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 !!!!!

Photo – Finishing Line Always Brings a Smile


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

Recipe – Vegan Sports Drink

I changed this recipe to match my taste buds only slightly from the original which can be found in the
book “No Meat Athlete” As I have said before if you are looking for any good vegan recipes for endurance
sports then buy this book.
Vegan Sport Drink
This sports drink is natural and has everything you need to enjoy your hard workout. I drank one recently on
a 25Km trail run and left great afterward not close to bonking at all which is a different story from another
experience I had on a previous long run.

A few words about coconut water. On it’s own is a great healthy drink which includes the electrolytes calcium,
magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. You can buy it here in Australia (probably like all over the world too)
in your local supermarket.

2 C water
3 fresh medjool dates (remove pits)
1 C fresh coconut water
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp salt

Add the water, fresh coconut water, fresh medjool dates, freshly squeezed lemon juice and salt.
Blend together in a high speed blender until you see a uniformed colour in the liquid. It will take under a
minute to achieve this liquid colour.