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Ultra running inov-8 trailroc review

inov 8 Trailroc 255 Review

by Shona Stephenson on June 18, 2013

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Gluten Free Lunch For Ultra Running

Gluten Free Lunch for Ultra Running

by Shona Stephenson on May 14, 2013

A tasty gluten free lunch, super low in calories for when you’re trying to get down to race weight.

Total Calories 464.6

1 Tsp of Olive Oil

3 Small Potatoes Cut into Quarters

7 Cherry Tomatoes

1cm of 1/2 a Pumpkin Diced

2 Eggs (Give one yoke to your dog)

1/2 Container of Spinach

1/4 Cup of Nuts or Seeds Sprinkled on top

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Tarawera Ultra

Vibram Tarawera Ultra Marathon

by Shona Stephenson on March 24, 2013

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 was deep for the females and I was oh so happy to be invited to join in the fun. The men’s competition was thick and fast. With young gun Sage Canaday (Scott), western States Winner Timothy Olson (The North Face) last years 2nd placed Vajin Armstrong (UltrAspire/Saccony), Australian Aura Ultra Runner of 2012 Brendan Davis (Inov8 and Barefoot Inc) last years winner Mick Donges (Salmon). The elite athletes at the Vibram Tarawera Ultra Marathon were treated to press conferences, athlete seminars, guided tours of the Rotorua Springs and Traditional Maori Villages.

The race director Paul Charteris thought of everything in regards to promoting New Zealand, Rotorua and Trail Running as a sport and I was so please to be part of this classy event. After a slight nutrition malfunction at the airport where my expresso and vanilla Hammer Jugs were confiscated from me by Airport Security at Sydney. “Doh! You idiot”. I thought. I’m blaming my Hubby Mikey for suggesting that I pack them in my carry on to get through quarantine. I met up with Brendan in the duty free area and hung out and tried to relax. I was on a different flight to Brendan, we were to meet up in Auckland to fly to Rotorura on the same plane.

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AURA Australian Ultra Runners Trail National Championships Maroondah Dam

AURA Australian Ultra Runners Trail National Championships

by Shona Stephenson on February 22, 2013

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 Tarawera Ultra Marathon and Northburn 100. I am to race Northburn 100 the week after Tarawera Ultramarathon. I am going to fly back to Australia in between the two events to see my husband and kids before racing in New Zealand again.

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Clarke McClymont Winner of the GNW100k

Clarke McClymont Interview

by Shona Stephenson on November 26, 2012

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] , does this extra muscle change they way you run?

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Isobel Bespalov Trail Running nearly-there

GOW 100K Trail Race 2012

by Shona Stephenson on October 29, 2012

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.

Of course, being on the coast, we were subject to some tough weather conditions. We were faced with rain that came in sideways, and then warm sun that made me feel very hot! These two conditions kept swapping all day, but part of the challenge of an ultra race is dealing with different and difficult conditions. Such changes in weather also make a race more memorable, the coast is even more beautiful when the weather is blustery and wet.

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Hammer Bar Chocolate Chip Review Trail Running Nutrition 001

Hammer Bar Chocolate Chip

by Shona Stephenson on October 25, 2012

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;

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Surf Coast Century Winner Shona Stephenson

Surf Coast Century CP2 to Finish

by Shona Stephenson on October 11, 2012

Torquay CP2 to The Finish 100km Anglesea and Winning the Concrete Shoe!

At the the Surf Coast Century Torquay CP2 I quickly switched over my gels and water bottles in my pack. Up to 49kms I was running on Tropical Hammer Gels for my energy and Fizz for my Hydration. I also added in a small bottle of Perpetuem to add in around the 30km mark. I’d pre-made my water bottles, and my gel baggy’s so all I had to do was swap over my CP bags and water bottles. I then headed out of the check point.
The next section was made up of mainly rolling hills on a single man track or dirt path. We had been warned that the trail could be confusing through this section of the track. I ran back towards the beautiful Anglesea across the cliff tops, past Jan Jac Beach, Bells Beach where I was lead astray by a misplaced pink marker but I was lucky that I found another runner who was also turning back up the climb who had found his mistake. We pushed on together, chatted and were happy that we spotted another marker only 50m later. We then told two spectators to swap the pink marker to this trail and hopefully we helped any runners coming behind us. I then headed inland towards the check point 3 at Iron Bark Basin.

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Martin Fryer Interview Ultra Running Trail Running

Martin Fryer

by Shona Stephenson on September 19, 2012

Shona: I was first made aware of Martin Fryer when I was trying to pull out of my first ever marathon, Deep Space Mountain Marathon in 2009. The race organizer John Harding mentioned that even the World Champion and Commonwealth Champion Martin Fryer walks 3 minutes out of every 15 minutes whilst winning running his Multi day events. WTF? Who is this guy? And why is my first marathon going to feature this guy in the tiny field of 30?

Martin Fryer you are an Ultra Marathon Running Machine. A true champion. Winning the Sri Chimnoy 6 day Ultra Marathon in New York 2011 by completing 784km. You are the Australian National 48 Hour Track Champion with 388kms. You are the Commonwealth 24 hour record Holder with 255kms as well as achieving the 1st place and No 1 world ranking in the exclusive invitation only Surgeres 48 Track Ultra Marathon in France completing 433kms.

You are a husband, a father, a biomedical scientist, a sky diver gain WTF! As well as a talented tennis player and coach.

Shona: How on earth do you fit this all in? You are clearly a machine!

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Surf Coast Century 2012

by Shona Stephenson on September 19, 2012

I’m pretty excited. I’m heading interstate for the first time to the Surf Coast Century 2012 for a running holiday. No kids but sadly no husband. I spotted the Surf Coast Century at the beginning of the year. I thought it looked like an awesome way to clock up 100km.

This year I have already 2 race records for coastal events in 2012. Coastrek 50km Team Race Record of 6 hours 14 minutes from Palm Beach to Balmoral Beach and Coastal Classic 2:49 from Otford to Bundeena. Oxfam Trail Walker Sydney can be said to be similar terrain to a coastal event, as it is located along the Hawksbury River, Jerusalem Bay, Cowan Creek and Sydney Harbour. I again broke a record, I now hold the Mixed Course Record for Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney of 12 hours 18 minutes. It was competing in Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 was when I decided to go for the the hat trick of Coastal Events wins in a year.

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