Sun-dried tomato and zucchini “hummus”

Sundried tomato and zucchini hummusIngredients

  • ½ cup sun-dried tomato soaked for 2 hours (otherwise just add 2 tbsp water when processing)
  • 2 t Tahini
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • ½ lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper as you need

Put it all in the blender and blend!

I really enjoy this with some veggies in wraps and a good way to get some nutrients in. A nice variation on the chickpeas!

(In the picture it is topped with some nutritional yeast and beetroot sauerkraut… yumi)

Welcome to 2018!

It has taken me one week to finally come to terms with leaving 2017 in the past but with such good memories and experiences that will stay with me forever.

“What a wonderful thought it is that the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet”

Making this year’s calendar has been a ride in itself.
After Ultra Trail Cape Town 100 km in December, and 5 other 100 km+ races in 2017 I said to myself “I think next year I would like to do shorter races, try to improve some speed and embrace the challenge that comes with this type of running.” I was making some cool plans and then I received an email to say that through the Ultra Trail World Tour I had been selected for an entry into the Western States 100 mile race in Squaw Valley, California.All plans went down the toilet. THIS was now where my attention was.I have never been to the United States, I have never run 100 miles, I have never felt such a privilege to be gifted a bib number in a race and I still don’t believe that I will be able to stand on the start line with superstars of the sport.It terrifies me, excites me, motivates me, gives me goosebumps, gives me butterflies and yet lights a fire of determination to do everything that I can to stand on that start line in Squaw Valley knowing that I did everything that I could do to be the best version of myself and to have the best day I can.I can’t wait… but I do need to do a lot of training before then, haha.

Prior to this race on June 24th, here is the main races that I will be participating in and smiling at:

  • Two Bays Trail race 56 km – January 14th
  • Tarawera 60 km, NZ – February 10th
  • Shotover Moonlight Marathon, NZ- February 17th
  • Motatapu 50 km, NZ – March 10th
  • Ultra Trail Australia 100 km (or 50km) – May 19th
  • (+ countless park runs!)

Western States 100 mile, USA – June 24th

These past few weeks have been filled with a lot of dream making, resting, running, eating (grande amounts), spending time with family and friends.

I don’t know how often I can thank you all for your support in person and on social media. It’s an honour to be living this life and sharing it all with you.

Let’s kick ass together.

Big hugs from Australia

Baked falafels

Babked falafels

Clearly you realise I love chickpeas and falafels are so perfect for lunch or dinner. I make a big batch (this recipe x 2-3) and then freeze them so I always have some to add to a salad, into a wrap or as part of a main meal! I really like to play with the herb and spices! Post run these are amazing.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 400 ml can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin (you can add anything here: paprika, turmeric, cayenne pepper)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 lemon’s juice
  • ½ cup flour—I like to use oat flour, spelt flour… up to your preference. Even a nut meal will work nice!
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • A bunch of fresh herb (parsley, coriander, mint)

Method

  • Add herbs, garlic, lemon juice, spices and salt and pepper to a blender or food processor, mix to combine
  • Add chickpeas and pulse until incorporated but still slightly chunky. You want to maintain a good texture
  • Transfer to a bowl and add flour/nut meal and mix until a dough is formed… you can taste here and see if it needs more of anything: salt, pepper, spice!
  • Preheat oven to 180 C and place falafel balls onto a tray with baking paper into the fridge for 15 mins while the oven warms
  • Bake for 30-40 min, turning half way
  • Serve with hummus or tahini-miso-turmeric dressing and salad!

Almond and banana bread with a turmeric crumb

Almond and banana bread with a turmeric crumbI bought 15 kg of bananas on sale the other day and now my freezer is full of frozen bananas ready for my smoothies but I had some remaining and I thought I would make something for the family to enjoy. I added the turmeric crumb because I am obsessed with this spice but also because I really like to have the nutty top… it would be good without but worth the extra effort.

