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26-Jul-17

7 articles on trails, DNFs, the Appalachian Trail, Badwater 135 and mountain ultra runners

By now half of the planet is in the midst of summer and for many runners this means higher temperatures and more free time to run the trails. This week, in our selection of articles and videos, we have some tips if you’re new to running away from the roads, some kit suggestions on what to carry and some debate on trail running perceptions.

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25-Jul-17

How to plan your own ultra or self supported adventure

You don’t have to pay for the privilege of a race number to have an ultra-distance adventure. Sure, it’s easier to just rock up after someone else has done the donkey work for you, promise to play by their rules, hand over the cash and then give it your best shot – but after you’ve done that for a wee while strange things start to happen (in some of us at least).

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18-Jul-17

Running and Social Media: are you working the net or caught in the web?

Sport and fitness are traditionally social activities – played in teams and/or against other people in front of a crowd. As runners, we may ‘compete’, but most of us race to meet our personal goals with no hope of a podium finish and our training may well be solitary.

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12-Jul-17

Beware! Ibuprofen link to kidney injury in ultra runners

Many of us use ibuprofen during or after races to help with swelling and pain – I like to call it chemical stretching – but a new study by the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that those who take the painkiller while running very long distances double their risk of acute kidney injury.

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12-Jul-17

7 articles on psychology, aid stations, running tricks, dreaming on your feet and walk breaks

This week it’s mostly about our heads, minds and hearts when running. The psychology you need to master to train and complete races, the power of human and calorie aid in the midst of an ultra, and tips on making running easier both physically and mentally.

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11-Jul-17

The Dreaded DNS

You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. The Matrix 1999

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06-Jul-17

Damian Hall on Multi-Day Racing

10 Questions / 3 World class runners. The heads-up on multi-day ultra running from the best in the business. Three amazing runners sprinkle some of their pixie dust on some insightful questions. First on the start line is Damian Hall: Sarah Lavender Smith and Robbie Britton still to come.

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28-Jun-17

Do ultra marathoners really feel less pain?

Every six months or so, a new headline pops up about ultra marathoners, their brains and pain. As more people take up the sport, more research is being done and although it is still at a relatively early stage, there have been some interesting results. Here, I take a look at the theory of pain catastrophizing and how that might be translated into pain management when you are 40 miles in and everything feels bad.

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28-Jun-17

A recipe to kick-start your ultra running journey

Even for experienced runners, the thought of taking that next step into ultra running can be a daunting prospect. It can take a lot of discipline and dedication to get started, however the end result is always rewarding.

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27-Jun-17

Gavin Boyter Q&A: The Long Run

We love hearing tales of normal, everyday runners going out there and taking on great challenges… but also documenting them in an interesting way. Gavin Boyter is one such runner and in this Q&A, we dive into his Lands End to John O’Groats run, which he has turned into a book - 'Downhill from Here'- and upcoming film of the same name.

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