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Race Report: Austin Marathon 2017

I think the prestige of Boston has made the road marathon the ultimate running event for non-elite runners. I’ve long had mixed feelings about this phenomenon. I don’t believe the marathon is the best goal for people who run to stay healthy. Not only is running 26.2 miles extremely difficult, it’s incredibly hard to train at volume, focus on speed, and still get to the starting line uninjured. In order to prepare for marathons, many coaches will encourage at least a five to six month Continue reading →

Adventure around America via Amtrak in 12 segments

I’ve got a bad case of wanderlust. I’m ready to plan my next solo adventure – an Adventure around America via Amtrak. This year marks 10 years of blogging for me – since I first moved to the USA in August of 2007 – and so it feels a little like I’m coming full circle. Later this year – all things being equal – I will be eligible to apply for US citizenship, and it feels appropriate to explore more of this country, to understand Continue reading →

The victories of a life hard earned; not taking anything for granted

The list of things I take for granted is very small, and growing smaller with each passing year. In fact, i’m not sure what’s on it anymore. By contrast, all of that which I don’t take for granted is growing ever longer. My health.  My ability to exercise or compete. It’s been difficult watching RM deal with his injury, but I feel like I have a little experience with this frustrated injured athlete thing. Time with Dwight. The future. Time in one location. Being able Continue reading →

Learning how to crew for an ultra

So, now i’m learning how to crew for an ultra. The story goes that I entered him a half marathon without talking to him first, and then he won the race. These days, we talk through the schedule of races and training together. I can’t always be with him for every race, but part of the adventure of Running Man’s foray into longer trail and road races is my own learning curve in understanding what it means to be an effective support crew. As Geri Continue reading →

Gear Reviews: Why being thoughtfully critical is what the rest of us need

Holy Gear Reviews, Batman! As Dwight and I have been narrowing down gear, preparing to upgrade his GPS watch, and buy a new headlamp, we’ve read and watched hundreds of reviews. And we’ve found a problem. Reviewing is big in every industry where the major producers are looking for athletes, purveyors, or consumers to endorse their products. The recommendation economy is alive and well in the world of running, and in particular marathon training, racing, and ultrarunning. But, on the whole, many of the gear Continue reading →

When being In limbo is a gift: immigration paperwork

The last 20 weeks have been a whirlwind. A whirlwind of changes, of immigration paperwork, of realising just how little i understand about being a military spouse. This time last November, RM had just proposed and we were figuring out wedding plans and all of the permissions needed for us to make our late January wedding date work. But work it did and it was beautiful. It required permission from different parts of the AirForce in different parts of the world. It was quite the Continue reading →

Things to Do in New Mexico

New Mexico is both a very very old land and a new state: as I’ve said before “It’s not New, and it’s not Mexico.” Some families with long standing arrived around 1909. it makes Australia feel positively old – yet, there’s something ancient about the landscape and the pueblo culture. Moving to New Mexico with the AirForce isn’t necessarily considered a plum gig (I mean compare it to oceanside or city bases and it does seem rough) but you need to roll with the punches Continue reading →

A jaunt northward: through the Hunter Valley

Heading north to the Peel Valley through the Hunter Valley, I feel the landscape change. As I head north by north west, we enter the hunter valley, and glide by the vineyards and row upon row of horse fences. Further north, the landscape changes again as we cross the great divide. And it’s not just the newly reformed roads heading north! Although, the new hunter expressway makes this trip about 30 minutes quicker, cutting the 295km journey that was previously just over 4 hours to Continue reading →

Almost Homeless

I’m almost homeless. I haven’t really had a place that was my own since I left the cottage-by-the-sea. I’ve seen glimpses of the possibility of home, but I’ve been barely able to make the room in which I’ve slept my own. I’ve moved around a lot, too much even for me. It’s been less and more dramatic than it might otherwise have been. But after 2 years of almost homelessness, I have a home now and it is on the opposite side of the world. Continue reading →

Winds of Change: Public Transport

“Next Stop Fassifern!” – the tinny recorded voice over familiar on NSW public transport heralds insistently. The quiet carriage is mercifully quiet as we trundle past abandoning manufacturing yards filled with rusting stormwater pipe and graffiti-tagged concrete drains. The marshland interjects itself reminding the people-folk that their reclaimed land – rehabilitated for housing developments after mining – has depleted the earth of all that it deems useful. The mounds of coal sits in piles. The train glides by a steel works, still operating from the Continue reading →