Sunday, 30 December 2012

The New Years resolution Im gonna keep!

Week 2 of 500km Challenge...

24/12 - AM - 15.1km, 15min stepper.  PM - 6.1km
25/12 - AM - 15.3km
26/12 - AM - 27.3km.  PM - 15min stepper.
27/12 - AM - 33.2km
28/12 - AM - 33.2km
29/12 - AM - 16km.  PM - 6.1km
30/12 - AM - 18km

Total - 170.2km.  30min stepper.

So, a quick catch up on my ''End of year, 500km challenge''...all is on track!  It has been a big week but a super fun one!  I have really enjoyed my runs and the k's are ticking over nicely!  If I stick to my projected distances this week I will own 500km in three weeks!  YES!

The point however for this blog, as you would expect is an end of year wrap up and 2013 outlook! 

This year has been a super year and by far my best running wise.  I have completed a half marathon on trail, a marathon completely barefoot, three ultras on trail (50km-50miles), my first DNF (but still did 59km) at Glasshouse 100, a road run to Childers (ultra distance), and a road ultra.  Appart from a few very minor hiccups, I have been very consistent and absolutlly loving my running!  As Killian says, 'More k's equals more fun!

At the end of last year, I also set myself a goal of running 5200km which is an average of 100km per week.  Now that scared the heck out of me!  100km in a week is not alot for me now, but to AVERAGE it for a whole year...WO!  Well I am pleased, and very proud to announce that...drum roll please...I ran a total of 5465.9km in 2012!  STOKED!  And only 15.4km of that was in shoes.  The rest was in huarache sandals or completely barefoot!  Good times!  I am very proud of my efforts and forks to those who say 'New Years Resolutions' can't be kept!  (Not that it was really one of those but you know!)

So....that is a little of the year that has gone, but what about the year ahead?  Well I have some potential life changing things happening in 2013 (our second baby and another potentially massive change...stay tuned for that one!), but I am still going to set myself some lofty goals, stick them on the wall and smash through them the best I can!  I may fall short on some, but you know what, I am going to give it my all to achieve them all!  I have never really set concrete New Years goals, but this year, I am writing them down and going to give them all a bloody good crack!  So, to make myself completely accountable and transparent, I am going to make them public and hope that any and all of you, when I catch up with you along the way, might feel compelled to encourage me and maybe even set some lofty, specific goals yourself!?  Please share!  Do it, you will not regret it! they are.

- To draw closer to God by remaining true to my daily devotions and be more regular at church (this is hard at times with my job)
- To be a better husband and father.  More loving, more patient and slower to anger.
- Build better and stronger friendships and be more giving in all areas of my life.
- Commit 100% to the Engine 2 lifestyle for ONE WHOLE YEAR!!!  Transform my body, mind and spirit into a new being through this beautiful way of eating.  (That's right, a WHOLE YEAR!  BRING IT!)
- Run everyday for pure joy.  Aim to run 7000km in the calender year.

Two 100mile plus runs
Three 100km plus runs
Hares and Hounds (55km)
Mt Mee Marathon
Cooks Tour (80km)
Fat Ass 50mile (an event Ï am organising)
Flinders Tour (50km)
Cane to Coral Half Marathon
Glasshouse 100miler or Surf Coast Century 100km

Possible events...
Great North Walk 100miles
Three marathons in three days Cairns
Coast to Kosi 240km
Any others that might pop up along the way!

So there it black and white!  Some of it scares the heck out of me (especially the Engine 2 eating for a whole year and the 7000km of running!), but hay, life is pretty boring without a bit of fear!  I can not wait to do my very best to achieve and blow my goals out of the water.

I just want to end by thanking each and everyone of you for taking the time to read my blog.  I really love doing it and I am always taken aback a little when people say they have been reading it and how much they have been enjoying it.  THANK YOU!  I hope and pray that this means of communication will inspire you, encourage you and make you push for bigger and better things in your own lives.  Thanks again friends, run free and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Week one...

