Planning to quit.

In my head, it went something like this….Like something out of transformers the truck rose up like the worst Decepticon, ‘there’s only room for one of us on this road, Tanya, and I’m a hell of a lot bigger than you are!’ (cue, maniacal laugh). So I made a plan to quit, and with that […]

45th Traverse Tales: 1st Instalment

Caswell Sound Ridge Heli Drop Point

As the heli flew towards the coast it was clear we weren’t going to have the bluebird day of our last recce. Dark clouds hung low in the sky ahead of us, and as we drew closer my heart beat faster. It’s amazing how other people’s perceptions can colour your own.  On the traverse recce, […]

Sportlike Hack #244: Get a theme song or mantra

Krayzie Kapers 100 Mile

‘I believe I can fly…whooo…I believe I can touch the sky…’ R.Kelly This was a running ‘theme song’ of mine for many years.  I can recall many a moment, pushing through the hard times and singing this one to myself with tears in my eyes as I overcame difficult times to complete a run or […]

My word of the year – Intentional

Rappelling Breast Hill

My word of the new year is INTENTIONAL. What does that mean?  Well, for me this means to actively create a life I truly love. To serve others, to nourish my own spirit, to add value to the world and to be present in my daily life checking in to see if what I’m doing […]

Personal Development – How-to Guide

Woman running in the mountains

Personal development, self-improvement – once seen as something only for those with problems, now an acknowledged pathway to success. I mean how can you live your best life without direction? I have always been intrigued by personal development literature.  I am highly driven to understand people and why we do what we do.  It was […]

Living my dreams

Woman Mountaineering

Living my life by design, my reality today is the dreams I had in the past. I decided I was going to climb mountains and be a mountaineer.  Like so many things I have decided on in my life, at the time I had no idea how I was going to do it.  But, I […]

You can create your future

Is there a story that you are holding onto that is stopping you from moving forward? A label someone else put on you? A label you put on yourself? In my past, I was so many things, things that could have defined my life and held me back. I was a high school dropout – […]

Small Steps

Naseby 100 Mile Race

100 miles, 160km – sounds like a long way, and it is. Here’s the secret though, it is achieved through a bunch of small steps, one after the other.  In and of themselves those steps aren’t much, but add them all together and you have a feat of human endurance.  The same goes for whatever […]

Quickfire Goal Setting Tips

Hiking in the Hawea Conservation Area

My goals are to climb a bunch of epic mountains, run some massive ultra runs, adventure far and wide, and make a difference in the world as I do it!  These goals drive me daily and I care more about them more than literally anything else.  Except for maybe puppies. Here are my top tips […]

Just don’t compare

Here’s one for my comparers. You know who you are.  You’ve probably worked yourself into a right state at some time or another because you just didn’t seem to be at the level of your friends, colleagues, team members 😏 We’ve all been there. Most likely when we are huffing and puffing, fearing that at […]

4 Top Sports Recovery Tips

Post run stretching

My top 4 tips for sports recovery and a history lesson all rolled into one! The Energiser Bunny just kept going, and going, and going. It just didn’t stop!  At least that’s what they told us. So we never saw the Energiser Bunny run out of energy, but I can guarantee you it did! So, […]

Live your dream life

Hiking on the Routeburn

There is a Chinese proverb that says ‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.’ 🌲🌲 We’ve all heard the sayings: live like your dying, Carpe Diem – Seize the day! But how often do we fall back into the routine of daily life, the daily […]

Goal Checkpoint

What are your goals?

This is just a quick one. Goals checkpoint! Get those pens ready! 😉 It’s psychologically proven that if you put your goals down in writing, you feel more accountable to strive towards them!  I’ll start: Currently, one goal I have is to follow my training program consistently so I’ll be ready for a BIG adventure […]

Do you think you can’t?

