Just thought I’d mention that the four elastic loops on the front of the inov-8 Race Ultra Vest make the perfect location for your race number pins. Nothing needs stabbing, except the number itself and it can flex while you’re running, so doesn’t tug or tear. Nice little discovery from the weekend.
Raced at Trail Rush. Enjoyed it. Brilliant event, well organised and very well marshalled. Big thanks go out to all involved. As for the race itself and how I felt: Felt tired from the off, but paced it almost perfectly in order to secure a 2hr 11min finish time. Not amazing, but 39th place wasn’t as far back as I’d feared. I’d actually worried about finishing at all. Going up the first field, while still inside Graves Park, I considered the possibility of a DNF, but by the time I’d climbed to the first downhill into the Golf Course, … Continue reading
Running an ultra distance is an incredible challenge which creates some nutritional challenges too. I normally advise a low carb diet for the whole population including athletes but when you’re training runs are burning literally thousands of calories, it can be difficult to eat enough to refuel efficiently and not lose weight. The nutritional demands for an ultra runner are massive and refuelling in the right way is very important to help recovery, reduce injury and fight illness. That said, there are ultra runners who eat low carbohydrate diets so it isn’t impossible. Depending on the distance you’re covering in … Continue reading
I’m in a pickle. Trail Rush is this Sunday and it’s a great course(Sheffield Round Walk). But I’ve just spent two weeks suffering a viral cold that had me achy and weak, barely moving – let alone running. I’m still coughing and bunged up, so hardly a good idea to do too much too soon. But I’m entered into Trail Rush and I was hardly looking to win it exactly. Could I take it easy and come out feeling better for a run, or will I blow up or injur myself? I’m tempted just to set off and see … Continue reading
Funny really, I just never occurred to me that one day I would run further then the Marathon distance. For all the running I have done, it would have been logical to assume I had at some point run further than the Marathon, especially as at one time in my running career 50 – 60 mile weeks was not uncommon and even up to 70 miles per week had been achieved. Despite this I never ever run a good marathon, well at least by my standards. I had dropped out of more than I had completed and a sub 3-hour … Continue reading
Last weekend I was very lucky to take part in the first ever Peak District triathlon. With the race based around the Chatsworth estate, a stunning day of competition was guaranteed for those involved. I always love coming back to the Peak District, be it to compete or simply to train. This is the area I learnt to ride in and got my climbing legs for running from. I swear my quads would be about half the size (i.e. normal) if I hadn’t spent so many hours smashing them to pieces on the endless beautiful climbs that the area has … Continue reading
What inspired me to tackle my first ultra? Well it happened almost by accident, almost by force. In 2006, at 31 yrs of age, I was invited/dared by my friend Gavin to take part in an event called ‘Hellrunner’ and after having run through 10miles of hills, woodland and deep bog, found that I really quite enjoyed it. Immediately, came the invite to join him again. This time for 40miles in one go. The High Peak 40 Mile Challenge. I said yes straight away. I wasn’t convinced I could do it, but he explained that we’d only be entered as … Continue reading
Arms – Posture – Pelvis Control – Contact Position – Push and lift with feet A short summary of good running form. By Colin Papworth Good running form should help us run more efficiently. This is obviously going to be different for everyone in execution but the principles are very similar for all of us. The fundamental principles are based on the elastic return of stored energy in our muscles. Our bodies are full of elastic tissue – think of your muscles as elastic bands from your left big toe up the front and back of your leg, across your … Continue reading
When Stuart asked for a blog piece about Going Long , I said are you sure you know my views on ultra running and how I dread long fell races. I am known as gala runner on twitter due to my preference for 5 mile fell races,with no navigation and a country fair or at least a beer tent at the end. At the end of my Bob Graham I told anyone who would listen that I would never run more than 10 miles again. I love to hear about the amazing race achievements of Marcus Scotney and Stuart Walker … Continue reading
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