Week One of 500k challenge… 

17/12 – AM – 15.05km sandals and 15min stepper.  PM – 6.07km sandals.

Felt a bit ordinary in the morning but got through ok.  Afternoon run was very hot and windy.  Started to get a twinge in my left knee.  Not sure what that is about?
Vegan wolf crew represent!
18/12 – AM – 25.07km sandals.

Ran 15k with Jodie.  About half way through the run I thought I was going to have to stop as my knee was so sore but I battled through and started some serious self treatment (TENS, ice and Loris magic potion!  Drove to Brisbane in the morning and got tattooed in the arvo.  Wolf is DONE and got a little love heart done as well. 

19/12 – AM – 16.03km sandals.  PM – 6.06km sandals and 15min stepper.

Ran at Kippa Ring/Redcliffe with Jeff from The Running Podcast.  It was humid but he pushed me along nicely and we had some ripper convo.  Great to catch up with him.  Knee was a little better once warmed up.  Drove back from Brizzy and then arvo run was hot and legs were a little heavy but was good fun. 

Oh cute!
20/12 – AM – 25.03km sandals.

Did 11km with Jodie, Bec and their mate they had met on a previous run.  Finished off on my own and did it a little tough due to the increase in k’s but got there.  The humidity has been roaring this week and been knocking me a bit! 

21/12 – AM – 12.15km new sandals.

Went well and smooth.  No drama.

22/12 – AM – 35.1km sandals.

Again did it a little tough through the middle k’s due to only having four hours sleep but finished strong which was great. 

23/12 – AM – 25.01km sandals.

Ran after finishing work at 4am.  Was an enjoyable stint with Dad and ploughed through.

Total – 165.6km running and 45min stepper.


Well, week one has been a success!  I thought on day one that I was going to have to pull out because of a sore knee but it came good and is now about 90%!  Thank God for that!  It has been a bit tough jumping up the k’s so much and also with the high humidity but I have battled through and proud of my first weeks efforts.
Since finishing my initial 28day Engine 2 program, I have been a little up and down with my eating.  I have still been vegan and am not swaying from that but just had a few things and overeaten a couple of times that have made me realise I do not want to live like that and the true Engine 2 way is supreme!   

For this reason, I have decided to set myself a new goal (along with my running goals!).  100 days of Engine 2 eating and living.  I felt that the 28days were good and set some good habits for my new way of life, but just needed a little longer to set them in concrete and live long term the best way possible.  So starting today, I am going to do 100days E2 living.  I will be keeping my journal again and at the end of the 100days, re-assess with the very high likelihood that I will continue to live that way as I feel SO awesome when I do.  I am also really looking forward to a couple of friends joining me along the way that have shown some keen interest in the plan.  Can not wait to have you on board Jeff, Benny and Lori!  You WILL achieve and see results you never thought possible on this plan, trust me!  Anyone else keen to give the 28day Engine 2 plan a go, I can not recommend it enough and I would love to support you in your journey if you want to give it a crack!  You wont regret it, trust me!  Drop me a line and we can be accountable to each other as it is recommended that you do it with someone else for support.  Great idea. 

I have also got some super feedback from Jeff about the Podcast!  He has said that over 2600 people have downloaded it and he is getting some really good emails etc about it.  Lots of interest!  So much so, that he wants me back on the show next year!  Bring it!  If you missed out on hearing it, I would love you to have a listen.  Click on the below link and download Episode 70.  Good times!  

So, apart from that, everything is ticking along nicely.  I have a big week of training ahead and can’t wait to get stuck in with my nutrition spot on.  Christmas is nearly here also and it will be a super time with family, celebrating Jesus Birthday and hanging out together.  I hope and pray that the time for you is a blessed one and that you can remember the real reason for the season.   

My next blog will be the last day of the year which is ridiculous!  Where has the year gone?!  I hope that you are all achieving your goals this week and that you are being blessed beyond measure!  Much love to you all and I will catch you next week!  Live long, run on, PLANT STRONG!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Set a goal.