Mt Alta Fastpack

🎶🎶 Where’s your head at (Where your head at) Where’s your head at (Where your head at)  🎶🎶 Now that we’ve taken a wee walk down memory lane with some early 00’s electronica, and you’ll have that hook running through your head for a while, let’s talk about mindset.  Firstly, I’d say it’s quite normal […]

Selfcare: Grounding and presence

Routeburn Waterfall

If you find yourself out of balance, here’s how to recenter and ground yourself, wherever you are: Set your phone down. In your immediate surroundings, find: Five things you can see. Four things you hear. Three things you can feel. Two things you can smell. One thing you can taste. Then breathe deeply for 30 […]


Women's Empowerment

Something that I have learnt over the last few years, is that to be empowered I have to go out and do the things – myself. What things?  The things that are hard, that scare me, that I don’t think I can do – the things that I would normally defer to someone else for. […]

Are you scared?

Mountaineering down climbing

I sometimes wonder if I went through all my insta captions how many times I would have said I was scared? I would say a disproportionate amount, because quite frankly, I do struggle with being anxious and fearful 😟 So I thought I’d find some other words that describe what I am when I am […]

Find your tribe…

Mountaineering Friends

Shout out to my tribes, the friends and communities I have found through my sports. These are people that come from all walks of life, but through our shared interests we find connection and create shared experiences and make memories to last a lifetime 🙌

Northburn 100 mile

Northburn 100 Mile

“What a F#@king Horrible race!!” But…buttttt on reflection, I’d 100% go and do it all again!   I could have written a report of epic sunsets, frolicking in crystal clear streams, unicorns and rainbows, the reality though was this race was largely a sufferfest for me.  Read on if you want to hear the whole sorry […]

Old Habits, Die Hard

Rock Hopping in Timaru Creek

When your default is making you feel bad, it’s definitely time to change the setting!   Old habits die hard, and while I still haven’t managed to quell my desire for reality TV (shh don’t tell anyone!) I’m working on another more insidious habit…the old familiar habit of negative thinking that had crept back into my […]

Changing Perspectives

Timaru Creek, Lake Hawea

I’ve been learning to take a different perspective recently…but I haven’t gone willingly.. This comes after 8 weeks of being out of the game with illness. 8 weeks, which felt like a lifetime, and in the thick of it felt like I would never get back to feeling like ‘myself’ ever again. I have to […]

Playing with Time and Distance

Naseby 100 mile trail race

1 day, 24 hours, 1440 minutes and 86,400 seconds.  When you break it down like that is doesn’t seem so long…and only 6 maybe 6.5 laps – my goal distance – when you put it like that it doesn’t seem so bad.  This, breaking down of time or laps is one of the ways I rationalise ultra […]

Peak of Possibility – The long story

Tanya trail running in Cromwell

On December 12-13 2020 I will take on the challenge to summit Roys Peak as many times as possible in 24hrs. 15.5Km and 1250m Vert for each summit. A Tribute to: What is possible? Its been a tumultuous few years as I’ve worked through my ‘recovery’ from domestic abuse. Like going head to head with […]

Facing life’s challenges

Tanya running the mountains in training for an Ultra Marathon

Sitting through uncertainty is the hardest thing, and this week I found myself wishing life was as simple as running.  When I’m running, I know that all I have to do is just keep taking the next step.  Whatever challenges, highs or lows come my way I know that they will pass and that I […]

At the edge of your comfort zone

At the very edge of your comfort zone, you find out what you are made of… …are you a quitter? Or do you keep going? …are you going to give in to helplessness? Or, pick yourself up and figure out your next move? When all the niceties that comfort afford you have stripped away…who do […]

And so a plan was hatched

I wiped the tears, picked myself back up and we set off to devise a plan for our own 100 mile adventure.  I came here to run 100 miles, my crew were here, my friends who were running Northburn were keen as mustard (standard trail runner mentality to ad-hoc join me in running 100 miles).  […]

And then the challenge ended

Full disclosure here. If you don’t have the luxury of COVID-19 lockdown to read this somewhat ‘whole-hearted’ blog post, then I won’t blame you for skipping to the last couple of paragraphs where I sum things up. For everyone else, I’ll shout you a beer for bearing with me on this one…(T’s&C’s apply hehe) In […]

Pre-Race Crazies? Not me….OK maybe me!

