Coach Ray

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Trail Running

Ali’s Adventure – Mud Glorious Mud

It has been challenging to get all the training in this week with kids in tow. The evenings and mornings are so dark and I have been lacking the enthusiasm to get up at the usual 6:30am. 

Thursday Training Plan: Oparara Wilderness Trail Run Training Plans

When you cross the finish line at the Oparara Wilderness Trail Run you will have accomplished something very special.   Crafted by myself, Ray Boardman PGDipSportsMed, PGDipRehab, PGCertSc (Exercise Science), BSc (Anatomy), DipSportsStudies this plan encapsulates my passion for the sport,…

The Revenant

A revenant is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “A person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead” and if you survive the Revenant Ultra Run you will have returned from the dead. This event is as tough as…


Best of the Internet for Endurance Athletes: 05 June 16

Each Sunday I’ll post my ‘best of’ list in a number of categories from the inter-webs. Other weeks can be found here. Technology/Equipment Blogs Some top level wind trainers to use over the winter. Training Blogs Tips for…

The Tarawera 50km Off Road Race

I like big hairy audacious goals, the ones that scare you to bits.  The ones that in the back of your mind you are scared you may not achieve, but it keeps you going.  So I chose the Tarawera 50km.

Book Review

Book Review: Matt Fitzgerald – 80/20 Running

Fitzgerald, Matt (2014) 80/20 Running – Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower New American Library I’ve been wanting to read this book since I heard it was published. Matt Fitzgerald is an engaging author who researches his topics thoroughly….

The Goat Tongariro

It’s not for the faint hearted!  It’s tough. One of the toughest off-road runs in New Zealand and I love it! From Whakapapa ski field to Turoa ski field across the mountain.

Soap Box

Response to Lance Armstrong indicating that he wants to become a Trail Runner

This is my opinion in response to this article: Those that know me, know that I am ANTI-DOPING and ANTI-DOPERS. When Floyd Landis was announced as coming to NZ to ride in the Tour of Southland (TOS). I was like…

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