If you're anything like me, you've spent the last couple of weeks creating list after list of every peak you want to summit, fell you want to run and race you want to enter. Some of you might of even thought about getting into a whole new discipline, maybe one that's fast paced, muddy and wild. Maybe Fell Running.
So we reached out to Fell Running fanatic and Team GB Mountain Runner Eve Pannone to find out her top tips for taking up this great sport.
This might sound obvious but without it all the other steps are just hypothetical. For your first fell race, find one that's going to be tough but finishable, ideally with terrain you can either replicate or train on directly in the run up and get your name down. That way you have both something to train towards and what's more your committed.
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What's on your to run list? With all this extra being at home malarkey going on at the moment, it's given us plenty of time to think about what we want to do playtime resumes. First on my list is to enter a proper Fell Race, quite possibly this fantastic one that we went and supported a few years back. #trailrunning #trailrunner #trailrun #runhappy #trail #runners #instarunner #instarun #ultrarunning #mountainrunning #instarunners #marathon #happyrunner #seenonmyrun #running #runner #runchat #furtherfasterstronger #runtoinspire #run #time2run #runitfast #ultramarathon #runnerscommunity #ultrarunner #workouttime #ultratrail #runnersofinstagram #dirtbagrunners #chiacharge
Mountains can be dangerous and unpredictable places, you might set out in bright sunshine and find yourself sheltering from heavy snowfall by the top. That's why Fell Races, like most trail races have an essential kit list that you must carry at all times.
You don't have to spend a fortune on this stuff, but get it early and get used to using and carrying it.
This might be easier said than done for some of us at the moment, but Fell Races are run on the fells and that means hills, lots of them. Train your legs and your lungs for the uphills and practice, practice, practice when it comes to the downhills.
We've said this a hundred times before but a big part of running in the hills is walking. Sometimes it's just faster and much more efficient than running, don't believe us, go watch any tough Fell Race and you'll see plenty of folks conserving their energy on the toughest sections.