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Running with MS

Posted by on 23 December 2016 | 4 Comments

Since about mid 2014 I was noticing some weird things going on with my usually awesome and unfairly attractive body.  At work I'd misspell things when typing,  get passwords wrong, to the point that I would slow down and watch my fingers typing to ensure I'm hitting the right keys, and when I slowed it down I'd get it correct, so must have been imagining it, right?  I'd walk (or run if I was running) off to the side like a camel, feeling like I'd just gotten off a boat.  I'd forget everything, someone would tell me something, then I'd ask them about the exact same thing a minute later.  People get peeved that I'm not listening or hearing them.  When I'd be speaking hurriedly I'd get my words all ballsed up and mispronounce them, and then forget what I was talking about to begin with.  I'd have pins & needles in my hands, which wasn't pain, so didn't worry too much about it. 

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New York, New York!

Posted by on 23 December 2016 | 3 Comments

Julie, Lucia and Michelle all ran the New York Marathon this year in November. Each one experienced something different and they share their own personal journeys with us. 

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How often should I run?

Posted by on 20 December 2016 | 2 Comments

I often get asked, “How often should I run”. This is very dependent on you as an individual, what other training you are completing and the goals you have set for yourself.

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Running the Grand Canyon

Posted by on 8 September 2016 | 1 Comments

My Grand Canyon run was beyond amazing and very much worth the effort.

Firstly it's worth pointing out that I'm not great with heights, which was greatly conflicting with how this trail is set out. Basically one side has a sheer drop in most sections, add to that the narrow trail and I was a nervous boy. Then there were all the warnings about hiking to the river and back in one day as the combination of high heat in the canyon, elevation, distance etc all combine to make it a very difficult hike. I figured that because I was going to run it those warnings didn't really apply but still this was the first run I'd ever taken the step of packing ID!!

Any nerves were gone as I waited in the dark at the trail head, about 5.45am there was just enough light and I was away. About 5 mins in I could feel the temperature change, it was like a different layer of air. As the sun came up out in the canyon the views were spectacular. The trail falls steeply switching back and forth with rough logs steps and only 30mins in my calves start to tighten. The impact of the non stop steps is brutal. I stop a few times to turn around and look back up, it's almost inconceivable how far up it is already. After an hour the steps finish and I'm close to Indian Gardens about half way to the river. This is a little oasis of trees where I eat and fill up water. I also see a deer wander right past me, I have the place to myself and this is really magic.

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Workout of the quarter

Posted by on 7 September 2016 | 0 Comments

400m track repeats

400m track repeats are an old favourite. Running intervals is a great way to build leg strength and get your legs used to speed work whilst giving them some recovery too. 400m is a good distance and it’s not too long for lactic acid to build up and affect your pace. A standing recovery in between will give you that ‘dead leg’ feeling which is great to simulate fatigue in your legs which is what happens in a race.

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I run!

Posted by on 7 September 2016 | 0 Comments

Hi my name’s Lynne and I run! Wow I never ever thought I'd be saying that.

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My Marathon journey

Posted by on 7 September 2016 | 5 Comments

My journey started last year when other run clubbers suggested the idea of training for the Gold Coast marathon on July 3 this year. About to enter my fourth year of running, and having done quite a few half Marathons, it seemed the natural progression and, I would have the support of others to share the journey with.

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Running 100km through the night

Posted by on 7 September 2016 | 0 Comments

When I started running in 2009 and “trained” for my first 10km event I never thought I could go any further. Ever!

However, my 100km journey must have started back then, as my love for running began in the North East of England in the county of Northumberland and my first race was a combination of road, beach and trail. The feeling I had when I finished my first 10km was indescribable!

Moving the clock forward and a few marathons later I entered my first 50km in Canberra in 2014. This was the ultimate test and a few more 50km+ events later, I decided to train for a 100km event. Not just any event, one of the most famous events in central Europe in a city called Biel/Bienne (bilingual German/French speaking). Simply put, over 1000 runners line up on Friday night at 10pm in the beginning of June every year for 59 years and attempt one loop which takes them around the midlands around Biel, Lyss, Solothurn and back again to Biel. It takes the runners through several villages, where the people take advantage of beer tents and a good excuse to have a fun (alcohol) filled night!

The start is in the centre of town and runs a 3km loop close to the start line to give friends and families another opportunity to cheer the runners on before leaving the city lights into the darkness. Most routes between villages are not lit therefore a good headlamp/torch is a must.

After approx. 5-6 km comes the first serious incline which at the time seems easy but many experienced competitors walked this incline and I was wondering why they would walk so early in the race (I was going to find this out the HARD way later on!!). The 10km mark was in a village called Jens where I saw the crew for the first time on the course. Yep, THAT crew (Sue my wife, Kaz my coach, together with a designated driver Roy who is my brother and my friends Martin, Roger and Beni). Each of the drivers took their turn in driving Sue and Kaz and following me around the course as close as possible. It was always a highlight to see familiar faces and hear encouraging words from them. Soon after the 10km mark it started raining for app. 90minutes.

Basically I was well trained for the first 40-60kms, so apart from the rain there was not much to tell up to this point, apart from the beautiful course, although it was dark it was easy to appreciate the nature paths and trails along the way. At the 56km mark (the finish of the 56km Ultra) it started raining for the second time just in time for the hardest part of the course, which was a 7km stretch along a river on a very muddy trail path where a lot of people slipped and some injured themselves. The cyclists/coaches, at this point had to take the long way around on the road (in Lyss at around the 30km mark the runners are allowed to get a coach on the bike, we had that option but did not use it).

This run through the dark forest really made me realise why I run and why it can be so challenging. Not knowing how long the “Ho-Chi-Ming” path was just added to the excitement and at 63km I got a massage in a small beer tent. Sue had to work my calves as they were beginning to tighten up following the many kilometres I ran on nature trails/paths in the dark. The massage helped a lot but I knew that now I would have to start digging deep. It was approx. 5am, wet, cool and dark. My body was naturally tired as it wanted to sleep plus it was spent by the seven hours of running nonstop.

Anyway, we knew it was going to get tough so the head had to take over and move over the silly voices that wanted to give up. At 70km I needed a pick up from the team as I must have looked terrible. Soon after the steepest incline (76km) had to be conquered. I ran down the hill on the other side trying to get some momentum for the remaining half marathon, unfortunately this smashed my quads and I was forced to walk for a while.

Met the crew at the 80km mark for some more moral support, “not long now” I said to them. The remainder of the race was flat along the beautiful Aare river, taking me past two villages I used to live in. This made me feel the pain a bit less.

After Bueren an der Aare I met the crew for the last time. This was 90km and just as I saw them the heavens opened to “treat” us all with a monsoon shower just to make things a little harder. However, this cooled my legs and gave me some more strength OR I didn’t feel my muscles any longer, so I ran the last 10km “comfortably”. This unfortunately threw the timing out as the team anticipated a longer time for me to complete the last 10km. Sadly they missed me coming through the finish line.

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Can plyometrics benefit your running?

Posted by on 26 February 2016 | 0 Comments

Plyometrics is a type of training involving jumping, bounding and other high impact exercises that focus on maximising the stretch reflex of the muscles. The purpose is to teach the muscles to produce maximum force faster, which enhances performance for both athletes and exercisers.

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Losing your running MOJO

Posted by on 26 February 2016 | 0 Comments

Instead of hopping out of bed and into your running gear, you hit the snooze button, roll over, and go back to sleep. Or perhaps you are out on your long run, but feel so tired, slow and just blah that you cut your run short. Sound familiar?

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