What up friends!?  Hope this post finds you all well and excited to be alive! 

Well, not too much out of the ordinary to report on the running front this week.  My k's looked like this...72.7km running and 30min on the stepper.  It was a recovery week after my race last weekend and I managed to run every day which was good to shake out the soreness and keep me moving.  Going forward however...

So...I have decided to set myself a little goal.  I am aiming to run 500km in the next three weeks...whilst remaining on my clean E2 diet.  For those who are good at math (not me) that will look like: 165km this week, 170km the following week and 165km the last week.  I will then have an easier week before my next race, the first one for 2013, Hares and Hounds 53km trail run.

Now this all got me is all very well me setting myself some big goals, but the year is rounding out an as usual on the 31st of December, many of you will set yourself New Years goals....most of which unfortunately will not be kept!  I don't know why but that's the way it is!  I have been guilty of this in the past too don't worry.  So, come with me on a little adventure...

Tomorrow is Monday.  The 17th day of December, 2012.  Two weeks until the end of the year.  I am hoping and encouraging you all to set yourself a fitness/life goal.  Now don't be hatin, we can ALL get fitter and have more discipline in our lives!  I know I have a long way to go and am constantly trying to better myself and improve who I am and what my limitations are.  So, instead of waiting until New Years to 'get fitter', 'lose weight', 'get into running', blah blah blah...set your self a specific, little bit challenging goal for the next two weeks.  Lets go on a little 14day journey together.

Now, for you all, this will probably look completely different.  I know though with goals, you have to be specific.  To 'start running' just doesn't cut it.  So, commit with me.  This can be anything...but as I said BE SPECIFIC!  Wright it down, keep a little daily journal and stay focused.  So, what might this be?  Examples I hear you say...easy...for the next two weeks I will...

Run 5km a day
Start a marathon program
Go to the gym every afternoon
Ride 30min a day
Eat no junk food
Run 20km a day
Get up at 5am and walk for an hour every day
Lose 500g a week
Or anything you come up with!

What ever you like.  It doesn't have to be rocket science people!  I am a MASSIVE advocate for routine and am constantly drilling into my mates about it!  Set some discipline in your life.  Wake up early every day for the next two weeks, commit to your goal and I GUARANTEE that you will feel better for it. 

Whats the point of all this...WHY NOT!?  Why does everything in life have to have a reason!?  Why not just do something for the sake of achieving something!?  Also, when New Years comes around and people you know are setting their 'goals' and ask you what yours are, you can tell them that you have already started them and you are just going to keep on keeping on!  Trust me, it is MUCH easier to continue with something once you have been doing it regularly for two weeks than to start on a day where goals seem to be easily made and easily broken.

Life is about making each day better than the one before guys.  Think about it, if tomorrow is exactly the same as today, and you keep on this path, you will get 10years down the track and be in exactly the same spot you are now!  We all deserve better and should be aiming to make ourself and the world we live in better!

Now...a may fall of the wagon a little...big deal!  I don't know about you but the thought of so much running over the next three weeks scares the ink right out of my skin! (you like that?  Just came up with it!)  If you do have a bad moment (that's right, moment, not day), snap yourself out of it, send me a message/facey/email message and I'll kick you back into line and get right back on the horse!  The most successful people that have ever lived failed time and time again however NEVER gave up!  You can do this, its only two weeks and I hope that will set a routine in your life that will see you sprint into the New Year, not limp with a busted knee and whinging voice!

So that's it crew!  I can not wait to get started on my little personal challenge and I can not wait to hear what you guys come up with and set yourself!  Let's rip as much guts out of this life we can and soak up every blessed moment!  Keep positive friends, laugh often and set those goals!  RIP IN! 
Live long, Run on, PLANT strong!

