Vibram Tarawera Ultra Marathon

Tarawera Ultra

Wow what a line up to be part of at the Vibram Tarawera Ultra Marathon. I was so fortunate to be invite to race against the best athletes in the oceanic region. In Australia there is no better athlete than Beth Cardelli (Salomon) and in New Zealand Ruby Muir (Five Fingers UltrAspire and Barefoot Inc) is the young gun powering though the trails in her five fingers. I was so please to be named amongst these class athletes running for the 100km title. Niki Wynd (Hokka) and emerging athlete Steph Gasset were lining up for the 60km event and Canadian 100 Miler runner Candice Burt (Salomon) were also amongst the individual line up. This was a great race. The competition… Read More →

AURA Australian Ultra Runners Trail National Championships

AURA Australian Ultra Runners Trail National Championships Maroondah Dam

I was asked by my sponsors Inov8 and Barefoot Inc to race in the Tarawera Ultramarathon Rotarura in New Zealand just 12 days before AURA Australian Ultra Runners National Trail Championships, Maroondah Dam. Being asked to race for your sponsor is a great honour and I did not want to let them down. It also meant that I had to pull out of the iconic 6 Foot Track 45km Trail Event scheduled the week before Tarawera Ultramarathon. I was bummed that I was not going to get a tough race in before Northburn and Tarawera. I then spotted the Maroondah Dam AURA Australian Ultra Trail Running Championships and I thought that it would serve as the perfect lead up to… Read More →

Sydney Trail Series Manly Dam 2012

Trail Running Shona Stephenson Manly Dam

I was knackered. I had been diagnosed with haemophilus influenza only 12 days earlier. 5 Days after my diagnosis I ran the 30/50 Challenge with my good friend and No Roads Team Mate Beth Cardelli in the 50km event. We won the female division and we came 3rd overall. I was still really sick and lethargic. My goal for the Sydney Trail Series was to just win nothing more. Just do what you have to to win. There is always a doubt in your head. Is there going to be an amazing local 10k specialist who will turn up and blitz the field? This is always my thoughts when I enter an event. After the safety brief we were off… Read More →

Goodbye 2012

Shona Stephenson Trail Running Ultra Runner 002

I finished up work for 2012, and decided that I was going to start up http://ultratrainingaustralia.com Ultra Training Australia with my good mate Brendan Davies. To help Ultra Runners properly prepare for their next up coming event. There is so much I’d love to share, so many mistakes that I’ve made and I’ve learnt from I’d love to help out other runners. I love trail running and I get so much enjoyment watching other runners find pleasure in Trail Running. There nothing like a new challenge to add to my already hectic life. I was off and driving to South West Rocks for a much needed holiday. I was planing on doing the exact training program that Brendan and I… Read More →

Clarke McClymont Interview

Clarke McClymont Winner of the GNW100k

Congratulations Clarke McClymont on winning the GNW 100k race, your sub 10 hours time is simply amazing. I know you have been training hard for the GNW. How many hours a week did you manage to get out on the trail to train? Clarke McClymont: Hi Shona, only 1 day on the course with Beth(65km), other than that I just ran at home on the coast through the bush, beach, rocks and some cliff hikes.     Shona; Your a tree arborist, how does your day job effect the way that you race? Your upper body strength is a stand out. My husband wants your guns [Mikey’s Editors note, I never actually said that Shona, maybe it’s you who wishes I had Clarke’s guns]… Read More →

Brendan Davies

Brendan Davies Ultra Running Sydney Trail Runner Australia GNW100s B

Brendan Davies, what can I say. You just broke the GNW record by over 2.5 hours in your first 100 mile event. Smashing through the 20 hours barrier convincingly with a blistering time of 19 hours 27 minutes. I heard from your pacer Joe Brischetto (Kanangra 50/50 winner) that you just got faster and faster. You’ve proven that you can go fast over any terrain and distance. I think we can safely call you a living legend.   Shona; Brendan Davies What was your race plan for your first 100 mile event?

GOW 100K Trail Race 2012

Isobel Bespalov Trail Running nearly-there

The GOW 100k was my second 100k trail race, after my first, The North Face 100 in the Blue Mountains. I still felt like I didn’t know what I was doing! I expected the course to be much flatter and with a lot less stairs. Also, the mandatory gear requirements were less stringent, which, thankfully, meant I was carrying less. This race was run along the Great Ocean Walk coastal trail, which is located along the Great Ocean Road on the Victorian coast. The course itself was a mixture of fire trails, beaches and single track. The commonality of all of those was the beautiful scenery. The race started in Apollo Bay and wound its way around to Port Campbell…. Read More →

Pre-Race Berry Oats

Pre-Race Berry Oats Trail Running Recipe 002

Travelling Pre-Race Eat Out of the Container Berry Oats Break-fast Calories 482 Fat 18.5g Sodium 161mg Carbs 72.3 Protein 17.9 Make this Trail Running Recipe the night/day before your event. 1/2-3/4 Cup of Traditional Rolled Oats 1/2-3/4 Cup of Jalna Premium Natural Yogurt 1/2 Cup of Frozen Berries THIS ONLY WORKS IF THE BERRIES ARE FROZEN 1/4 Cup of Milo

Hammer Bar Chocolate Chip

Hammer Bar Chocolate Chip Review Trail Running Nutrition 001

Hammer Bar in the Chocolate Chip flavor saved my bacon during the Surf Coast Century When nothing was sitting well in my gut due to the heat or runners gut I could still stomach the Hammer Bar Chocolate Chip. It also saved me while running Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney when I was feeling dizzy after 80ks. Hammer bar Chocolate Chip went down like a dream. I am now lucky enough to be sponsored by Hammer Nutrition. Thank you Hammer. What I love about Hammer Bar’s is that they really yummy. They are made from all natural certified organic food sources. The Hammer Bar Chocolate Chip is made up with the following ingredient;

Weight Loss Stir Fry

Wight Loss Stri Fry Recipe

Serves 1 Calories 372 2 Egg Whites (When I’m not pre-event dieting I allow 1 egg Yoke) 3/4! Cup of Frozen Peas 1 Cup of Water Boiled to defrost the Peas 90g Pumpkin sliced 3 Medium Mushrooms sliced 65ml! Lite Coconut Milk 1 Tsp Canola Oil 3/4 Cup of Cabbage Sliced 1 tsp of Coriander Chopped 1 tsp of Curry Powder

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 →