Confessions of an Undertrained Athlete - Episode 3

Before we talk ultramarathon training progress, let’s talk 2020. With a new dawn comes a new year with new opportunities and fresh beginnings. 2019 was a hard year. On one hand it was the hardest year of my life and on another, it was the best year of my life. Some parts I want to forget and others I will hold onto and cherish forever.

I will constantly reflect on my failures, I’ve had a few this year and I will try to grow from them. After all, failure is just a steppingstone - a rite of passage towards success. You just have to know how to interpret it and action it into forward motion. I can honestly look back and say that I did the best I could. In short, I realised something wasn’t going to work into the future so I made a major change and am hoping it will pay off eventually.


I have had successes too. I don’t really do new year’s resolutions per se, but I do set goals. Ohhhh, I love a good goal. In 2019 I wanted to organise our own events with our own identity and spin on them and to get a coaching accreditation to set a great foundation for Runnovation in 2020. I achieved all of those goals.

Runnovation’s goal is to motivate and promote a healthy lifestyle and mindset through achievement in sport - that is our main goal for the new year and with the help of my beautiful partner Nicola, we’re going to hammer this positivity like a cheesecake menu through a lactose intolerance convention.


We’re working on some pretty exciting things for the new year including our newest virtual run with a choose your own adventure style to it which is going to be unique to say the least. We’re also excited to bring virtual coaching to life, offering people a personalised service to realise their goals and dreams, whether it’s to run their first 5km or an ultramarathon.

Speaking of which, how is my training going? Well…it hasn’t been. I was chatting to another coach, one whom I respect more than any other runner and we were discussing this very conundrum. His opinion was that everybody can always find half an hour a day for training. He made an exception in my case after I gave him a run down of my daily schedule. He made me reflect on this goal and to consider that I simply don’t have time for it.

"We’re going to hammer this positivity like a cheesecake menu through a lactose intolerance convention."

Unfortunately, or fortunately perhaps, I am a stubborn beast and want this to happen. Sometimes when you can’t figure out how to make something work you just do it anyway and find a way as you go. We did agree, however, that if I start a new training plan at the beginning of the year and work really hard, I should be ready for the Margaret River Ultramarathon 80km come May. But there is no room for error.

So over the last week or so I have been getting in runs every day. Just 5km here and 10km there. Building up a nice base to cope with an aggressive ultramarathon plan. So, that is where I am at. At basically the beginning of all my goals. But I have laid down some pretty good groundwork. I have worked hard to do so. And I have a plan, I know where I need to go and how to get there.


Now the hard work begins. Come on 2020, you are going to be so proud of me come December.

17 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All