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How returning to exercise is similar to drinking alcohol

How returning to exercise is similar to drinking alcohol

The first session is always the hardest, but over time the soreness experienced following activity is reduced. 

October 8

The long and short of it

The long and short of it

Should long distance runners bother running short distances?

August 15

Why do I run?

Why do I run?

This weekend saw a bucket load of rain; mud got muddier, rivers got wetter and a long run in the bush became more and more enticing.

July 17

Running the ultra marathon: when training pays off

Running the ultra marathon: when training pays off

The first casualty at an ultra marathon event is your ego.

February 19, 2018

Mental preparation is as important as physical preparation

Mental preparation is as important as physical preparation

The Tarawera Ultra Marathon is upon us. Everything Debbie and I have been working towards comes to fruition this weekend. We’re as physically prepared as possible. Crucially, we’re mentally ready too.

February 7, 2018

Is ultra marathon training bad for you?

Is ultra marathon training bad for you?

Spoiler alert: not if you do it right.

January 31, 2018

The Big Wobble

The Big Wobble

The big wobble hit us when we were in the car. We’d just finished a four-hour run on the Tarawera course and we were driving through Tauriko to pick up the kids.

January 22, 2018

Little decisions make a big difference

Little decisions make a big difference

A month to go before the Tarawera Ultra and I’ve become obsessed with the minutiae of running matters. Where should I put my ears: tucked under my cap or sticking out like a pixie? Should I arrange the backpack drinking hose over my left or right shoulder?

January 9, 2018

Why am I training for an ultra marathon?

Why am I training for an ultra marathon?

What on earth made me decide to run a 102km ultra? Given free time you’ll find me writing poetry or playing the piano. Ultra marathons are my wife’s thing, not mine.

December 20, 2017

Train like the Hulk so you can run like the Flash

Train like the Hulk so you can run like the Flash

Aches and pains! I did a big run the other week. It was a reminder that over the full distance of the ultra marathon, I’m going to enjoy a smorgasbord of physical complaints.

November 24, 2017

Taking it one run at a time

Taking it one run at a time

Is this a familiar scenario? You’re halfway through a 10km run and you’re comparing it to a marathon. "Oh man, how am I ever going to run three times this distance?"

November 13, 2017

Why that question about kilometres might be wrong.

Why that question about kilometres might be wrong.

What’s the most common question you get asked about your running? For me the question tends to be: “How many kilometres are you running each week?”

November 3, 2017

What’s the best shoe for a 102km ultra marathon?

What’s the best shoe for a 102km ultra marathon?

My feet are on my mind. I’m looking for the perfect shoe to run the 102km Tarawera Ultramarathon.

October 19, 2017

Training for an ultramarathon is more fun than I expected

Training for an ultramarathon is more fun than I expected

A few years ago I trained for my first marathon and it sucked. It was lonely and hard and I actually quit five weeks before the event. "Running is stupid and boring" I declared.

October 10, 2017

Busting myths about running shoes

Busting myths about running shoes

Jean-François Esculier, one of the world leaders in new trends in the prevention of running injuries recently presented some of the latest research regarding footwear. This has completely changed the way we think about and prescribe footwear.

October 6, 2017

Did you have a break from exercise over the winter?

Did you have a break from exercise over the winter?

We've got some handy tips to help you manage your training load as you get back into activity for summer.

October 4, 2017

Remember those rest days!

Remember those rest days!

Just one other thing I’ve thought of. If it’s possible, would be great to have rest days noted in our training calendar as rest days...

October 2, 2017

Still get sticky!

Still get sticky!

You can now manually mark a planned activity as done, so if you didn't have your watch, you can still get sticky!

September 28, 2017

Are you worried about how  much training your kids do?

Are you worried about how much training your kids do?

Participation in youth sports is increasingly popular, with many youngsters initiating year-around training. It is not uncommon today for preteens to train 20 or more hours each week in sports like gymnastics, or to compete in triathlons, or for children as young as 6 to play organised soccer or hockey.

September 13, 2017