Ultra Running Melbourne 30/50 Challenge 2012

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 I was diagnosed with haemophilus influenza. 9 days before 30/50 or 6 days after my GNW DNF I was still having problems with my breathing. I was getting worse. My strengthened asthma drugs were not working at all. I felt like I was only breathing out of one lung. I could feel something blocking my bronchioles on my right side. I was worried. It felt like I had a growth of some sort. I actually thought the worst, I was thinking cancer I felt so sick. I decided that I would go back to the doctor and get a referral for a specialist.

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Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Review

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 the Monday in my f-lite 190 without any problems. Continue reading “Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Review”

Surf Coast Century 2012 – Start to CP2

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,  tri-belt, TNF  visor (why don’t other race organizers make awesome caps like TNF cap?) running sunnies. That was just what I was racing in. I had the mandatory race kit including the most extensive first aid kit I’ve ever had to carry, wind proof jacket, whistle, mobile, all my nutrition that consisted of Hammer Electrolyte Fizz, Hammer Tropical Gel, Hammer Expresso Gel, Hammer Perpetuem, Hammer Recoverite
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Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Start to CP2

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 Winner Sarah Burgess. Sarah Burgess is in great form and she had a star studded team around her featuring all sub 3 hour marathon runners. I have personally never competed in a road marathon but I know you have to be an amazing runner to achieve a sub-3 hour marathon. The Orange Whips were also looking strong on paper too. Oasis Property had some talented trail runners also, they initially asked me to be on their team but I later turned them down wanting to have the chance to run and train with my good friend Beth Cardelli in the No Roads Expeditions Team.

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Outback Marathon 2012 With Jayne Andrews

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 clearly sick as a dog with a fever and suffering from the Flu. I sent her home early from her PT session as she could barely manage a sit up. I was not sure if she was going to make the full distance of the Outback Marathon 42.2 Kms only 4 days later. Jayne showed her true sprit and surprised me. She ran a PB on a tough course with over 8 sand dunes to cross. Even with the Flu and all the sand dunes she managed a PB by 7 minutes. Well done Jayne. Jayne is an inspiration and I am so proud of her. Here is her race report.

Damn all those sand dunes

Outback Marathon 2012 Race Report

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5 Things not to do before the Mount Solitary Ultra

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. I don’t think it helped with the swelling. I think it made  the swelling worse. I’ve taken an antihistamine and the swelling has gone, well mostly anyway.
  • 5- Maybe don’t do the Mount Solitary Ultra because it is an ankle killer. But where is the fun in “Don’t”?

Source Spinner Pro 2 Backpack Review

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. The hose is insulated to help keep your fluids cool. This also helps add to the durability of the hose by cutting down UV degeneration.

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. The hose is insulated to help keep your fluids cool. This also helps add to the durability of the hose by cutting down UV degeneration.

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Source Spinner Pro 2 Back View

On the back left side compartment you would store a water proof jacket and water proof pants. Also on the main body of the pack is 2 mesh gel flask size pockets in an accessible position. You could also use these pockets for gel flasks, gels, power balls or any other fuels you like to use.

Beef Koftas with Puy Lentils

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

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Nikki Wynd’s 5 tips for the You Yangs 2012

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 race with lots of friendly faces, enjoy it.  

Naomi Eastment

 

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 got a bit older I started to run. I think thats why I am confident on technical trails as I have been running on them since I was quite young.

 Training for the six foot track for the first time really opened my eyes up to trail running though. I had to find some tough trails to train on so I was race fit and when I came across some fantastic tracks out the back of Wandandian I just fell in love. I have run trails pretty much exclusively since.

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