Friday, 14 December 2012


Gday all!  Just a quick post today to let you all know that my maiden Podcast is out!!!!!  VERY VERY exciting for me!  Thanks again to Jeff for having me on the show, it was super fun!  So, if your interested, kick back, relax and have a listen!  (Link below)

As a side point, if any of you are interested, please subscribe to my Blog.  You can also now leave comments on Blogger (you only used to be able to if you were a blogger yourself.)  If you dont mind, pass the word around about my Blog and if any of you think my writings/thoughts are worth sharing with others Id be stoked if you spread the TattooRunner word!

Thats it for the moment crew!  I will be posting Monday about a new short adventure I am challenging myself to but in the mean time, run free and enjoy the Podcast!  live long, PLANT STRONG!!!

If you go to my Podcast is at the top avalible for download....

Monday, 10 December 2012

OMGosh, flippin amazingly excited!!!

Week 26/11/12 - 02/12/12 - 106.7km running (both barefoot and Luna Sandals)
Week 03/12/12 - 0912/12 - 92.9km running (both barefoot and Luna Sandals...including 50km race)

WHAT UP CREW!!!???  So, just a short summery of the last two weeks today as I have too much other exciting news (well for me anyway) to ramble about!  First up...race day...

09/12/12 - Kurrawa to Durranbah 50km road race.

Not the best photo as off my phone
but you get the idea!
So...for those of you who know me, know that I don't run road races...UGH (unless I am barefoot!), however after my disappointment of Glasshouse this year, I wanted to round the year out on a positive and this event is one that I have been wanting to do for some time so WHY NOT!?  So, Dad and I headed down for the event and it was an absolute hoot!  We caught up with the beautiful Woodward family on the way down for some lunch and also met up with the Tomlins for some good laughs and awesome company on the Saturday night.  The next morning, I was booked in for the 50k and Dad, still returning from injury was locked in for the 30k so it was time for bed in prep for the next day.

The spoils...
On the morning of, we headed down to the start line and caught up with some friends, had a laugh and got sorted...sandals, shorts and I'm good to go!  Before long we were off and on the way down (out and back course) I met a young fella named Sean.  He was a really lovely bloke and we got along like a house on fire.  It certainly made the 25km trip out fly by.  Before long we turned and started heading back.  Things were going well however I may have gone a touch fast on the way out...hum...  At about the 30km mark, for some reason my stomach started to disagree with me.  I found it hard to take on much fuel (very out of the ordinary for me) but still kept plugging along, on my own by this stage.  By the 42k mark I started suffering with bad cramps in my calf's and feet.  I never suffer with these but I think the combination of the heat, running on bitumen and concrete (yuck) and not being able to fuel so well made it all the worst!  I went into the ''pain closet'' and pushed through.  I started the race with a personal goal of under 5hours and ended up finishing in 4hrs 48min 40sec.  I was pretty darn chuffed!  My fitness/training and diet has improved dramatically over the last weeks and I am stoked with how the day turned out.  We mingled at the finish, chatted a heap and generally had a good time.  After a quick over night stop at the Glovers (love you guys) we headed home after what was a really, really enjoyable weekend.

The Engine 2 Diet - 11/11/12 - 10/12/12 - One of the most life changing, challenging things I have EVER done!

So, leading up to my 30th Birthday I had made the decision to go vegan.  I needed something to really kick start things and challenge me like I have never been challenged before.  I had heard of the Engine 2 Diet in some of my research but didn't know a whole heap about it.  I had bought the book about a month before my 3-0 and consumed the information like nobodies business!  So, come the 11/11 I was ready to rumble.

For those not aware of the plan, it is basically a complete vegan diet (no animal products including dairy, eggs etc), whole grains (brown rice, pasta etc), no fat and no stimulants (ie. coffee, tea etc).  What a journey this was going to be!  The first 4-5 days were hell!  I was falling asleep at lunch time, falling asleep at 7.30 at night and just so tired!  Who woulda thought my three coffees a day had such an effect!?  As the time went by though things just got better and better.  There were moments were I hadn't consumed enough calories therefore was tired, but apart from that I was powering!