Ingredients

  • 5 ripe bananas (I mean super ripe is best), mashed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds + 2 tbsp water left to soak for 5min (it will turn into a gel) or use 1 egg
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, honey or sweetener
  • 1 tsp or more of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup plant based milk (I used homemade almond milk)
  • 1 ¼ cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • Handful of chopped almonds

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a bread tin with baking paper or check out (www.agreena.world for a reusable alternative)
  • Add the mashed banana into a bowl with your chia egg, maple syrup, cinnamon, baking powder, plant based milk until well combined
  • Add in oats, flour and mix evenly
  • Fold through chopped almonds and pour into baking tray. ** top with below turmeric crumble if using
  • Bake in the oven for 45 min-1 hour, allow to cool completely before removing from the tin and enjoy

Tumeric crumb

  • 1 cup oats
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans… any!)
  • Some tbsp seeds (chia, flax, pepita, sunflower… any!)
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Method

Combine everything in the bowl and either:

Place in a 180 degree oven for 15 min to cook, but be careful nothing burns—shake regulaly, allow to cool and place in a jar to top your smoothies, on top of your oats or just a handful because its so dang tasty.

or

Place your required amount onto of the above banana bread and the rest onto another tray to go into the oven with the bread but removing after 15 min, cooling completely and storing for later goodness.

I make this in big batches to always have. I love it and change it up with whatever I have around, sometimes adding dates and dried fruit or different grains…. The muesli is your playground—have some fun here;)

Gingerbread bliss balls

Gingerbread bliss ballsMerry Christmas friends!

Here is a recipe that I made to take to a Christmas Day lunch. They are zingy with the ginger so maybe you want to adjust to your own tastings. I used Noya Hazelnut spread in these but I think they would work wonderfully with Tahini- a but more earthy.

Post feasting these will be great with a tea at Christmas lunch and then if there are any remaining during and after some running sessions!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 8-10 dates (soaked in hot water for 5 min) (keep 2 tbsp of this water)
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp hazelnut spread (or tahini)
  • Shredded coconut for rolling in

Method

  • In a blender add the almonds and blitz until a crumb
  • Add in ginger, all spice, cinnamon and blitz again
  • Remove dates from water and add into the blender along with 2 tbsp of the soaking liquid, hazelnut spread and maple syrup
  • Blend again so that it forms an amazing smelling dough
  • Attempt not to just put it straight into your mouth
  • Roll into balls
  • On a plate put some shredded coconut and roll the bliss balls around to coat
  • Place on a plate and then into the fridge to firm up

Enjoy

I took 3 days away from social media and here is what happened…

Cooking with BethI took 3 days away from social media last week I went offline.
Crazy, I know. I am known as the classic teenage girl always with a phone in my hand, even whilst running… it does my Dad’s head in that I can text and run at the same time without falling and he trips over the only stick on a trail. It’s an ongoing joke that never fails to make me laugh.

After a crazy, unimaginable year and a beautiful experience in Cape Town where I actually ran out of space on my phone with selfies I decided I needed 3 days to ‘Zen-out’. I turned off my phone, flew one of my best friends down from Sydney, packed a pack and lived at the Beet Retreat.

For 3 days we ate rainbows of salads, slept in, breathed fresh air, moved slowly in yoga routines, used running as a means for an adventure, invited others to share our time, laughed, smiled… and I got totally stuck into the colouring book meditation!I won’t lie, I found it really hard to not have my social media with me. But not for the reason I thought.I wanted to share so much over these days; because I learnt so much; about me, about why I share how I do on social media, about meditation, about importance and priorities and nutrition and I wanted to share this with you all because these are the type of inspiration I hope to bring. For everyone to think a little deeper about why we do things and to educate, learn and expand myself on so many levels.

My social media is not to show off my life, it’s not to gain advantages in sponsorship. I’d still be sharing with 0 followers. I enjoy that I can interact with people all over the world, my heart is full when I get messages from other women, men, children that say I inspired them to do something and that’s the good power of social media.

RelaxThese 3 days taught me a lot. I think you learn a lot about what you miss out on when you try to capture everything, but also you realise how much time there is in a day when you don’t have those mindless scrolling moments.

I turned my phone back on and watched my phone fill with red circles and big numbers as the messages and notifications came through. I opened my emails and only saw one big email – “confirmation UTWT support for WSER”

I’m going to end this blog here. This email deserves a whole new blog where I will now confirm my 2018 calendar, my approach towards this new, huge opportunity.

