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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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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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23-Jun-17

7 articles on newbies, injuries, sponsorship, cycling and pushing yourself further

This week our selection of articles focuses mostly on a range of tips and advice to improve your training, and how to deal with and avoid injury. We also bring you some Ian Corless pictures of ultra runners and some interesting advice on netting sponsorship for running. Our very own article this week explores ways to push yourself harder both physically and mentally.

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21-Jun-17

How to Judge Mid-Ultra Whether to Tough It Out or to Quit

This guest post comes from California-based coach, ultrarunner and blogger Sarah Lavender Smith, who recently published the book, The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras. Sarah was voted RunUltra’s 2017 Overall Best Blogger for her blog, TheRunnersTrip.com.

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07-Jun-17

Lyme Disease: Runners Beware

We have been getting reports of runners who have been affected by Lyme Disease, both in the United States and across the water in Europe, and so wanted to keep you informed about the symptoms and causes of this disease.

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31-May-17

Shin Splints

Shin Splints are the bane of many runners. That tell tale pain shooting down the front of your leg may feel like an annoyance rather than a game-over in the beginning. However, you ignore them at your peril.

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