The best thing about this plan, for someone like me who trains alot, is that as long as you stay within the guidelines, you can eat as MUCH AS YOU WANT!!!  This is because the food your consuming goes in, does what it is meant to and then goes out.  Simple!  The recipes in the book are AMAZING and the thing I found is that because it is American, and Texan of all places, if a recipe says it will serve 2-3, that means 4-6!  Ha!  Ripper!  Heaps of super tasty, gold left overs for lunches and extra meals!

One of the things I was worried about doing this was my training.  I didn't need to worry though as I trained pretty hard during the four weeks and my speed actually increased about 10-20seconds per km just by my change in diet, nothing different!  For the four weeks of the plan I ran (barefoot and in Luna Sandals):

92.9km (race week)

One of the main reasons this plan was created by Rip Esselstyn (an ex-professional Ironman triathlete and Texan wimps there!) was for Americans to lower their cholesterol (among a VAST number of other health reasons).  Being pretty healthy already, I wasn't overly concerned with this (it has always been in the 'normal' range) I made the decision to go vegan for long term health.  I have also wanted to get my eating and weight more stable and under control.  Although I was vegetarian and ate better than the average person, there were still alot of decisions and things about my diet I wasn't happy with.  This plan really kicked that right in the face!  Wait for the results below!

During the time I also ordered and watched Forks over Knives.  If any of you haven't seen it and want a wake up call about your health, WATCH IT!  I am sure you can get it from your local library or if your local to me, let me know and you can borrow mine.  INCREDIBLE!

So, overall the last four weeks of my life has been far and beyond what I could have expected and dreamt of!  I feel so much lighter, healthier and really love all the amazing food/recipes I have been cooking up.  Yeah it takes a little more effort but it is well worth it!  As I always say, nothing worthwhile in life is easy!  The only thing I don't like about the whole thing is that it has the word 'diet' in it!  This is not a diet!  It is a lifestyle change and choice that is sustainable, liberating and beautiful for YOUR WHOLE LIFE!

So, now I am finished the initial four weeks and going forward, I am going to continue to eat pretty much exactly the same as I have over the plan.  I am starting to have coffee and tea again but all the sugar is gone.  I am also coming up to some heavy training so I will have some sports nutrition (vegan obviously) to keep me going.  I am going to continue to keep my food journal and keep a close eye on how I feel and also my weight.  If things start to slide, or I'm not 100% happy with how I feel and am training, I will not hesitate to get back on the 100% clean Engine 2 plan and stay on it for good.

I just want to say thanks to all my friends and family who support me in my adventures, all the on line informantion out there, my beautiful wife and also all the crew at Engine 2 Diet.  Rip and your team, I know I don't know you, but thanks for inspiring my life and helping me to change for good!

SO....apart from feeling AWESOME and running/recovering better than ever, a VERY exciting result for me was on the scales!  I started the plan at 83.7kg and in the four weeks I lost 7.1kg and am now weighing in at 76.6km.  HOLY MAKRAL!!!!!  Words cannot even describe how amazed and proud of myself I am at this result!  I never would have thought it would have been possible, eating more, feeling great and losing that much weight!  SUPER STOKED!!!!  I have a few kg's I want to drop yet however have no doubt that by continuing to live this new beautiful lifestyle I will far exceed my goals and ideas of how healthy and lean I can get!

Well, that is it my friends!  I want to encourage you all to explore your options!  Broaden your ideas on what 'healthy' is and try to make every day, every moment, better than the one before!  Life is short friends, but with a wholefoods, low fat vegan diet, IT CAN BE LONGER! 

I love you all and there is some really cool stuff coming to round out my year!  I am a guest on a Podcast coming out in the next week or so, and I have a big training challenge ahead too so stay tuned for these adventures!  Keep smiling friends, say gday to a stranger, do something for free, chat to your Chrissy postman on...TattooRunner.