Gluten vs Running Performance

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Gluten vs Performance There is a debate in the sports world about if eliminating gluten from your diet has a positive effect on performance. This debate is quite a shift, particularly in endurance athletes, from the carb-loading culture, which I have known since the start of … Read More

St James Stampede 60km

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Well, yesterday I competed in the St James Mountain Sports Stampede Ultra. Originally this race was going to be 50km’s, but due to the ‘weather-bomb’ that had hit the South Island and raised the rivers, the race was changed to a different course which was 10km’s longer. After … Read More

Fuel for Endurance

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One of the hardest things in Endurance sports is finding something to fuel you during your trainings and races. More importantly, finding something that your body can stomach and hold down after 40km’s of running in the mountains! Everyone has their own unique pearls of wisdom … Read More

Running the Labyrinth

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The Marlborough Sounds have long been described as a labyrinth of waterways. A complex and haunting network of ancient river valleys flooded by the moody green sea of Cook Strait. Flanked by steep bush clad hills and dotted with secluded bays, they are nothing less than … Read More

Travel Eating

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Sorry about the lack of blogs recently I am currently over in the UK for a conference. So what better than to write about travel eating! Going to different cities means different food types, quantities, lack of sleep and also more temptations than back home. So far I … Read More

#UltraHalf

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In what seems like an age ago Paul and Tim of the Tarawera events fame announced the inclusion of the Tikitapu 16km and 23km Adventure Run into this years Tarawera Marathon and 50km event. Given the choice of running the Auckland half marathon or a new … Read More

Scotty Hawker Interview

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  We recently had the opportunity to chat with Scotty Hawker, one of New Zealand’s top endurance athletes. Scotty has been competing on the Ultra Trail World Tour for a number of years now and has recently represented New Zealand alongside Fiona Hayvice at the World … Read More

Eating for your Injury

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Recently due to a nagging lower-leg injury my running had to take a break. I was left with a lot of time on my hands to research ways to make my injury heal faster. Yes I did physio, acupuncture, massage and started cross training with low … Read More

Running & Yoga

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In our personal quest to become better runners we often find ourselves looking for new things to try.  Our research (like our running) usually leads us down many different paths.  If you have followed some of these well-worn paths, you are likely to find one that … Read More

A Tararua Valleys S-K Traverse

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A Tararua Valleys S-K Traverse, Tim Sutton, September 2016 If the Main Range is the backbone of the Tararuas then the rivers are its arteries, pumping the precious life blood through the misty Mountains. The tops are impressive in their views and crags but there is … Read More

Every Once in a Great While

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Every once in a great while, you have a run when everything goes right. These rare occasions feel like gifts from the fickle running gods, bestowed on us to let us believe (even if mistakenly) that running is indeed easy and that anything is possible. I … Read More

My Old Ghost Road Adventure

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After following the Old Ghost Road Facebook page since nearly its conception, it was on the bucket list. An opportunity came up; I was doing a nursing placement in Westport for a few weeks it was going happen. A few months out, James and I booked … Read More

Time for bit of an intro

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Forgive me Strava for I have sinned; it has been 10 days since I last ran, and in that time I have found excuses in the weather and sore legs, along with drinking too much beer and eating too many ‘yellow’ foods. I thought since this … Read More

Does age really matter?

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Being the teenager who nags race directors constantly for race entry dispensations, it’s a coincidence I should be addressing this question. A 16-year-old running trail marathons and ultras? Shouldn’t his parents be preventing this and be worried about it causing injury and problems with his growth? … Read More

Do you need to snack?

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Sometimes you just want some new ideas. Or it’s a day where you just feel like mooching around and making a few things in the kitchen. Snacking. As I said earlier this week on Facebook, I’m not a fan of snacking for most people as it … Read More

Running Human

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Running saved my life………Just joking! Actually at the moment it did quite the opposite. I’m currently nursing some kind of tendinitis in my hip thing, a gnarly calf muscle, a sore lower shin bone type injury and I need some new shoes (again) but still need to finish the … Read More

Take It Easy…

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RECOVERY: After running several races within 4-6 weeks of each other, I am currently having a bit of a breather before my next event. Now for me, that means no specific race training plan to adhere to. However, I still use a base maintenance training schedule … Read More

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