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Ultramarathon

My plan to run even faster!

It has been a while since I have updated my blog and I have only just started posting frequently on my Facebook page again. The main reason is that I haven't been in any races since June (I think). After that I became quite sick with the flu, the first time being sick in over three years so that was a bit of a shock to the system! t meant having to pull out of two races that I had lined up to compete in and trying to recover. 

I was out of training for about three weeks so my body obviously wasn't in the best shape when I started training again.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

For as long as I can remember I have always been obsessed with Arnold Schwarzenegger films, I remember as a kid watching Terminator 2: Judgement day everyday and have watched it well over 100 times to date, it just never gets old!

When I entered my teens I started to learn more about this 'action hero' and was stunned by learning about how successful this man actually was, not only did he become the greatest bodybuilder of all time and the biggest action star on the planet but he made his first million through business decisions which included investing in real estate.

Cook's Tour 50 km Trail Ultramarathon



Last Sunday I took part in the Cook's Tour Ultramarathon, a 50 km trail race and my third Glasshouse Mountains race this year.

Training for this race was fantastic, well right up until the end of training when my wisdom tooth decided it was going to give me a bit of trouble resulting in me going to the dentist to get it pulled out. This incident meant not completing my final full week of training. Before the race I had not run at all for 10 day's so I wasn't sure what was going to happen!

70 km Wild Horse Criterium Race Report


This was a good race, even though I only managed to get 2 hours sleep due to the 2am start time! Neil was once again my support and the race had 7 10.5km loops around the Glasshouse Mountain trails.

There were about 20-30 runners doing the 70km race (about 300 runners in total for all races). Our race started at 2am in nice temperatures with a perfect sky full of stars! I also got to really try out my Petzl Nao headlamp (properly) which was pretty damn cool, I suggest that any night runner should get one!

67km Length of Lake Taupo Race Report

On the 23rd of last month (February) I took part in the Taupo Length of lake race. When I say took part thats what I mean, I wasn't there to race, to beat any personal best or to try for a top 10 or top 5 position. The reason is because I was very, very unprepared and under trained for this race. I have never dreaded a race so much however it was on my list of goals for this year and I knew I was going to have to give it my best shot (to finish)!

The race started at 7am and even though it was Summer it felt like a winter morning, having not been to New Zealand in over two years I was very much used to my warm and humid Queensland weather.

Hares and Hounds 2013 Race Report

 
The Hares and Hounds 55km trail race was my first race for 2013. I have 11 more races for the year so about one Ultra every month.
 
This race was always just to see where I was with my training, I had completed all of my training runs on very flat pathways around where I live, however I did manage to get my mileage up a great deal with my longest training runs being 40 and 50 km only a couple of weeks before the race. Trail runs, however, are always a whole lot different than running on flat, smooth concrete paths so I knew I was in for a little bit of pain!

Getting ready for 2013

2012 has been one of the best years of my life, I ran 1000 km from Brisbane to Sydney, trained in Athens, Greece and raced in the grueling Lycian Way ultramarathon over in Turkey!

As amazing as this year has been I have decided to have a less chaotic and more structured 2013. In saying that though I do plan to race in one ultramarathon for every month of the year, including one 100 mile (160 km) race! Some people may think this is a bit extreme (they are probably right) but for me it feels comfortable.

Back in Australia!

What an amazing adventure I had on the other side of the world! As much as I would love to go into detail about it all I just don't have the energy to sit and write so I will give you a brief overview :)

Neil and I arrived in Istanbul after landing and got to spend the entire day there looking around and exploring, we visited some great sites including the underground columns and the Museums which were amazing! We also went to the markets, that was an experience on its own.



The next day we flew to Athens where we spend nine days and had the most fantastic time.

An Amazing Time in Greece.

A very late blog update, I have had no time to do one as we have been super busy here in Greece. Tomorrow will be our final day here before flying back to Istanbul in Turkey. We will spend two nights in Istanbul and then Neil will be flying back home to Brisbane and I will fly out to the start of the race. Exciting times!

We have had the most amazing time here, visiting all sorts of ancient ruins around Athens and in nearby towns including Delphi, one of the most amazing places, it was also once considered the center of the Earth!

Two Weeks Until Takeoff!

Last week was a good training week. I managed to pump out three big training runs with a 40km run on both Monday and Friday and a longer 50km run on Wednesday. Both 40km runs were nice and easy however on the 50 km run I did seem to struggle a bit in the last 10km. That was probably due to pushing myself a bit too hard at the start, I still managed to do it in under 5 hours with a time of 4 hours 46 mins which is alright I guess!

                        (A sunset I captured while walking home)