A Beginners Guide to Cross Training

We’ve all been there; whether its persistent injury, recovering from a long race, or just plain old bored with the routine. There are times when you just don’t run as much. But how do you feed the endorphin addiction while your running shoes are getting a well-earned rest, not to mention avoiding qualification as a contestant on the Biggest Loser?…

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If you can’t stand the heat … drink more water

A daily check-in is all very well but frankly it’s boring as batshit (why did batshit get such a bad name I wonder?). Yep I ate food, some of it makes me fart so I’m going stop eating it, and yep I did some exercise. A combination of these factors will probably have some small impact on what I weigh…

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This is not a post about running

I was at the Queensland Business Writers Conference in Brisbane today. As a fledgling freelance business writer it pays for me to go to events like this. Not only do I learn loads but I meet lots of interesting people and get to do a bit of useful networking … good when you are still building up your business. I…

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Food Frolics and Gym Goings-on

Some mornings you just don’t want to run and even though you know you’ll be glad when you did, it isn’t enough. Even though it might mean you end up with three days in a row of no running (what?????!), it’s still not enough. Nothing can compel you, a dedicated runner for many years with a cupboard full of finisher’s…

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Parkrun … what Parkrun?

I can always tell when I’m running on a calorie deficit, especially in the first weeks of a bit of a fat loss program. Runs that are usually pretty easy are harder as my body gets used to using different energy sources … i.e. from the fat I’ve been carrying around rather than the excess of glucose I’ve been shovelling…

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Gym swings, food facts and more kilometres run …

Until yesterday I was almost convinced I was about to change my gym. But lying in bed last night I had second thoughts. Part of the appeal was undoubtedly the thrill of something new – a new gym, a new routine. But a new routine isn’t new for long. So then I started to think a bit more rationally about…

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Thursday Runs … and eats … and eats!

I was most definitely not in a gym mood when I woke up today. I’ve done enough classes to get a real feel for the Lifestyle Gym in Cornubia so I think day off was probably a good idea … but this motivation/accountability blogging thing is clearly working cos I still headed out for a run since I knew I…

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training quality and consistency

Workouts and weigh ins … and a gym first

If this was a regular running week I’d probably have done speed work this morning. But I’ve been trialling a new gym and that meant a couple of things when I woke up. Muscles that have been quietly keeping their head down hoping I’ll leave them in peace made their displeasure known at having been called into active service this…

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Tracking Tuesday – Gym Day!

I’m trying out a new gym just now, Lifestyle Health Clubs, at Cornubia (which I just found out is the Latin name for Cornwall – thanks Wikipedia) in Logan – a suburb next to mine. I got a flyer in the mail for a great deal they’ve got on till the end of August – $250 per year if you…

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I got a bike but that doesn’t make me a triathlete

The last time I got a bike for my birthday I was about 12-years-old. OK so that might be a slight exaggeration but it’s been a few years. Though I’m a runner at heart I’ve always thought it would be cool to do a bit of road cycling but living in Sydney I was plagued by visions of me navigating…

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