I held back, repeating my mantra for the day “smooth and comfortable”… Read More Ultra-Trail Australia
I found myself walking bits which I knew I “should” be running. The cramps were gradually getting much worse and my hip flexors and abductors were now also starting to cramp after many kilometres of having to overpower the adductor cramps. When all of these muscle groups simultaneously cramped, there was nothing I could do but stand in place wait for them to subside. Any attempt to stretch them out was futile as stretching one side would trigger cramps in the other leg!… Read More 9 Dragons 50km
As a part of my build up back into longer races, I recently ran at the 21km Hounslow Classic Skyrun. Overall, it was a fantastic day and you can read more about it here.
Want to slash time off your next ultramarathon without training any harder? Simply spend less time at aid stations! Here’s a link to a video where I go through some ways that you can save time at your next ultra.
Read about my year so far, in my latest blog on The Long Run (here).
In mountainous ultras like UTMB, or even short uphill races like VKs, many competitors these days will be using trekking poles. For those who have grown up with a background in cross-country skiing the technique may come quite naturally, but for the rest of us it can take quite a bit of practice to develop.… Read More Running with trekking poles
You’re going to spend a lot of time ascending during any mountain run (especially Skyrunning events). See my latest article on TheLongRun for tips on how to improve your climbing for your next race (link here).
Do you like to race? For many, races are the highlights of their running calendar. While pushing too hard, too frequently can lead to burn out, strategically timed shorter races can assist your build up towards an ultramarathon. See my latest article on the Mile 27 blog to learn more (link here).
While previously I have always sat back for the first kilometre (or so), this year I found myself in the lead as soon as we crossed the bridge and began the road ascent. It was going to be boom or bust!… Read More Kawerau King of the Mountain
Unfortunately my 2016 run at the Surf Coast Century didn’t go nearly as well as it did in 2013. Tom Brazier had a similar experience and we wrote about what went wrong for Ultra168 (link here).