Yarrabilba & Ceder Creek Trails

These trails are slightly different from trails around my house.   Sandy and rocky with some magical views of the bush.

Yarrabilba is an aborignal word for place of song.




Ultra Running – Coastal High 50 Trail Race

Last Saturday 3rd September I ran a trail 50km ultra in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland south east Queenland.  I ran this one last year although the course was slightly different it still was an enjoyable ultra which encapsulated some of the most beautiful trails that I have ever run on.   My preparation training runs were complete and I felt strong going into this trail race.  I got up very early and drove down to the finish then a bus took most of the runners to the start line which is on top of a mountain.  When I say very early I mean getting out of bed at 1 am then preparing my pre race breakfast which was porridge with some maple syrup, making sure I was on the road at 1:30 am.   BIB pick up was at 3:15 am then traveling on the bus for 1.5 h to the start line.   The weather was perfect after some very heavy rain throughout the night.  The morning temperature was around 9C then as the day progressed the temperature rose to a nice 24C.    The ascent and descent were very close with 1990m ascent  and a 2050m descent.   The trails were technical in some parts with a few creek crossings to make.  Look forward to running this next year.   I am happy with my time, but I know I need to train and be able to run up some hills as this was a thing which slowed me down.  I also had a small issue with a pain on the outside of my knee which was due to running downhill on uneven surfaces.  This happened around the 42 km mark and also after a massive up hill climb which included 900 steps.   I was fortunate to get some assistance with some strapping to relieve my pain and it worked, so I was able to run most of the last 8 kms without too much discomfort.   For nutrition I use Tailind Nutrition and also eat a few dates.  I have a few things I say to myself to keep going one is keep moving forward and one which I read Scott Jurek says which is something like this is what you came here for !!   Looking forward to do this one next year !!!!!

Trail Running – Bayview Conservation Park

Right on my door step I have these trails.  Its a Winters day here in the sub-tropical Mount Cotton area 8 kms from the sleepy Redland Bay coast, and the air temperature was reaching 19C, perfect weather for a taper week trail run.  I took some photos with my new iphone which is larger and just fits in my fuel belt.    Love these photos… it captures everything I wanted it to capture.




Trail Running – Hard Water Bottles v Soft Water Bottles

I recently bought some soft water bottles for my ultra running training and future events.  I ran yesterday with the soft water bottles and found they stick out at the top a little bit but I fortunately I could hold,them down with some flexible loop ties on my Hydration vest.  I found that they felt good running with them as they mold to your body and you don’t really notice they are there.  The hard water bottles on the other hand are very noticeable.   For my upcoming ultra event the Coastal High 50 there are requirements for me to carry 2 litres of water, each bottle is 500ml so I will have two on the front of my vest and two in the back then swap them over when I need too.  I like that when the soft bottles are empty they just fold into a small bundle.  I would recommend changing from hard to soft water bottles just for the comfort reason alone. 

Trail Run – Jumped Over A Carpet Python

A couple of years ago now I was running around the trails in the Bayview Conservation Park and my heart stopped as I saw a very large snake which was crossing the trail.  The trail was about 3m wide and as I was running down a hill I only saw the snake very late so I had to jump over the snake and stop.  I saw that it was a Carpet Python which is a constrictor and is not venomous.  So I pulled, got as close as I could and took a short video.  The snake was the largest I have even seen and it was funny because the snake just slowly moved across the trail and into the bush.  The snake was not at all worried about my presences.   It was a beautiful experience seeing this snake free living in the bush.

Trail Run – Bayview Conservation Park

Fortunately I have some nice trails right in my door step, well 500m away which is really close.  There are many trails meandering through this conservation park some technical, some hilly and some pretty flat.   The amount of wildlife you see is amazing from black cockatoos, wallabies, goannas, echidnas, foxes and of cause snakes.  A couple of days ago I ran and took some photos of the area.  I was surprised to see a dead snakes on the road because I thought it was not the right time of the year for them to be active.   

Quote – Running

 “I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I’m competing with is me.”-Wilma Rudolph

Trail Race – Mapleton, Qld, Australia

This trail race was held deep in the beautiful rainforest in an area 1.5 hours
north of Brisbane. The race started at 6:30am. The climate was
temperate in the rainforest and as it had rained the night before the trails were
a little slippery but enjoyable. The trail was not too technical with the minimum elevation
was 235m and the maximum elevation was 467m. The trail distance was 15.7km. I ran in my new
trail shoes Altra Superior 1.5 and they felt fantastic with plenty of grip in the downhills
and good stability.
As always with wearing Altras they feel so comfortable with the wide toe box and it is as
if I had be wearing these for many years. For nutrition I use Tailwind Nutrition and as
this was a run over an hour I added three scopes of Tailwind in a 600ml bottle and mixed
it with water.
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Recipe – Post Trail Run Recovery Smoothie

Green smoothie
This is my favourite green smoothie for post trail recovery runs.
Tip: Stick to 1/3 Fruit 2/3 vegetables
If the smoothie is too thick for you just add some more coconut
water to thin it out.

1 Apple
1/2 C pineapple
1 banana
1 date
3 C Kale
1/2 cucumber
3cm piece of ginger
1/2 lime
1 Tbsp spirulina
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 C Coconut water

Add the ingredients in the reverse order and then using a high speed blender
process until smooth.

Trail Run – Noosa National Park, Queensland, Australia

This is a beautiful trail run. Running from Noosa Heads to Sunshine Beach then returning
back to Noosa heads along the coastline. The weather was hot with the temperature around 32C and then humidity at 85%. Then it rained on my approach to Alexandria Beach towards to Sunshine Beach. The rain was beautiful and cooled my hot skin momentarily until the sun threaten to appear from the grey lurking storm clouds. On the trails there were many walkers and many nudists on Alexandria Beach some of them popped their heads up from the sand dunes when they heard me running through the low tide. They reminded me of Meerkats keeping a look out. Being the only one wearing clothes on Alexandria Beach made me feel naked with all those eyes looking at me. The trails varied from wooden, concrete at the start from Noosa heads, but mainly the trails are rocky with a lot of sand as I descended up from Alexandria Beach to the Sunshine Beach trails. The elevation gained was 191m which for a coastal area is okay.
Here is a link to the trail on open street maps (Click on the image below)
Vegan Starter Kit
Here is a short movie of the trail on YouTube (Click on the image below)
Vegan Starter Kit
Some photos of the trail run