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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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22-Jun-17

What running shoes did Kilian Jornet use for Everest

After Kilian Jornet’s staggering two-summits-of-Everest-in-a-week triumph, details are starting to emerge of how he attacked it and what kit he used. For every runner, shoes are THE vital kit component, imagine how high the stakes are if you are running up and down the world’s biggest mountain?

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21-Mar-17

Measuring self belief. Endurance sports online survey results

When taking part in sport, or indeed any aspect of life, most people will stress how important it is to have self-belief. What this belief refers to is a psychological construct known as ‘self-efficacy’, which is an individual’s belief in their own ability to do a certain task or perform a certain skill.

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08-Mar-17

Why do women win ultras

There are very few sports where, on the day, a female athlete comes out on top and wins outright. There are very few sports where women and men compete in the same race or competition side by side. Horsemanship is one of them with women as equal competitors, but the biological playing field is levelled there by the horse. One of the great things about ultra running is that, in most races, you all set off together without regard for gender, age or ranking. So, what is behind this truth that women can beat their male counterparts and win ultras?

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21-Feb-17

Heat chamber acclimation

A few years ago, heat chambers were the domain of experimental science that we believed only existed at NASA or were ancillaries to the Hadron collider. Well, it turns out that there are quite a few of these facilities now available and these have grown out of the developing understanding of sports science.

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