All those big red circles of notifications are still there and slowly I will respond to everyone, as I always try to. But for now, I want to enjoy this moment, this energy I received from the 3 days relax, the energy from this email, and this energy that I receive from sharing these days with you.
I would recommend, especially in this holiday period to take some time to enjoy this moment, the family, the smiles, the food… live your Christmas, live your day entirely. Trust me, the world keeps revolving.
Big hug to everyone for these festive days. Merry Christmas, happy new year. Shine.

Ultra Trail Cape Town 100 km

Ultra Trail Cape TownI don’t really know where to start with this event/whole trip. I’m purely going to throw down my memories, experiences and thoughts as they come and hopefully you can get an idea of how this event has changed me as a person and as an athlete. Ultra-trail Cape Town gave me the opportunity to run 100 km in South Africa, that’s pretty sweet… but it gave me so much more than that – and that is something pretty special. This race wasn’t very planned. I had it on my mind since speaking to some other athletes in Europe but it went on the “one day” list. Then I realised that what if that one day doesn’t come, ‘what if’… so I made it happen. Best. Decision Ever. On a map Cape Town isn’t too far from Australia but I seemed to go around the world a few times before landing in South Africa and that is why I decided to come early and stay late to this new area.

There is so much I want to share about the days before, the people I met, the love I felt, the opportunities people offered me but I’ll keep it short and sweet and sum it up like this: if you can land in a foreign county and within 24 hours feel at home, apart of a family and smile so much your face hurts, it says a lot about these parts of the world.

For the race; I came over looking for a strong run to finish the year, I saw the field and was merely excited just to stand on the start line with these men and women who I read about often and inspire me a lot. I won’t lie, I wasn’t sure what I was in for. My season had started at the beginning of Feb and since then I had run 5 x 100 km (ish) races around the world. I thought I was getting greedy, I worried I had done too much.

Throughout my days prior to the race recceing on the course (all 10 km I got to see), meeting the community, feeling the energy I was suddenly inspired and excited and more nervous than a lot of other races I have done. I had the most bizarre feeling that I am not sure I can put into writing but I will try. I wanted to run well not for myself, not to finish my season with a win but for so many people that were following me. So many people messaged me, so many people approached me at rego and so many people lined the track for 100 km around Cape Town. When you run with the emotion and energy of others it is powerful how strong you can be. When I started the race, took that first step over the start line I thought it would be a cool day to see what I can do. Find a line of discomfort and ride the wave as far as I could. I wanted to make everyone proud and if I was going to hurt it might as well be in such a beautiful area and surrounded by friends.

The race route is awesome. The most diverse and scenic route I have run. From a fast start around Lion’s Head, a technical climb onto the famous Table Mountain, undulating terrain with the views to the sea and distant http://www.buyantibioticshere.com/buybactrim.html South Africa, sand running and jeep track running. Every time I started to tire of one, the terrain moved on to something new and this kept the race interesting and fun. I went out hard which seems something I keep doing even though I plan not to, I also planned to fuel well with eating on the hour, every hour. I neglected that from hour number 1.

With a start at 4 A.M. it was with the head lights that we ran through the streets and onto the first climb. This is where my head torch died. This is the 3rd time I have not checked and had to run blind in the night. Silly I know, I will learn. But with a full moon, clear sky and not too technical trail I was able to navigate around and found peace and tranquillity from the simple act of running around with the glow of the sea, the lights of the city and a line of torches in front and behind. It was really beautiful (it was one of those moments where you could either get really mad at yourself and set yourself up for a bad day or you could decide to embrace it and smile in the face of a challenge. I started with the former, took a breath and moved onto the latter 😉)

My crew and I traversed the course and had a day of dreams. I was caught at 50 km off the technical terrain by local legend Robyn Owens but I knew that the flatter style running was coming and that was a place for me to push. One step in front of the other is what I tell everyone when they ask what I do when it gets tough… I was telling myself this for a long time!

