Welcome to my blog. The title originates when my primary athletic activity was competitive walking, but now that I am back to running it also includes that.

Not all content is accessible from the main page: for example, the rogaines, racewalking, and ultramarathon pages all include content that is only accessible from those pages.


Ultramarathons are any event longer than the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles / 42.195km. Standard distances for ultras are 50km, 50 miles, 100km, and 100 miles. There are also 12 hour and 24 hour track runs, and multi-day "stage races".

I have currently (September 2012) completed 30 ultramarathons, plus 1 DNF at about 66km at the Molesworth Run. Reports for most events are provided below.

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Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation. Events can be as short as 2-3 hours or the standard 24 hours. Teamwork, endurance, competition and an appreciation for the natural environment are features of the sport. Rogaining involves both route planning and navigation between checkpoints using a variety of map types.

GN Phillips and RJ Phillips, Rogaining, 3rd ed, 2000

The two main umbrella organisations for rogaining in New Zealand are: My reports for selected events are provided below.

Hiking and Mountains

The Hiking, Trail Running, and Mountains pages are all inter-related, but with some subtle differences:
  • Hiking is not an organised race, and may include Coastal Adventures, activities in the Mountains, and hiking in other locations;
  • Trail Running covers organised events, some in the mountains, but others on local hills and trails; and
  • The Mountains category covers both events and hiking in various places that can be classed as mountains.

  • Racewalking

    Racewalking only has to meet two technical requirements:
    • no loss of contact, as judged by the human eye; and
    • the leg has to be straight from the moment of first contact until it is upright.
    More detailed rules are here.

    I'm not particularly good at racewalking, often falling foul of the straight leg rule. But I still give it a go and here are the results of my endeavours.


    This blog is primarily about my walking activities, but sometimes I do run. Here are reports for events where I have run.

    Shorter Races

    I classify events as ultramarathons, marathons, rogaines, and "shorter events". So a "shorter event" is just something that is shorter than a marathon and is not a rogaine. Consequently there's a mixed bag in here: running, racewalking, half marathons, 10k and 5k races, , etc.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    Training Highs and Lows

    The passing of Christmas means it's time to get serious about training for the Taupo 100km on 19 February.  So towards the end of a week of reasonably good training I had a 50k session on Thursday 30 December.  My time was nothing spectacular, but nor was it intended to be: this was just a good long session, and I came away from it feeling good.

    A rest day on the Friday and then a 10k for recovery on the Saturday.  Sunday was supposed to be something a little longer, probably a 21k, but instead I kicked the table leg and did something painful to the little toe on my left foot.  Very painful, so it was out with a bag of frozen veges to try and reduce the damage.  A bruise developed as the day progressed and it was still quite sore.  Monday my little toe was still sore, but improving noticeably towards the end of the day.

    Photo of my left foot after today's training session, showing the bruising.

    Tuesday my foot was good enough for some speed work.  This was the first speed work or short race that I had done for many, many months, so I started conservatively with 5x500m with 500m recovery.  Being out of practice I struggled to hold a constant pace over all 5 repeats, but the last two were the fastest so I am happy with that.

    The general plan for the next 6 weeks is to progressively build up the speed work to at least 5 x 1km repeats interspersed with 5k races, and to include another couple of 50k sessions and the 60km Hutt River Trail ultra.


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