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14-Mar-18

7 articles and videos on adventure running, cramps, trail etiquette, pain management and salt

You can almost smell the arrival of spring. Snow and icicles be gone! Here’s our latest selection of internet articles for you to enjoy.

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13-Mar-18

Using painkillers in ultra running

Most runners will reach for the painkillers at some point in their running career. It may be due to injury, or, perhaps it’s a strategy employed to reduce muscle soreness after a hard race or training sessions.

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07-Feb-18

Can Training Barefoot Make You a Better Runner

Barefoot running is a rather controversial topic. So, does it have a place in ultra running? In this article, I give the low-down on why, and how, you might want to integrate barefoot running into your training.

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08-Dec-17

Running and depression

I was asked to write an article about running and mental health. I am a clinical psychologist and an ultra runner, so this should be right up my street. However, I found myself stopping and starting and changing my mind over the best angle to take.

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29-Aug-17

7 articles on running lies, gadgets, bags-to-go, discipline, atherosclerosis and prehistory

Sometimes it’s hard to train. Discipline, purpose, (lies) and dreams are all you need to get you out there: Alice Morrison, Andy Jones-Wilkins and Nathan Dewall share their methods. This week we also bring you articles on (un)necessary gadgets, a check list for your running bag, some medical research results and the pros and cons of adopting a “prehistoric” diet. Read on.

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08-Aug-17

Managing heat stress

Adrian Benn is a serving army officer and a keen ultra runner and endurance athlete. He contacted RunUltra to share his experience of both working and running under extreme heat stress. He has some suggestions on how to manage the potentially lethal trio that is humidity, air temperature and solar (sun) light.

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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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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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