All posts by Samantha Gash

Strength and Suffering in the Headlights 

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A baptism of darkness and rain for the start of my running legs.

Not long after my jaunt on Survivor and trip to the United States I found myself physically unprepared but mentally willing to begin the Sub Three Project. In fact, I had only landed in Adelaide from a road trip down California less than 18 hours earlier. Normally jetlag would be a major concern before embarking on an endurance feat, but time zones were irrelevant as the project was a non-stop 800km relay from Adelaide to Melbourne.…

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BCBG The New Guard

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Whilst I was in the States in July I somehow found myself involved in a fashionshoot and all day interview with BCBG for their New Guard Contributor Program. Despite my initial hesitation to spend my limited time in LA playing dess ups indoors, I was pretty blown away with the people I met at BCBG and the questions I was asked to consider.

This video explores why I do what I do and my 2016 project in India with World Vision Australia.…

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XPD ~ where less is more

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Have less, think simply and embrace the unknown

Over the past few years I have been less motivated by racing and more drawn to endurance pursuits that focus on the journey in between the start and finish. I know that racing inherently has its own degree of ‘adventure’ – such as the uncertainty in how things may turn out and the terrain you can cover, which is particularly special in trail races.…

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Variety is the spice of life: adventure racing

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Part 1: From Ultra Runner to Adventure Racer

This year I decided to cross over to the wild side, and with no MTB or paddling experience I joined a team of 3 lads to tackle this years XPD in Townsville (a 700km expedition length adventure race in August).

My coach Ray Zahab calls the guys in my team "The Thunder"

The physical undertaking was, and is still very daunting to me. As far as the physical challenge will take me out of my comfort zone, it is the component of sleep deprivation that puts knots into my tummy. …

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Beyond the Tights

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Since returning from South Africa I have become an avid fan of hot yoga. More specifically, I have become an ardent supporter of a studio in Bayswater called Pure Hot Yoga.  In my early 20’s I would drive 40kms from my parents home in Narre Warren North to a Bikram studio in Richmond, often at 6am before I needed to get to university which was another 20kms away. The classes were 90 minutes long and I was never able to sustain my dedication for more than a couple of months here and there as the time commitment wasn’t suitable for a law student trying to hold down several jobs.…

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15 days into a 1968km run

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This piece was published in TrailRun Magazine Issue 15 – You can download this article & many lovely pieces here.

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We are 15 days into our 32-day run across South Africa and I can tell I am fixating on little things. With just under 1000kms completed, it is these little, insignificant things are becoming utterly consuming to my brain. I can’t seem to let them go which makes me more frustrated.…

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We’ve now crossed the finish line

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On October 25th Mimi and I completed our 1968km run across South Africa’s Freedom Trail. We felt elated and a tad delirious, especially after we gulped a glass of champagne whilst dehydrated at the finish line. For just over a month we managed challenges that consisted of navigation, technical trails, changes to our well devised plan, running an ultramarathon for 32 consecutive days and living in a bubble that consisted of two runners, 7 crew members and the landowners to the homes/properties we stayed at each night.…

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