I’ll admit, I’ve feel like I’ve been cruising along a little bit for the last almost four months.  Riding high on the success of three milers well run, feeling strong, capable and A-OK! Then this week happened.  Heart racing whenever I thought about the race, I thought I was handling it ok..until yesterday. Tears fit […]

What have I learnt from Run Like Tanya?

Well, I had another lesson on the weekend and it went something like this… Planning my long run with speedy friends who were planning a shorter run where I would tack on some k’s later in the run: It’s funny how old beliefs die-hard and those negative feelings can so easily creep back in. They’re […]

Going off the beaten track

If you’ve not been following me on social media, I’ve been lucky enough to have some time away on a ‘runcation’ with some of my closest friends…..who also happen to be fellow crazie runners! This last week of runcation saw me heading off the beaten track, quite literally, as we took on adventures that saw […]

The Hard Days

As soon as I started the run I knew it was going to be hard. If you’re a runner you have likely had one of these days. When it seems to take all your energy just to put one foot in front of the other, and it feels like you’re going to fight your body […]

Im still here…So I’m going to do more.

As I run into 2020 with big dreams for the year and with hope for the next decade, I am very aware that I also need to say more and do more, because I am lucky enough to still be here. In the last couple of weeks we lost two women, taken by the very […]

Choosing my Pain

It’s fair to say I had a rocky start to the week. On Monday morning I had to run into my Physio’s office after getting a flat tyre on my bike on the way into my appointment. I was already running late because a headwind had taken a precious 10 minutes out of my carefully […]

Krayzie Kapers – Race Report

…And so it continued lap after lap, loop after loop. I couldn’t believe how strong I felt and how well I was running. The day was going great and I was completing the laps well under my expected time…and I was taking it easy. The temperature was rising but we were prepped. Every lap an […]

Recovery – Take 3

Hey you awesome blog readers! I’m sitting here writing this one-week post-race, reflecting on my recovery. All in all, I walked away relatively unscathed…yes, ok, I said relatively – after all it is 100 miles!But seriously, having now done my third miler, I’m scared to jinx it and say, things are pretty good…in fact, more […]

One simple yet effective technique to improve your running

Meaning, we apply it to things aallll day, everyday, period. That person that cut us off in the traffic…grrrrr! (let’s be honest this is the go-to reaction for most of us…but one I’m definitely working on!). The tone of voice of your friend, partner, boss, a slight change and we wonder what’s wrong… Rain is […]

Just say no to quitting.

Options. They are everywhere and they are many. They are a blessing and can feel like a curse! There is one particularly insidious one that can be make or break for us when things get hard on a massive challenge and just in everyday life. I am going to advocate here to take this option […]

The long road to running muddy puddles!

It might not be what everyone aspires too. Long days on the trails, muddy puddles, sweaty clothes, breathless ascents of steep, relentless hills and daring descents dodging rocks – the feeling that only a reckless downhill descent can deliver. But it’s what has helped give me freedom, hope and confidence. It’s been a long road […]

The Secret to Happiness?

What do we *need* to be happy? Well, if you ask Google you get about 7,810,000,000 results! Clearly, this is a question a lot of people want to know the answer too. And the answers from Google? Well, they are many and varied – you need good mental, physical and emotional health, you need to choose to […]

When ‘I Can’ts’ become ‘I Can’s’

So I was just going about my business, getting ready for work when I was stopped in my tracks. I was jolted out of the auto-pilot of my morning routine (if I remember correctly I was doing something very mundane like putting my moisturiser on – hey, gotta look after those cheeks, right) when I […]

Reality and Responsibility

When your coaches words of the week post-race are “love your liver” you know shit is getting real. Sitting in the doctor’s office for three hours watching a dark liquid make its way into your body via the IV line in your hand, a Nurse coming in every so often to take your blood pressure […]

Recovery from the “Not So Normal”!