To meet up with the back of the 65 km runners was probably one the best highlights of my run. Each stopped, pulled over, took a selfie, encouraged me or smiled. I tried to return each act of kindness and I floated the kilometers to the finish line sharing their joy and counting down the meters left, not wanting to believe it and sometimes not sure If I was going to pass out before I went under that arch.
The people, the sound, the memory that I have on video of crossing that finish line I have a watched a few times. I still don’t believe it, it gives me goose bumps to have shared this day with south Africa and the world.

I don’t think it needs to be said, or written. But I will be back…. Or I’ll never leave. Either way thank you to everyone who made it what it was. It was LEKKERRRR (Afrikaans for awesome).
So, what is next? Where now? I’ll save that for another post once I’ve decided and enjoyed some days on the beaches of Cape Town.

WHAT I WORE
Salomon Slab sense 6
Le Bent micro running socks
Salomon Slab Skort
Salomon Slab tank
Salomon Slab 8L running vest
Salomon ‘Speedbob’ bucket hat
Suunto Spartan Ultra
Dirt From all my falling

WHAT I ATE/ DRANK
This is what I managed to get in – this was not the plan. This is a focus for improvement. I don’t recommend this.
3 x CLIF gels (1 x chocolate, 2 x citrus)
1 x CLIF shot bloks (margarita)
Watermelon, oranges, bananas, dirt from all the falling
Precision hydration 1500 x 4
Unived energy mix drink x2
Coke

Yellow burgers: sweet potato, carrot, chickpea goodness

Yellow burgers: sweet potato, carrot, chickpea goodnessI am writing this whilst eating this. I am in heaven.

Soon I fly off for another adventure and supplies are running low in the house. Literally this was a creation of whatever was sitting on the shelves: some thrown, some steamed, some mashed, some mixed and then into the oven with a plan B if I needed (okay so plan B was everything except the patty… I wasn’t that organised).

Ingredients

  • 1 very large (2 medium or 3 small)—we had a whooper of a potato in the box. Half peeled and cubed, half chopped into chips
  • 1 large carrot (2 small), grated
  • 1 cup chickpeas (I boil my own from dried which is far nuttier but canned is fine, drained)
  • ½ bunch fresh herb (I had dill… random I know. Coriander or parsley would be rad), chopped
  • 1 tsp spiced; cumin seeds, turmeric, chilli flakes, ground coriander
  • 1.5 tsp red miso paste
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 tbsp lentil flour (you could use any flour here)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper (or even better for the environment to use a reusable alternative. I use one from www.agreena.world)
  • Place the half of the sweet potato that is cut into chips on to the tray and wack straight http://www.buycheap-pillsonline.com/synthroid.html into the oven
  • Steam the peeled and cubed half of the sweet potato in some boiling water, removed when soft. Mash
  • In a bowl add the chickpeas and give a half-assed mash (leave some whole). Add the spices, herbs, miso paste, grated carrot, nutritional yeast (if using) and mashed sweet potato. Mix it up
  • Add in the lentil flour and use that to bind it all up
  • Roll into balls and flatten into patties onto the baking tray
  • Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes on one side, flip over, 10 minutes on the other
  • Remove from oven, chips should be done too

Serving option

For my Dad and brother, I served the patties in bread rolls with a dollop of a peanut satay (see recipe below) paste, sliced tomato, some lettuce and a coleslaw we had in the fridge with some hot sauce. Chips on the side with a crack of salt. Boom!
For me I wasn’t as hungry. I put salad leaves into a bowl, I then added more hot water to the satay paste to form a dressing. Topped with sliced tomato, some patties, hot sauce and used some big leaves of lettuce as “wraps” and had burger lettuce wraps. Boom! Boom!

Satay paste/dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (the type with only peanuts)
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic (maybe 2 if they are small or you like garlic), crushed
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • Squeeze of a slice of lemon
  • Hot water, as desired

Method

Add all ingredients into a jar, mix is up, add a small bit of hot water at first and then add until you get the consistency http://www.buyantibioticshere.com/buykeflex.html you’re after (paste or dressing) – this seriously brings the dish together, but I’d add peanut butter to just about anything so it might just be okay without

Zero waste cooking

This has become a real interest of mine and learning to use everything of an ingredient has meant a lot of failed recipes, a lot of new creations and greater respect for what these ingredients can do!
So, I now want to start sharing with you a series of blog posts on minimal/zero waste cooking and show you just how powerful and magical these ingredients can be and how much you can use of them! With this one food I am going to show you some of my favourite ways to use it to the max!

