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It's simple, I love running and most of all I love running in bare feet!  While I did start in shoes like almost all runners, I quickly moved into barefoot shoes.  Then, after about 5 years of road marathons I took the plunge and threw the shoes away altogether!  Since then I have run two road marathons in bare feet without a scratch.  Rocky trails were much harder and after about a year of trying I couldn't get past 25km without doing damage so I'm now back in minimal Vibrams which seems to be the perfect compromise.  I still do grass oval speed work barefoot which is awesome.  Nothing better than running bare footed!

 

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Saturday 17th August 2019
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By JP

Little Wobby isn't technically a part of the GNW but it is a part of the GNW 100 course so I'm including it!

This exploration started off at Patonga beach, which is the start of the race.  I followed the GNW course up the climb to Warrah Lookout and wow was it incredible.  It was then mostly fire trail until near

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Category: Training Runs
Sunday 4th August 2019
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By JP

UTA was a massive journey both physically and mentally and now that I had achieved the goal of completing it, it was time to focus on a new goal - getting moving again!

 

Honestly, I was pretty banged up after UTA and after a couple weeks of walking I started running again only to discover a cranky ITB.  It was only

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Saturday 6th July 2019
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By JP

This week it was back to Girrakool but striking out towards Somersby to check out the other section of GNW.  Just like last week this was incredibly beautiful but subtly different.

I first made the descent along Piles Creek and over the suspension bridge then made my way along Mooney Mooney Creek and under the Mooney Mooney bridge,

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Category: Training Runs
Saturday 29th June 2019
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By JP

Gearing up for GNW 100K it was time to do a little more exploration and see what I was in for!  This time I headed down to Girrakool to go visit Mt Wondabyne, the highest point on the Central Coast.

 

The route was 30km in total and was an out-and-back which consisted mostly of technical single trail and a little bit

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Category: Training Runs
Saturday 18th May 2019
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By JP

Well, I made the start line!  A little undercooked but I made it!  I was told 20% of entrants don't make the start and then another 20% that start don't make the finish.  The odds weren't in my favour but I didn't care.  I just wanted to run and see how far I could go.

 

Standing on the

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Category: Trail Events
Sunday 5th May 2019
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By JP

Still feeling a little bit limpy from my Jabulani fail I got into the physio as soon as I could.  With UTA only 6 weeks away I was feeling pretty shattered but hopeful things would still work out OK. 

My physio was quite confident that I hadn't torn anything, which is good.  She said my soleus is just super tight

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Saturday 6th April 2019
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By JP

The last few training days before Jabulani I started with a niggle in my left calf.  It felt like the kind of niggle that will go away once warmed up but as it turns out,  I was wrong.

I started the race with the best intentions but after the first 5km I knew things weren't going to play out well.  The niggle was

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Category: Trail Events
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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By JP

Last week I hit 60km a week again, which is almost back to where I need to be in prep for Mount Solitary 45km in April and then UTA100 in May!  I still don't know how I'm going to manage UTA100 by May but I just need to trust my training and hopefully make it through without injury.

The last 6 weeks of building 10% per

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Category: Training Runs
Tuesday 25th September 2018
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By JP

After an awesome weekend away I was keen to reach my goal of running again without walking intervals.  Hopefully by the end of this week that would be a reality.

I kicked off the week with running 800m per 1km for 5km.  I built this up over the next few days until finally knocking over 5km on Saturday.  Now, not sure

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Tuesday 11th September 2018
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By JP

With the success of last week I was keen to keep picking up the metres but of course, still play it safe.  The inside of my foot had been sore but I think that's mainly due to overcompensating and nothing to do with the recovering fracture.

Tuesday I kicked off with another 5km walk but this time I was able to run 500m each

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