Race pacing. Don’t blow up early. My tips to ‘stay’ all the way.

Hear that? The sounds of stamping feet. Whether it’s due to the excitement of being part of the rush or for fear of being trampled by marauding interlopers, early race speed (or excess of) is hard to avoid. Admittedly, you’re rested, excited, and somewhat anxious about your performance even though the race is but seconds young. It’s natural to get ahead of yourself and overemphasise the need to … [Read more...]

Hill Training. Don’t go up again, down again. How to get it right.

Few things make me darker than people who hate hills. The only thing that makes me darker perhaps, is people who don’t train right for hills. I see it all the time, this up again, down again hills running practice that is good in part but once you adapt to that stimulus you’ll need to increase the load and reduce your rest time. Which becomes impractical for the aforementioned because you’d be … [Read more...]

3-3-3. Method for Motivation. How to start small and go big.

A system for success, a method for motivation, how to kill it like never before… Yeah I know you’ve heard it all before but I read something recently that might really help you out. When it comes to health and fitness, I think a lot of us follow a similar cycle, something like this - go hard, get the shits with it, abandon, (try to) comeback, either succeed or fail. What I want to talk about here … [Read more...]

One and Done! Marathon Bucket Listers, how to get it right first time

Let me guess, you’re a Marathon Bucket Lister, you’re in the grip of a hectic marathon preparation? And like most participants, you’re starting feel a bit ‘over it.’ With blisters on your feet, tight hips, sniffles and missed the last two Friday nights with the boys/girls because you had training early the next morning? (Or instead missed training and not the Friday night? Hey, caaarm on.) You’re … [Read more...]

How To Run Faster With Just One Session A Week

It seems everyone is talking about High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, a the moment. This ‘new’ fad has really taken the fitness world by storm. Well. Not really. HIIT or more simply ‘intervals’ have been around since God was a boy, during the 1880s English distance runner Walter George was using High Intensity Interval Training in preparation for his 4:12 mile (in 1886!!!). Not to … [Read more...]

Reality Check

Warm up It’s 2002, the football season is well underway and my boys, Collingwood are coming off a momentous three-point victory to the previous year’s premier, Brisbane. A Brisbane resident at the time, I scoured The Courier Mail during the week following with gusto as my team appeared to have finally turned the corner and announced themselves as contenders for real. Full of confidence and hope … [Read more...]

Starting Again

Training? Here we go again. 2016 is here already. How much ground do you need to make up? Did you stay on top of your fitness regime throughout the holiday break? When the morning sunshine of early January hits your face Rod Stewart-style and the pressure to face up to a new year sets in, I wonder, what action will you take? Moreover, how will you approach your fitness program? Will you see it … [Read more...]

4 men, 42 kilometres, 4 war stories

Some call it “the toughest challenge in sports,” others label it’s “the hardest thing they’ve ever attempted,” to race and finish a marathon is respectable in any language. I can report the successful bids of several Bowes Fitness charges in the recent Sunshine Coast Marathon. Words don’t do justice to the heroic efforts of but four men who braved the hot, hilly and windy Queensland asphalt on … [Read more...]

Buddha’s Athletic Trifecta

When I was growing up in the great decade of the 1990s, an unfortunate part of my existence was the perennially low ladder position of my football team, Collingwood. We got a premiership early, in 1990, celebrated for five years, then spent the remainder of the decade entrenched at the foot of the ladder. The top teams during the 90s were West Coast, North Melbourne and Adelaide, who claimed two … [Read more...]

Ethical Preparation and Winning

I recently accepted the task of coaching (online) a new charge for the Gold Coast Marathon. He’d seen me present a talk on running training at a workshop and thought I had a clue. So we discussed his goal, age, experience and time commitment and I drew up a program to get him there. After I’d sent the email his response went: “Hey Bowesy, thanks for the program. It looks awesome and super … [Read more...]