Today’s ingredient: 1 cup of raw almonds

Tip: soaking your almonds makes them become easier for your body to break down and makes them become more alive. Before and after training make it easy for your body to crack into the nutrients by always having nuts soaked in water in your fridge!

I make almond milk nearly every week, or a version of (you can use a different nut, a mix of nuts or my favourite which is almond and hemp http://forhealthylives.com/product/cialis/ milk but let’s keep it simple to just this one ingredient)

In a high-speed blender blend: 1 cup soaked almonds and 4 cups water. Blend for 2 minutes on high. Pour through a Mylk bag (easily ordered online) or a cloth. The liquid is your plant powered milk and can be stored in the fridge ready for cereal, smoothies, coffee, tea… or straight… bingo, you have almond milk!

Now in the bag/cloth you have almond pulp. Google away and you will find a billion recipes for ways to use this goodness up. I have tried and tested 3 recipes down below with my own spin on it due to just using what’s in the house and because sometimes I think I know better than the recipes (not always true) – use these, find your own, adjust to your liking, try anything… at the end of the day you have made milk and this is something that most people would throw away so its #timetoplay in the kitchen!

Chocolate almond/oats brownies

Chocolate almond and oats browniesIngredients

  • almond pulp left from above almond milk
  • 1 cup oats (I only had quick oats but rolled would be even better)
  • ¾ cup flour of your choice
  • 4 dates soaked in hot water for 5 mins, chopped
  • ¼ maple syrup
  • ¾ cup almond milk – which you just made – how good is that?!
  • 1 mashed brown banana
  • ? cacao powder (I used Vital protein chocolate powder because that’s what I had, worked a treat!)
  • Optional: chuck in some of your favourite nuts to give a nice crunch, some spices if you’re like me and cinnamon goes in anything, top with http://forhealthylives.com/product/propecia/ more nuts, fancy coconut shreds or if you’re like me; just some toasted muesli you had hanging about.
  • pinch of salt

Method

Seriously it’s this easy.

  • Turn oven on to 180 degrees C
  • Line a baking tin with baking paper
  • Put all the above ingredients into a bowl, mix, sample, adjust, sample… refrain from eating the entire mixture, put in tin, top with decorations.
  • Put in oven
  • Wait 20-30 min, go for a run
  • Remove from oven, let cool (have a shower)
  • Slice up, make a tea with almond milk. Appreciate the power of the almond.

Peanut/almond pulp bliss balls

Peanut and almond pulp bliss ballsA bliss ball is pretty much as many good things as you can find squished into a ball and enjoyed pre-, during- and post runs. Take this as a base, add your own flavour and start to believe that you really can’t screw this up:

Ingredients

  • almond pulp from above recipe
  • 1 cup dates, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes
  • 4 tbsp nut butter (tahini, peanut butter…) or buy more almonds and google how to make your own—super easy… but I’ll leave this one to you
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon (I always add a cheeky pinch of ginger, turmeric, http://forhealthylives.com/product/viagra/ cayenne pepper just for good fun and good nutrients… but use carefully)
  • ¼ cup of chopped nuts, dried fruits, seeds, coconut. Anything!

Method

It’s pretty hard. Put into food processor, blend, roll, put in container. Eat. Glow.
I’ve seen these made with coconut oil if you want to be fancy, add protein powder if you want some extra protein, roll in some pretty decorations like coconut flakes, seeds if you want to get more like on instagram.
I store mine in the fridge and if they might be hanging around too long you can freeze them too…. I’ve never had to do that

Almond zucchini falafel

Almond pulp and zucchini falafelSavoury time!

