Strength Training for Females: Bulking Fever

Something that I find amusing is the conversations endurance and general fitness enthusiasts have between themselves talking about lifting weights as if the barbell is plotting against them and secretly injecting testosterone and human growth hormone. The stigma behind lifting weights seems to be much more common among females, maybe because of the years of…

Strength for Endurance: Do you Concur?

The thought of strength training has for a long time haunted endurance competitors and coaches. Images of Arnold Schwarzenegger waddling down the street unable to scratch his nose due to the sheer size of his biceps, piercing the minds cyclists and runners alike. Simultaneously reaping the adaptation benefits from both strength and endurance training is…

Running Writing: On Failing Gloriously

What happens when you’re an adult and you aren’t supposed to scream, shout, and throw yourself on the ground in a good old tantrum when things don’t go your way? Do you carry on gracefully, head held high, knowing that life isn’t fair and that the lower you fall the higher you’ll fly? Or do…

The Real Reason I Run Ultra Marathons

‘Can I ask you a question? And I want an honest answer. Why are you doing it? You’ve already run 100km before, so why do it again? Especially when you know it’s going to hurt.’ ‘I love running. I love the mountains. There’s nowhere I’d rather be. There’s no better way to learn about yourself than pushing…

‘Stability’ and ‘Core’ Training for Endurance: Stop waisting your time!

As an endurance athlete, having strong, stable hips is essential to efficient movement and power delivery during running, cycling, swimming training or competition.  This is widely agreed upon across the endurance community of athletes and coaches. What doesn’t seem to be agreed upon is how to build strong, stable hips – notice I don’t refer…

Tackling The North Face 100 – Euphoria or Childbirth?

And so the adventure begins… From all accounts I was never going to attempt to run 100km again. At about the 95km mark of my first ever century I declared “we’re not f*cking doing Kokoda”, which is another ultra I had been thinking about. ‘Let’s just concentrate on finishing this one,’ was Lisa’s calm reply,…

Tight and Painful ITB’s? Get Off The Foam Roller!!

If you are a cyclist, runner or triathlete, you will most likely be familiar with tight Illiotibial Band’s (ITB), foam rollers or trigger point balls and the extremely unpleasant relationship they have together. You are probably also aware of the pain, discomfort and injuries such as ITB Syndrome can cause in the knee and hip area….

3 Simple Tips for Carbo Loading

So you have been training for months for a big event or competition and you are now in your taper week. You have sacrificed your social life and sleep ins, spent possibly hundreds of gruelling hours perfecting your craft and preparing your body. Given the amount of effort you have put into it to ensure it’s…

#6 Dorothy “Pocket Rocket” Farrell’s Marathon Journey

Week in Review: Mon 21 – Sun 27 April… rest week! Mon 21 Morning rest Afternoon 40 min walk Tue 22 Morning rest Evening 30 min Endure Fitness training session Wed 23 Rest day Thu 24 Gym 30 mins – light weights Fri 25 Evening 10km run Sat 26 Evening 8km run Sun 27 Afternoon…

#5 Dorothy ‘Pocket Rocket’ Farrell’s Marathon Journey

Week in Review: 7-13 April Mon 31 Morning rest Afternoon 40 min walk Tue 1 Morning rest Evening 30 min Endure Fitness training session Wed 2 Morning rest Evening 10km run Thu 3 Morning rest Evening 13km run (city loop from Brisbane Powerhouse – gorgeous!) Fri 4 Rest Sat 5 Evening run 5km Sun 6…

#6 Cracker’s Chronicles – 7th & 8th ed.

Week in review: 7/04 – 13/04 Mon – Rest Tues -Road 12km C/Training 60mins Wed – Rest Thurs – Rest Fri – Rest Sat – Rest Sun – Rest Total km – 12km Vertical Gain – 0 metres – cross training – 60mins Tuesday Night!!! and that means group training with Endure Fitness @ The…

#5 Cracker’s Chronicle, 5th & 6th Edition

Week in review 24/03 – 30/03 Mon – C/Training 30mins Tues – Road 15km (free run) C/Training 45mins Wed – Rest Day Thurs – Trail 8km VG 414M Fri – Road – 13km VG 81m Sat – Trail 21km VG 1020m Sun – Road 15km VG 150m C/training 60mins Total km – 72kms VG –…