#77 Beyond PBs - Creating a Layer Cake of Goals

June 15, 2018

Habits are not goals, so if you aren't a natural planner or you aren't in a focused period of training, the idea of setting goals can seem overwhelming at best or even pointless. But there are so many ways to set goals to keep you interested in what you are doing and they don't have to be about reaching a new distance, entering a new event, or setting a new PB.

In this episode of the podcast I talk about using goals to create your own meaning and some of the fun ways to set goals to keep things interesting too. 

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#76 How to Motivate Yourself To Do Hard Things

June 8, 2018

This week I'm talking about how to get yourself going for things that aren't exciting, that you don't look forward to but you really need to do. That might be rehab, strengthening weaknesses or it might be those hill sprints that you are dreading or it might be the meal planning you can't stand.

The longer term the reward is for the things you are trying to do, the harder it is to get going. 

So this week, I talk about:

  • Knowing why you are doing it in the first place, and what the benefits are
  • Prioritising things early in the day and early in your week
  • Finding something, even something small that you can enjoy about it
  • Creating a reward system to sweeten the deal
  • Creating some social accountability
  • And even tricking yourself i you need to!
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#75 Gadgets! Free apps vs paid apps vs watches. Where do you start?

June 2, 2018

This week you'll have to excuse my awful voice, but on the upside I did record this before I lost my voice so that is at least something! This week I'm talking about some of the basics, especially when you are starting out and all the running apps are pretty confusing and it's hard to know if the free vs paid version is worth it. And go into a bit of a brief overview of running watches if you'd like to take the leap from app to watch. 

And while I have you there I talk a bit more about the benefits of tracking and what some of the pit falls are too. 

Currently we are accepting annual run club registrations until the 17th June. If you sign up you get a free team singlet (or t-shirt!) valued at $59, so don't miss out! 

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#74 Running won’t fix your mental health

May 25, 2018

 

This week in the podcast I dive into one of the things that people first said to me when I was having a severe depressive episode: "You should exercise more!"

It makes no sense for someone who is depressed, and it makes even less sense to someone who is depressed and already running 30km a week. Recently having had a period where I couldn't run I had the opportunity to look at what my mental health would be like without running. I always thought it would suffer, and you know sometimes it did, but I also have lots of other things in my toolbox too.  So this week I talk a bit about what that might look like. 

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#73 How to maintain good training and nutrition habits away from home

May 17, 2018

It's so easy to get out of the swing of things when you are away from home and then it seems like more of an effort to get back into it when you return, doesn't it? This week I'm talking about some things you can do to keep your habits ticking along when you are away from home: whether it's a running event, a holiday or you are travelling for work. 

I have a bit of an addictive personality, I think so it's been really easy for me to see trips away in the past as a perfect reason to completely abandon anything I would normally do with my nutrition. But you know what? I choose those things with nutrition because they make me feel good, so it never works out as well as you'd think! 

I'm heading down to Ultra Trail Australia tomorrow and I talk through some of what I'll be doing to make sure I stay on track, but also make sure it doesn't take away from the experience either! 

Learn to Run starts on the 28th May and it will be our last intake of the program until the 6th of August, so don't miss out

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#72 Training Diaries - the private, the social and the visual and why you need all three

May 11, 2018

This week my exercise physiologist asked me to make sure I was keeping a training diary. At which point I was a little concerned about giving him my actual training diary because that's probably way more detail than he would ever need to see. I'd probably need a separate training diary fit for public consumption. Which got me thinking about training journals in general.

This week I talk about the benefits of multiple training diaries for different purposes. Whether they be physical diaries, virtual ones, or less diaries and more creative expressions of training. 

If you'd like to check out some training diaries you can here:

Compete Training Journal

The Training Journal by the Mind Muscle Project

And if you'd like to sign up for Learn to Run and jump on the last intake we are doing before August, you can check that out here

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#71 Unshackle yourself from your mother’s guilt

May 3, 2018

Do you ever notice that at particular topics seem to keep coming up over and over? Maybe it's because Mothers' Day is coming up, but mother guilt has been coming up a lot lately. There was a great discussion about it on twitter here which I put my two cents in on, but I found I had more to say too.

So in this episode of the podcast, I'm talking all about the guilt and why I think it's so important to take a closer look at it.

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#70 Kirsten answers all your questions about running 50km on two mountain loops

March 30, 2018

Kirsten answers all your burning questions about what it's like to run 50km for the first time.

She talks about:

  • What makes it different to a road marathon
  • What her recovery has been like
  • What she would do differently
  • What her nutrition was like
  • And what it gave her in her build up to UTA

If you are planning on signing up for Learn to Run in April, this is a great way to get to know Kirsten a bit better because she's amazing and will be coaching you! You can check out more about Learn to Run here

 

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#69 A few bad ideas you might have about running

March 15, 2018

AKA all the times I've seen people talk about their training on twitter and I've tried really hard to not offer unsolicited advice. Here is ALL THE UNSOLICITED ADVICE.

This week I talk about:

  • Long runs
  • Training variability
  • Warming Up
  • Fuelling
  • Walk breaks
  • Split runs

Kirsten will be back next week to talk about her 50km run! 

Head over to iTunes to listen (and subscribe! and review!)

You can listen and download episodes in Itunes here.

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#68 How do you know you are ready to run 50km?

March 9, 2018

Kirsten is about to take on her first 50km at the Australian Alpine Challenge

So this week we talked about:

  • How do you know when you are ready to run 50km
  • What her training week and run fuelling looks like
  • How many hot cross buns will she need at the end
  • And a few other questions from the community as well!
  • And she listens to me whinge about being injured a bit too. 

Good luck Kirsten! We will all be cheering for you!

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