Great North Walk packing list

  Here is what I’m taking with me for this walk, maybe useful to anyone else doing this walk. If you are going to camp along the way and spend the usual week or two doing the walk, you’ll obviously need a lot more gear: Equipment Pack: Macpac Amp Race 40  Shoes: Saucony Xodus 3.0 […]

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Getting ready to Go

Have taken 2.5 weeks off, virtually exercise free. After my last Mt Ku Ring Gai to Cowan run/walk I felt exhausted, and everything hurt. It took about a week of rest before muscles in my legs and hips stopped aching, to be able to get out of bed in the morning without aches and to stop stiffening […]

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GNW 274?

Getting closer to setting of on the walk, and looking forward to it. Have in mind a long weekend in early to mid November 2012. Seems the GNW is actually between 260km and 274km in total, after adding up all the individual sections described online. Using the “two day section” descriptions on I make it […]

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New training plan

Have decided to revise and simplify my training plan after the recent Sydney 24 hour race. I need to cover more Km each week and just focus much more on basically covering big distances at a consistent, fast pace. This is the new schedule: Long walks started at 33km and will increase by about 10% […]

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Cedar Valley Traverse

Cedar Valley Traverse, March 2012. Party: Saul Richardson, Jono Savery. At the start of 2012 both of us were looking to improve our fitness and lose weight. I challenged Jono to do the Blue Mountains Three Peaks walk with me in July, and he agreed. I thought it would be good to get him to […]

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Sri Chinmoy 24 hour race report

Sri Chinmoy Sydney 24 hour championships 2012, Saturday June 23 – Sunday June 24 @ Blacktown Sportspark. This was my first ultra marathon. In fact, it was to my first race over any distance since running the 4oom in Year 8 at the school athletics carnival. I went in feeling confident that I would finish and […]

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Let the taper begin

Have gradually been winding back the km and hours in training. Am tapering off before the Sydney 24 hr, which is a week away. I did the last “long run” of my preparation yesterday morning. Did 4 hours, 27km. This included 10kms racewalking at above race speed out and back along Riverside Drive in the […]

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Joining a club

Recently decided to try joining a running club. People online cite various benefits. They say that running with other people is far more motivating than running alone and reduces the likelihood of missing a session. Being new to running and not entirely confident, I was worried that I would be too slow, too unfit, not […]

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Altra Instinct Shoe Review

  Main selling features: • “zero drop”, but with cushioning underfoot  • wide, especially around the toes. More foot-shaped than traditional running shoes • very light. My size 12’s are 290g each. There is currently a debate over “drop” and padding in running shoes. Which is better? Mainstream running shoes with their heavily built-up, heels […]

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