Running in WA rocks!

Willie Richards is an endurance adventure athlete based in Capte Town. Here, he shares his experience of running and working in Western Australia during the COVID-19 lockdown. Running and being outdoors is such a pertinent part of my life, especially during the past couple of years. It gives me direction and has helped me numerous times to resolve issues in my life, be they personal or work related. One of the first things I pack in my bag before I…

Podcasts to keep you running

I love a good podcast. I’m always listening to something on my run – yep, I’m one of those people. Hey, I have a young child who reigns supreme over the TV and now my portable speaker – my runs are the only chance I get to consume any kind of content not designed for the under 10s! So, I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite podcasts. They’re in no particular order – well, apart from being…

Trail speak: A language of its own

If you’re new to trail running, not only do you have to get used to a whole new world of terrain and running gear, you have to learn the lingo, too! And even if you’re not a new trail runner, no doubt there’s some jargon you haven’t heard of or don’t understand. Thankfully, Posilicious has a thorough ultra running A-Z reference guide. I had not even heard of some terms listed, eg. neontino and recovery (kidding!). So, before you hit…

Trail Health: had a gutful? Dealing with stomach issues

Runners are a sensitive lot when it comes to our bodies, and especially when it comes to the inner rumblings of our stomach. We’re not talking ‘got the hangries?’ here. We’re talking: ‘how’s your motions’? With an increase in awareness and diagnosis of digestive issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, food intolerances, Crohn’s and celiac disease, it’s no surprise that gut health is a hot topic of conversation.  WORDS: Celeste Botton With toxins ingested from improper diets at an all-time…

The Hardrock Diaries: kissing the stone

Via his Trail Run Mag blog, many of you followed Kiwi Grant Guises’ second journey to ‘kiss the rock’ at the Hardrock Endurance 100 Mile Run in Colorado, US. We know he finishes and puckered up after 100 gruelling miles, but how did the journey go down? Here’s his post-event take… (IMAGES: Clark Fox) My final week or so pre Hardrock was ticking along smoothly. I migrated south from Leadville to the San Juan’s and quickly started to meet up with old…

The Simple Life: Hardrock Diaries #4

Barely a week before the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run, Kiwi Grant Guise is settling in to the simple van life nudging the nose of his mobile home higher into the mountains to acclimatise for what is ahead… I awake in a confused haze to the sound of car doors slamming and talking… “WTF?!” It’s daylight out and clearly I have slept in, but looking at my watch another “WTF” slowly passes through my barely functioning brain. It’s just past 5am. I…

Hitting the Rock – The Hardrock Diaries #3

The reality of the ‘Rock is about to hit home for kiwi Grant Guise, who has landed in Colorado and spending some time in the, ahem, ‘hill’ that make up the backbone of his Hardrock 100 Endurance Run challenge that lays ahead…   Unsurprisingly, my excitement was outweighed by my sadness and anxiety of leaving Jane and the kids for a month. It is an odd feeling – getting picked two years in a row for the Hardrock 100mile Endurance…

The Hardrock Diaries – scare on scree

Kiwi Grant Guise has been using the mountains of Wanaka as a training ground for what he faces at Hardrock in coming weeks… his training regime is gruelling by any measure, but with a flight to States and the realities of Colorado hitting home, he ruminates on the past few weeks’ preparation which had its scares. My “Camp Hardrock” is done and dusted, and I am licking my wounds… I said in my first post about how my 200km “crash…

Excuse me: Ultra Trail Ambition goes south

Dear Diary, this year I had a miserable run at Ultra-Trail Australia. Some days you have a great race, some days you don’t. 2017’s UTA was a poor one. I guess it happens? So what went wrong and what can I learn from it? Endurance sports are, at least at the amateur level, perhaps the most incredibly arbitrary of all sports. Dictionary.com defines arbitrary as “subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion.” I can…

Have shoes, will travel: multiday trail events

TRM’s Associate Editor, Tegyn Angel casts his eye to the bloom of multi day trail running events that spring up in exotic locations, with only a thin veneer of ‘competition’ but a thick layering of adventure.  IMAGES: courtesy of events When my teenage self learned that people paid, and were paid, to go on guided hikes into incredible places like Everest Basecamp and Macchu Picchu, I couldn’t believe my ears. What a rort! How do I find some silly bugger…

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