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Tips and Motivation

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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What is your motivation to run?

What is your motivation to run?

Over the past few months as all our races have been cancelled it has highlighted what motivates us to run. All over social media runners have been saying that their mojo to get out and train has gone as their main goals for the year have been taken from them. It is good to recognise that however motivated you are to run there will be times when ...
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New norm for ultra-races

New norm for ultra-races

Over the past few weeks some ultra-races have started again including the Centurion race, North Downs Way 100, which our podcast ‘Run to the Hills’ features in Series 2 Episode 1. The content is also available on our new YouTube Channel ‘Run to the Hills’ so you have a choice to just listen or watch the interviews … or both!! We interviewed the ...
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Tempo Runs Explained

Tempo Runs Explained

We all know that the backbone of a long distance runners training program is the old steady state state or long run. These big runs are an absolute must if you want to be able to get to marathon distance and beyond. If however you're aim is to do more than just finish a race then you are going to need to do a little more than just plodding along...
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Everyone loves an easy run right?

Everyone loves an easy run right?

Everyone loves an easy run right? If you don’t then you’re probably not doing it right.  One of the most common mistakes we see in runners training for marathon and above is the “easy run smashed”. Too many people attack their easy running like it’s race day and you’re hitting the home straight, which really defeats the object of the run itself....
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The Virtual Race Guidebook

The Virtual Race Guidebook

In the grand scheme of things, we can all agree that races being cancelled probably isn't the worst thing to happen in 2020. With that out of the way, we can all also agree that it doesn't make it any less miserable when you find yourself stuck at home, when you should be bombing down the side of a hill with a number on your chest. Fortunately w...
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Become a Hill Hero & Mountain Maestro!

Become a Hill Hero & Mountain Maestro!

There's no denying that a great big hill or mountain can turn what would otherwise be a pretty average trail into an exhilarating (and exhausting) thing of beauty. But with those added views comes an added challenge. Simply put hills are hard work. It doesn't matter whether your racing or training, a tough uphill section can make or break your r...
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