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Tuesday 4th October 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

Thanks to Under Armour Australia & Running Heroes I recently got to try out the new UA Charged Bandit 2 running shoes. This happened to fit in nicely with my return to running, having been out injured for the past few months. 

I really like

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Category: Training
Saturday 28th May 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

After my DNF at UTA I was pretty bummed out, I didn’t want to go anywhere near the race finish line or even read about it on Facebook. But by far my biggest concern was when could I run again?

I talked to my coach Matt

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Categories: Injuries | Training
Saturday 14th May 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

This story starts 2 weeks ago when my knee pulled up “tight” after an easy 20k run out at Ourimbah State Forest. Matt immediately told me to rest. So rest, stretching, rolling, swimming, 2 massages and a chiro visit later I tried running again on the Thursday morning before my Saturday race. An easy, slow 5k and my knee felt….

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your a champ, don't be too tough on yourself, self reflection is a great thing to do post race....you certainly did not fail, you were very sensible listening to your body... take care....& congrats for making the right decision

Posted by judy, 15/05/2016 5:56:20 pm

Categories: Injuries | Race | Trail Running
Monday 9th May 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

Thanks to Running Heroes & Under Armour I got some shiny new shoes to try out and review. The Brand new Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 2’s!

My

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Category: Training
Wednesday 20th April 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

I had a free entry to the Running Wild Mt Solitary run this year after placing 3rd in the event last year. Both years it’s only fallen a week after Buffalo Stampede so I have not really been at my best, and possibly at my worst. But I figured, free entry, super pretty run, I like running, I like racing, at least I should have fun.

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Categories: Injuries | Race | Trail Running
Monday 18th April 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

Normally I’m pretty quick at putting up the post-race blog post, but after this race I needed a few days to decompress, then, well, then I was back at work and had to do work... with uh, Office Sandwich Toaster & Wide World of Beers & the Friday BBQ... You know important stuff.

Anyway now it’s time to talk about the

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Great read. Tough 3rd day. Pickles and pretzels... interesting. Thanks for the mention. Yep it was a long race for me but nothing got me down that day. Positive the whole way. Oh i also stacked it big time on the Buffalo descent. For a sec i thought I'd broken something. Luckily not and no one saw it! Result.

Posted by Ciaran, 22/04/2016 8:33:53 am

Categories: Race | Trail Running
Tuesday 15th March 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

Six Foot Track was shaping up to be a big race this year, and there was a lot of added pressure to do well after the result at Tarawera and the Ultra168 pre-race article. I’m pretty sure I was recovered and was also trained up, but for some reason I always find Six Foot Track a challenge, it's just that bit too short and fast for me. Although

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Categories: Race | Trail Running
Friday 12th February 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

The 19km Tongariro Crossing which passes over an active volcano in the Alpine region of the North Island was always going to be part of the holiday. Originally mum and I were going to hike it, but then when she fractured her knee at the gym, the hike turned into me running the Crossing and mum doing a couple of short walks nearby.

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Categories: Trail Running | Training
Tuesday 9th February 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

After scoping out the course on the Thursday and attending the race briefing and rego on the Friday the support crew plan was set, the temporary tattoo was on my arm, the splits on my other arm and the seam sealed jacket packed. It was race day!

The race started at 6am in the rain and dark amongst the giant sequoias.  There are no

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Categories: Race | Trail Running
Sunday 10th January 2016
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By  Melissa Robertson

If you’ve ever seen me before a race then you know that I have terrible pre-race nerves. It pretty much starts during the taper process where I question everything. Have I trained enough? Can I still run? Am I too fat to run up the hills? Am I injured? Do I have everything? Will I get lost?…. The list goes on… And the nerves

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Categories: Race | Training