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Staying Positive

Staying Positive

Staying positive on a long race where you are on the go for 10, 20, 30 or more hours is important but often difficult. The problem is though that when you are feeling negative it does affect you physically so if you are able to stay positive then it has many benefits. There are many reasons for feeling negative something hurts there is a long w...
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Winter Wins 101 - 101 running tips this Winter

Winter Wins 101 - 101 running tips this Winter

Well done for finding this page,  just click here to download the Winter Wins 101 pdf.
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Planning your Training

Planning your Training

This blog runs alongside our episode 11 on planning so it’s worth listening to that first and here are some notes to supplement our chat! Why plan?  There is no argument that if we know the route we are going on, the path is a lot easier to follow. Yes it might have unexpected twists and turns, the odd bump and wrong turn, but if we are heading ...
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How to finish well in an ultra

How to finish well in an ultra

I ran my first ultra, 53 mile Highland Fling, in 2007 and for the first three years I improved year on year. Then for the next 2 years I had some real struggles especially in the longer 100 mile races. I was proud of the fact that I finished them but it wasn’t pretty as I death marched the final 15 miles or so. I wondered at 53 yrs old that my a...
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Your new post run routine

Your new post run routine

Regardless of what program you follow or what distance you run. All running training for the most part can be split into two parts. The time spent actually running (and doing cross training) and the time spent recovering from that training. The first part is the fun stuff, it's what we all love about running, out in nature breezing through the t...
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Mental Health and Running

Mental Health and Running

Listening to our two brilliant, blunt and so truthful interviews with Gayle and David this week I feel totally inadequate to talk about this subject. Their words are so powerful, stories so raw and most importantly their advice is so so so important. If you haven't taken a listen, do!  Links are here for itunes, spotify and youtube. Please subsc...
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Support Teams

Support Teams

Ultra-running is basically a solo sport with the runner spending many hours training and preparing for races which might take anything from 4hrs to several days!  There are no short cuts to being able to run for hour after hour and most of us love to find some company but often we are out on our own. BUT one of the key elements to doing well in ...
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The mid plan wobble

The mid plan wobble

The mid plan wobble….we have all been there and it's where I am right now. 5 weeks into a plan, still 3-4 weeks to go to a start line and everyday the call to show up, put kit on and get out the door for more running feels endless. And right now that call is so hard to listen to as the world seems to be conspiring against us and it's so hard to ...
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Emotional Finish

Emotional Finish

Finishing an ultra can be a very emotional experience. Over the first six episodes of hosting Run to the Hills we have interviewed a number of runners already and asked them how they felt on finishing. In Episode 06 I interviewed Kristian Delacour about his recent 'Fastest Known Time' on the Caledonian Way in Scotland which is a 234 mile path fr...
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Tips on Quick Recovery

Tips on Quick Recovery

HOW can you recover and go again quickly? Those doing the Centurion Grand Slam this year are facing an even bigger challenge than usual in that due to COVID their 4 x 100 mile events are now roughly a month apart! We wanted to do a whole episode on recovery in the future, but for our episode this week after some great chats with grand slammers w...
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Flexibility in training and racing

Flexibility in training and racing

I’m going to let you into a little secret about being a successful ultra-runner…. There is no secret...it is merely a ton of hard work, dedication and a bucket load of flexibility. Many of us have proved this year that we can be flexible when we need to. That we can still be dedicated when goals have moved or disappeared, that races  have change...
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When is the time to dnf (did not finish)?

When is the time to dnf (did not finish)?

Over the past three weeks ‘Run to the Hills’ has reviewed two races. In episode 01 we covered the North Downs Way 100 and in episode 03 out this weekend we review the Hardmoors 110 / 160. In both races we saw a high percentage of dnf (did not finish). I’m sure there are many factors including not being able to train as normal with the present vi...
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