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running, taupo ultra, ultra marathon -

We aren't through 2020 yet! I've been challenged this week, month, (year!) over and over about attitude.  The words that we speak come from what's in our heart - and that can be a hard battle when you're in the midst of an ultra marathon, a final competition workout, or sitting in the chair at your job.  Yet I am reminded this week how blessed we are to be able to participate in a running event, with real people, real spectators (not cardboard cut outs and sound waves of clapping like the London Marathon). This weekend I get the opportunity...

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taup ultra, ultra marathon -

When I first trained for Taupo Ultramarathon in 2018, I had a lot of people say to me 'you must really love running'. My reply was more often than not - no. I only ran twice a week, it was a bonus is if I had running in a CrossFit WOD, and to be completely honest, when there was, I tried to avoid it. I was simultaneously training for the NZ CrossFit Nationals as an individual, then as a team member, an event which would take place one week after the 100km. CrossFit was my big focus, and the ultra...well,...

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What would be the purpose of your running if there was no events? That was a question posed to our running group a couple of months back, when everything looked like it had turned to normal here in NZ. Naively, I thought, there's no chance of a second wave of the virus, so running events will still be in my future. The problem was, I found it too difficult to answer the question.  I'm a goal setter. I also take some time to work with change when I'm not the instigator of it. Otherwise known as stubborn.  Goals are my...

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sports, sportswman, sportswomen -

After announcing a partnership with @sportwomannz this week, I thought I would take some time to reflect on what it meant to me to be a woman in sport. If you had asked me a few years ago, I probably would've laughed this off as a joke, like one of those people that says they're not a runner, but goes for a 3-5km jog each day...if you run, you're a runner.  Unfortunately the mindset has been that we shouldn't build ourselves up in NZ (which is why the new initiative like E Tu Tangata is so powerful - fighting against tall...

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Some days I think I don't have much of a right to share my experiences on running. It actually takes a lot for me to get into a space where I can convince myself that because I run, I'm a runner.  Over time, the experiences I have had through CrossFit and running a couple of ultra marathons have given me an understanding of what some people go through during training and even in the event itself. But I still feel incredibly unqualified. As if somehow I haven't quite done enough - what exactly would be enough and how will I...

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