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.

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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. 

Barefoot Running – Schumann Resonances

After reading the book “Born To Run” by Christopher McDougall  was intrigued about barefoot running.  In the book Christopher talks about this in length and it really struck a chord with me.  I had bought my first pair of Altra zero drop running shoes which are as close to barefoot as you can get about a year earlier before I read the book and found that my feet got very strong.  It makes perfect sense to me that feet have not changed for thousands of years so why not run into something as close to barefoot without all that corrective footwear accessories of modern running shoes.  So I am injured less now and have run a few trail ultra marathons.  Also something which I read about barefoot running in another book by Michael Sander was that there is a resonance frequency that the earth emits is the same frequency as our brain emits.  The frequency is 8 Hz.  This is also our natural circadian rhythm.  When we run barefoot we are in sync with the frequency of the earth.  I feel this when I run on the trails and feel connected to the earth.  If you run with running shoes which have corrective footwear accessories the distance of your feet from the earth is greater than barefoot shoes so your body is not in sync with the earth.  The frequency is called the Schumann resonances.

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.

Ingredients
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

Instructions
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
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Running Quote

You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.”

― Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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Ultra Running

I love trail running. In fact the longer the distance the better. I trained for many months
to complete my first 100k run last November but, I got injured and had to stop. I will
keep trying until I complete this, because the feeling of running long distances is an
amazing feeling on the body and on the mind. This photo is of me running past the gate
keeper “reaper” who I joked with him saying I am not dead yet !
Happy running everyone. Remember if you think you will only run 10k you will only
run 10k. Think big ! Run far ! Go Vegan and stay vegan !!

Blackall 100km 9