There is something truly unique about the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM)-250km self sufficient race through the desert over 6 stages/7 days that brings you back time and time again. The Kalahari didn't fail to deliver another exceptional week of stunning beauty, stiff racing competition and fabulous camaraderie. After finishing KAEM in 2013 and having learnt … Continue reading It Never Rains in the Kalahari
Runners run, right? But what about strength training? I have come to realise through my own experiences with strength training and research into how the top runners train that it is an integral part of a runners training plan if they are to succeed. I dabbled in crossfit last year for a few months from … Continue reading Incorporating strength training
I am a Marathon Des Sables finisher! I successfully completed the gruelling challenge and after months of meticulous planning, it's now time to understand what worked for me and what didn't. If you are planning to do this event or something similar, I hope this information may be of use to you. Se my original … Continue reading MdS – What worked well & not so well
I had never considered I was a 'runner' until I had a few marathons under my belt and came to the realisation that I was slightly hooked on the sport. Gone were the days of entering a race just to 'complete', I now wanted to 'compete'. Being an Australian I have always had an element … Continue reading When a healthy habit turns into a full blown obsession!
Driving down to The North Downs way from Edinburgh for the Pilgrims Ultra looked ominous for the pending race. As soon as we crossed the border into England the rain started, and didn't stop! Torrential rain & hazardous driving conditions made the drive extra long, and looking out to fields of water we could only … Continue reading Pilgrims Ultra – 2 day event, 66 miles
The festive period is a tough time for anyone who is trying to keep fit or watch their waistline that's for sure. Which is why I am so proud of my efforts over the festive period. Not that I need to lose weight necessarily, but what woman isn't pleased when the weight comes off, and … Continue reading Keeping the festive ‘cheer’ at bay
It's 7 (& a half) weeks to go until Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, and I've fallen off the wagon. I could blame work, actually I will blame work as I was cracking along great guns until this whole help out in Edinburgh for a few weeks turned permanent move came up; and that has thrown … Continue reading The gravity of the situation dawns on me!
Coming down off the adrenaline rush that was Adidas Thunder Run was always going to be a tough week for the mileage. With only 42 miles in the bag for this week, its a pretty low mileage week but I was feeling pretty knackered all in all. I did make good use of my runs, … Continue reading A week of ups and downs
No rest for the wicked really! On Monday we did it, we booked our flights to Jo'Burg and paid our deposit for the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM). So no turning back now. After doing that, thought I better watch some more YouTube videos about it to get a better feel.......Oh. My. Lord. What have … Continue reading Recovery week but the training plan begins