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. Fast forward a couple years I have completed two 100km ultras in Vibram V-Trails and while my feet were mostly fine for that distance, my goal of completing a 100 miler is not going to happen in such minimal shoes. Research led me to Altra's Lone Peak shoes, which so far have been amazing. Zero drop and barefoot feel might be the next compromise I need to reach my goal. Guess we'll see!
Friday 27th September 2019
I left it a little late to build up for this race due to sickness, recovering toes from kicking a tree root and a holiday. All that said, though, I did have a good 4 week block where I could get in some good miles so I decided to go for it and register for the race. I'd either make it through the training or break something.... more
Saturday 17th August 2019
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!
Sunday 4th August 2019
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... more
Saturday 6th July 2019
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.
Saturday 29th June 2019
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... more
Saturday 18th May 2019
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... more
Sunday 5th May 2019
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.
Saturday 6th April 2019
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.
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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.
Tuesday 25th September 2018
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.