Central Coast Run Film - Dec 27th 2019

Running is an incredible sport that lifts people out of their daily grind and allows them some time to escape and process any dramas or feelings they may be experiencing.

When I first started running I thought I was just doing it to loose some weight and get healthy but along the way I found it had many other benefits.

Way back in 2013 I had hit 100kg on the scales and my BMI had me as solidly obese. I thought that if I continued on the path I was going to end up being morbidly obese and unable to enjoy life.

I decided that then was the time to do something and committed to running everyday. Even if it was just a little bit. It didn't matter.

There's no better way to get your step count up quickly but I learned that even running just a little meant that having some good gear to help make it feasible.

I kept finding new ways to get hurt while running. Like chaffed everything!

Baggy clothing is not you're friend unfortunately, you need to have clothes that fit properly so they don't move around so much  when they're sweaty and give you chaffing.

By 2017 I was running pretty well having lost 30kg and joined my local athletics club. I achieved running a half marathon in 82:06 which is a reasonable pace for a novice runner.

Since I started running I have wanted to make a film that inspires and motivates people to run because I believe that running brings with it such a primal release that everyone should get to experience it.

I want those who say "I can't understand why anyone would like running" to understand what is that they are missing out on.

During 2019 I met Phil who is a film maker and we started talking about potentially making a film about why people run.

We asked runners on the Central Coast to make a quick video of themselves answering some questions about why they run and we got plenty of responses on our Facebook page

With an even greater understanding of what everyday people get out of running we are continuing the journey to put this short film together.

The most immediate next step is to review all the responses and put together a story that the short film will tell.

Stretching guide from Runners World

Importance of Stretching

I can't stress enough how important is is to stretch after a training session. As a runner I find that each time I go out for a run I return with sore muscles and this soreness means that I need to stretch to help my body recover.

I've found that using a foam roller from time to time also helps to alleviate soreness and tightness of muscles. I've also been fond of using a trigger point ball on my hip flexors and to help reduce tightness in this hard to reach area.

I have also found this stretching guide that Runners World has put together quite instructive . 



Is It a Zombie or a Marathoner

When watching marathon runners trying to walk after the run you can’t help but laugh or at least giggle. We all know the struggle, but it’s funny to see 1,000+ people walk like zombies in one direction (The Walking Dead?)…or maybe they remind you of little ducklings?

In any case – very amusing for us pain free, sitting in our chairs.


Next 5 Marathons

What are the five marathons you'd like to complete? Boston has always been high on my list and I'm sure I'll get there at some point but not this year :)

Getting Back to Running

I've been injured for a while and am now finally getting back to being able to run any distance without feeling like my hip wasn't working. For quite a while I was training but not achieving any of my athletic goals because I was not able to move how I needed to be able to let alone do it without it hurting. Now however after many trips to the physio and doctors I am now of the slow road to recovery and getting back into shape. Looking at the photo I am impressed with how lean I managed to get after just a few years of running and how fast I managed to get even though I had done relatively little running early on and in fact was very over weight through my early and mid twenties.

It all changed when I turned 28 an thought gee I'm fat, a smoker and not happy and decided now was the time to change a few things. There were a few missteps but in the end I quit smoking and lost almost 30kg (when I was at my lightest).

Any how this website will detail my training and keep you informed of my progress.