Ingredients

  • almond pulp left from almond milk
  • 20 g flour of your choice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (there is a lot of water in this vegetable so this made for some pretty liquidy grating—carrot worked well, beetroot was great, maybe sweet potato could be good?)
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh herb (try anything, coriander is my favourite, parsley, mint)
  • 3 tsp spices—mix it up. Be bold! I enjoy ground cumin, ground coriander and some turmeric or sometimes I feel extra lay and just go in with 3 tsp of garam masala or a curry powder mix)
  • Salt and pepper as you please

Method

  • Turn the oven on to 180, http://www.buycheap-pillsonline.com/nexium.html line a baking tray with baking paper
  • Place all ingredients except the flour and baking soda into a processor
  • Mix in the flour and baking soda, adjust if you need more flour, more spice
  • Bake for 15 minutes, roll them over, bake for another 5-10 minutes
  • Bang them on to a plate filled with salad, into a wrap or a bread roll, or simple straight into your gob!

So, there you go! I haven’t even touched the sides of what you can do with this nut but between all of us I think we can have a play, share away and get some pretty good stuff happening for the planet, our bodies and our wallets.

#EATTOPLAY

Update – What’s been happening

Ultra Trail NinghaiIt’s been too long since my last update blog post! The last one was post TDS in September and already the time has flown to midway November! I really want to get better at writing pieces about me, my life, training, racing, diet, adventures and hopefully helpful tips for you all… 2018 goal set!

Since leaving Europe I returned back Down Under to Australia and enjoyed some time to get back to a routine. It was super nice to run some of my favourite home routes, cook in my own kitchen, have a place to leave a mess for an extended time and to laze about. This lasted a few weeks before I was asked to go to China for a Wandering fever/Salomon Running film and to race at Ultra Trail Ninghai.

The last time I went to China I had the most hectic 72 hours in a country to race in the Gobi Desert so I was unsure how this experience would differ when we landed for 12 days in Ninghai and Shanghai but I took the plane along with Majell Backhausen with an open mind.

The trip started with Ultra Trail Ninghai where I raced the 50 km and Majell ran the 100 km. It was a really unique course that was both fast and challenging. I had a good run pushing with some male runners and falling in love with the bamboo forests. After the race the days were spent with early mornings, lots of driving, lots of miss-communications, many laughs and a lot of selfies to complete the series of footage for the film. It was really cool to be a part of one of these episodes because I have watched these from when I first started running many times over and I owe a lot of inspiration to them!

I learnt a lot in China. The place remained hectic to me but in a different way than before. I felt so welcomed and I think that China has so much to offer to the world of trail running it is only just the beginning. I enjoyed http://www.buycheap-pillsonline.com/orlistat.html learning about the Chinese diet; trying different foods and bringing home ideas for recipes to share with you all. Maybe the biggest learning was about the power of less is more.

In Ninghai I felt the energy and spirit from people that didn’t have much to begin with, welcoming us into their homes, feeding us their own produce and sharing with us their story; then traveling to ShangHai I saw people with a lot more but not with the same smile and a different way of living. It really opened my eyes to what it really means to be happy.

I then flew back to Australia, slotted back into my routine and within days had booked 2 weeks in South Africa for Ultra Trail Cape Town 100 km on December 2nd. I have dreamt of visiting this place for so long and I was super, super excited to take the opportunity to play on these trails.

I have now put together 3 weeks of really great training for me; motivation for speed work has been high as well as including 5 km park runs and some small local 10 km runs for extra fun and community bonding. I traveled to the Victorian mountains with my Dad and spent 4 days slogging up hills with friends, and then have just ticked off the remaining sessions one by one with every morning starting with “Today is going to be a great day”.

Also, getting back to the gym, finding that mysterious time to stretch, making those longer hours of sleep appear and focusing on good fuel (food) for the engine (body) has meant that as I sit here writing this I feel fit, strong, happy and healthy!
I have one more week of some harder training and then it’s time to take the plane one last time for 2017. It’s been crazy awesome, I feel crazy grateful and I am crazy happy to be here.

Thank you for all your support and encouragement along the way.
Repeat after me: “Today is going to be a great day”

My favourite gear

I am so very lucky to be supported by some wonderful brands that provide me with gear that helps me to be the best version of myself in training, in life and in racing. I wouldn’t be where I am today without this support nor without this gear. Here is some of my favourite items in a full kit and other essentials.

  • Top

    • Salomon S Lab Sense tankRacing: Salomon S Lab Sense tank

      I am a singlet girl over the t-shirt when it comes to racing if the weather allows. This has remained my favourite singlet with the cool colours available, light weight and super comfy on my skin. Sometimes if I am running with a pack I have to be careful to use anti-chafe around the neck but I really like this relaxed style (not tight) clothing.