Post disclosure. I’m an excitable writer. My brain dumps words onto a page and the result might be a wee bit ‘wordy’ sometimes. Some of you will lap it up, others are trying to sneak reading this blog when your boss thinks your working. So, for those people I’ve treated you to a summary at […]

You inspire Me…I’ll inspire You!

Soooo, I have to admit a shit storm of bad decisions on a run week before last, left me with a foot injury that we haven’t quite been able to definitively diagnose. We hope it will hold out for the race, but I know it’s likely to hurt!.  It’s a scary place to be, that […]

The Elephant in the room

Tanya running the beach while training for an Ultra Marathon

It’s hard, it’s uncomfortable, but it’s necessary. Over the last couple of months since sharing my story, I’ve had a number of conversations about domestic violence. While talking about it has been cathartic, and has put some distance between myself and my experience, it has also really opened my eyes. Questions have come up: Was […]

Niggles, niggles, niggles…and is this pain all in my brain??

You know the feeling….It’s a few weeks out from race day, you’re feeling pretty good.   You’ve put in the work…but always feel like you could have done more.You’ve got your gear prepped…nothing new on race day right…right??You’ve checked out the race profile…or not, because who needs to know when the suffering will happen? eekkk!You’ve paid […]

Running short, overcoming over-training and wise words from the Coach

Ahem, yes, hello. My name is Tanya and I’m a running addict and chronic over-trainer. It’s been three months since I dug myself out of an overtraining hole, and I am grateful to my Coach for keeping me on the straight and narrow! Sound familiar anyone?? come ooonnnn, I know we’d make a brightly coloured, […]

The start of a running road trip, racing and back to back training

What a great week it’s been! The start of the week began pretty low key with my first walk programmed into my training!  I felt a little like I was cheating and spontaneously broke into little moments of running, (forgive me coach), but who else has trouble slowing down!? The walk was good though, and […]

Tapering, surgery, and inside our running home!

The taper is on for WUU2K next weekend! It feels like AGES since I’ve run a race when in reality it’s ONLY been 7 weeks (who else feels like this, it feels like an eternity when it’s only been weeks?!) 😀  My new training program is going well though and I’m feeling well rested, well […]

Running in a winter wonderland

I’m taking a break from my “this week is brought to you by the letter ‘X’ blog, as I’ve had a tune running around my brain all week that I just had to share!  I am prone to breaking into song at the mention of words that trigger a song (own up, I know I’m […]

What it means to me to run happy, limitless and free

Running to raise awareness of domestic violence.  I’m not sure which has been harder, putting down on paper the true depths of the reasons behind my ‘running why’, or then sharing those depths of ‘me’ with the rest of the connected world, but here it goes…  So, in taking on this challenge, I had to […]

Colds, Consolidation, Community…and a Confession about Cows!

So, it seems those satisfying snot-rockets of last week were a tell-tale sign of a less than satisfying cold to come!  I was relegated to the couch with a box of tissues and a bottle of hand-sanitizer to wait out the germs and rest-up. Thank God for Netflix and stretching and strengthening exercises, as I […]

Stairs, sweat, smiles and sleepless nights.

It would seem that this week has been brought to you by the letter ‘S’, so let’s add snot-rockets as well, as there was a fair few of them! 😀 I was travelling for work and family this week, so spent the first week of my new Running Hot training program away from the comfort […]

The Challenge

What? I’m taking on the epic mission to be the first woman to complete the Thir Southern Seasons 100 Miler Challenge. – Four 100 mile trail running races in 12 months  – Minimum of 24 hours running in each race – An extreme test of human endurance and spirit Why?   As I take on this […]

Facing life’s challenges

Sitting through uncertainty is the hardest thing, and this week I found myself wishing life was as simple as running.  When I’m running, I know that all I have to do is just keep taking the next step.  Whatever challenges, highs or lows come my way I know that they will pass and that I […]

Does it get Easier?

So it seems I was under some misguided impression that as I got better at running the running would get easier… But it doesn’t seem too! ? Today I realised that maybe it won’t get easier but I’ll just get better at it. Yeah, yeah you’d think I would have twigged to this one earlier.. But […]