are a female use only 200g) 1 Egg 1 Small handful of finely chopped Parsley 1/2t Cumin Flour 1T Canola Oil 1 Can of Tomatoes 1T of Tahini

Nikki Wynd’s 5 tips for the You Yangs 2012

Trail Running Australia 5 Tips Trail Running Tips

5 tips for running the You Yangs 2012 from last years winner Nikki Wynd 1. Get out and train on the course as much as possible. 2. Plan your nutrition for the race and stick to it. I am doing the 80kms this year so will be using gels & perpetuem solids and food from the checkpoints 3. Plan your race.  I always have a certain time in mind, and a pace I want to stick to and try not to get caught up in what other people are doing.  Stick to your own game plan 4. Do a mini taper & carbo load – of course depending on what distance you are doing!   5. Have fun. Its an awesome… Read More →

Naomi Eastment

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  Naomi Eastment has been running trail for only two years. She has battled through back and Achilles injuries to run her first marathon to qualify for the 6 Foot Track. Naomi only a year later pushed the boundaries to run her first 100km event The North Face 100km (TNF ). Find out what has been the key to her quick succession through the kilometers to run her first 100km event.   Shona. How did you get into trail running? Naomi. As a Kid I grew up near the bush. I spent a lot of time exploring with my dog and I had an overwhelming sense of adventure. This gave me my love of nature and trails and as I… Read More →