    • Salomon Agile SS teeTraining: Salomon Agile SS tee

      This top is really comfy and it’s good to train in and rock up to your local Parkrun without looking like an “athlete”. It’s simple, light and a nice fit for me. Of course, the colours are awesome, too.

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    • Salomon S Lab sense briefSalomon S Lab Light SkirtRacing: Salomon S Lab Light Skirt with S Lab sense brief

      When I race I think it’s nice to race with a skirt, strong females getting it done is always cool and I really like the feeling of freedom with these light skirts. There isn’t too much to them but they sit really well when combined with the brief and belt (see accessories). The added benefit in running with the briefs attached is that you have some small pockets with a gel or camera or if you are like me in Spain I just ran in the briefs in the strong sun and beachy vibes.

    • Salomon S Lab Light Shorts 3Training: Salomon S Lab Light Shorts 3

      I love these shorts! I much prefer the shorter (3) version to the longer (6) but they are super light, relaxed and a good fit. If I want some pockets I’ll just pop the Salomon Belt (see accessories) on the waist of them and I’m good to go for a long time and a good time!

  • Jacket

    • Salomon Lighting Pro JacketRain: Salomon Lighting Pro Jacket

      Recently I had to put this jacket on in a race and the best thing about it was that it went over my pack and vented out to provide space, the hood stayed on and even better, I stayed dry (who would have thought). This jacket passes the mandatory gear lists and is my mountain essential.

    • Salomon S Lab Hybrid JacketWind: Salomon S Lab Hybrid Jacket

      There is no denying I think that this is the coolest looking jacket out there. The part where it rolls into the waist is a pretty cool and handy feature but I really just think I look like a ninja with it on and never want to take it off plus it breathes really well so you can sweat away and still look cool😉 I take this for a lot of my runs around home when its miserable and I need protection… and I want to be a ninja.

  • Salomon S lab Sense Ultra 8 setPacks: Salomon S lab Sense Ultra 8 set

    Running in Australia means on the long runs you need to prepare for summer, winter, snakes, kangaroos, hail, rainbows and just about anything and everything. So, I pretty much stick to this pack on every run. It’s enough to carry mandatory gear, it hugs the body enough that if it’s empty it still doesn’t move. I really don’t think I would need another from my experience racing around the world. + 2 x 500 ml flasks help!

  • Salomon S Lab modular beltAccessories: Salomon S Lab modular belt

    This has changed my life! And not just in running. I own these jeans that for some unknown reason there is stitching to show pockets without actually being functional pockets there, maybe it’s cool but for me it’s downright annoying. I have now proceeded to rock the Salomon belt with my jeans on many social occasions. Back to running scenarios, this is great. You can wack it on your hips for anything adding pockets to hold your keys, gels and phone plus with the ability to clip onto the briefs (see Bottoms: Racing)

  • Runjanji – The Camila Sports braSports bra: Runjanji – The Camila Sports bra

    Ah, the old sports bra. First, let me say that I am built like a boy and this isn’t a huge worry for me. I focus more on what fits well with packs, feels comfy and looks cool… Even better that 10% of these sales go towards help fund clean water in various counties.
    You can see more here: https://runjanji.com/ and use the code JANJILUCY for 20% off

  • Suunto Spartan UltraWatch: Suunto Spartan Ultra

    For me with the hours that I run I like the longer battery life of up to 26 hours with GPS mode. The new update brings with it the ability to track sleep which is cool and the ability to see how much of the moon is showing…. Still cool. I think that it looks nice on the wrist and for me it does everything I need from start, stop, Bluetooth, intervals, heart rate and pick a smiley face at the end of each run depending on how I was feeling. I’ve had many of the Suunto family watches and this has been the one to stay on my wrist, return to and will never stop loving.

  • Shoes

    • Salomon S Lab Sense UltraUltra: Salomon S Lab Sense Ultra

      These shoes have lifted my long ultra-running experience to a new level. Together we have run and won the UTA100 km and traversed http://www.massagemetro.com/shop/xenical/ from Italy to France in the TDS 120 km. Not to mention the countless kilometers in training. For me, I find they are slightly wider in the toe box, has a little more cushioning and is great for single tracks, mountains and dirt roads. However, I found out in China they don’t love wet rocks, but who does?

    • Road: Salomon Sonic RA

      The new Salomon road running shoe has won me over in my most recent testing of them. I don’t live near trails and I pound the pavement more often than not. These shoes are nice and supported and cushioned, I am really enjoying starting to use them. I just need to learn to tie shoe laces properly again!!

    • Salomon S Lab SenseShort: Salomon S Lab Sense

      I first won myself a pair of these shoes back in 2012 at my first trail race. I remember wearing them into the ground and then when my little toe no longer had a roof I caved and bought another pair for running but continued to wear them at my part time job in the bakery. These will forever remain my favourite shoe. I always feel fast (maybe it’s the red), light and comfortable in these shoes. They have grown with me.

  • Skin SlickChafe: Skin Slick

    This stuff has saved me on many occasions with wearing different cuts of clothing, running in different conditions and also just having thighs. My favourite thing about this is that is sprays on so you don’t get your hands slippery and then it stays on… trialed by me for up to 19 hours 😉
    Check it out at https://sbrbodycare.com.au/skin-slick/

  • Energy

    • CLIF bar shotbloks and gelsFood: CLIF bar shotbloks + gels

      During racing my diet goes from being about plants and from the earth and instead about what will give me energy, sit well in my gut and of course a good taste. CLIF bar works really well for me. Their gels are thicker but can be diluted with water if needed but personally I love the thickness. To me the chocolate gel is like a spoonful of Nutella and I used to LOVE Nutella. The shot bloks are great for the longer runs with a bit more solid food and different flavours. My current favourite is the Margarita shotbloks, which let me assure you are not margarita pizza as I was expecting but margarita the drink. Cheers!
      PS – I aim to eat every 45-1 hour. This is on a good day. This rarely happens. I am learning.
      PPS – I eat actual CLIF bars on my travels and as snacks on the run. They rock too.

    • Precision HydrationDrink: Precision Hydration

      For my hydration I switch to my British passport and am sponsored by a UK based company that does a personalised sweat test and gives you a product that delivers what you need – Precision Hydration. I like that it’s not super sweet, in small packets so easy to carry along the way and hasn’t let me down! During the TDS 120 km race I went without food for 9 hours of running due to a very bad stomach, this brought me back to life. I went from 28th place to 5th in the remaining half of the race.

  • Vital Greens PowderSupplement: Vital Greens Powder

    This year I went full plant based. I feel great, have run well and often and have remained injury and sickness free. The key has been to be organised and having Vital Greens powder + Vital protein on me has been a real bonus. During my most recent trip to China we were forever on the move and Majell and I bought a big bag of oats, a thermos of hot water and sat on the floor of the mountains mixing Vanilla pea protein powder, vital greens, oats and water to create a really yummy and nutritious meal.

  • Le Bent Definitive Run light MicroSocks: Le Bent Definitive Run light Micro

    I met the Le Bent team at Ultra Trail Australia 100 km in May this year the day before the race. They gave me a pair to sample and I wore them the next day at my ‘A’ race for the year (crazy hey?). I haven’t looked back since! They worked great, bamboo is an eco-friendly and sustainable material but also they keep my foot comfy and no blisters! Plus, they don’t smell. Well… not compared to Dad’s!

  • Julbo AeroliteSunglasses: Julbo Aerolite

    I used to not like running in these more ‘racing’ style sunglasses because I think they looked far too serious but now I see how great they are under a full sun, in the forests, in the sudden rain and how they adjust so well to different lighting. I learnt a lot about how when you don’t run with sunglasses you waste energy squinting and it’s not good for you so I try to take these on my runs…. Plus, I look like a serious runner 😉

So, these are my favourites, at this time. I love the development of new gear but there are some things that I never want to change. Running is a simple sport and as I make this list I was thinking “wow, this is so much stuff!!”, so much for “just some shoes and you’re good to go!”. I am lucky to have access to these products but they are not essentials, they are mere luxuries.

But maybe some good Christmas presents!