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The three stages of an ultramarathon

The 3 ultramarathon stages Generally when I run an ultramarathon I find that I go through three distinct stages. This will be different for everyone, and ideally my race would be a little more balanced, so this isn’t something you should be aiming for. If I was perfect then I guess there would be no …

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Beacons Ultra 2016

Welcome to my race report/review of the Brecon Beacons Ultra 2016. It is a challenging event in a beautiful location and features a 23 mile loop which you do twice. There are only two hills on it, nothing to worry about. It’s also held in the remote welsh countryside in November and the weather is …

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Eden Project Marathon 2016

Welcome to my report on the Eden Project Marathon 2016. www.edenproject.com Last Sunday (16th October 2016) I ran the Eden Project Marathon. It was my second time at it, and this time I was going “covert.”┬áThe first┬átime I ran it dressed as Batman alongside a friend dressed as Robin, and I fooled myself into thinking …

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A trip to the Sports Science Lab – Marjons

Introduction A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of popping into the Marjon Sports Science Lab to do some tests. I had just taken on a new coach (Charles Miron of Solo Sport Systems) and he likes his athletes to get their Lactate Threshold checked out. He then uses this to precisely set …

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Review – Dryrobe Advance Short Sleeved

Dryrobe Advance in the wild

When you go wild swimming you will broadly find three main methods for getting changed: The fast strip and go (for the less shy amongst us) The towel wrap, fumble, stagger, flash, panic….. (For the more shy amongst us) The “I’ve bought my own portable changing room” Dryrobe users (for the “well-to-do” wild swimmer) It …

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Fire and Ice Ultra Marathon 2016

Myvatn

About 8 months ago I came across Fire and Ice, the toughest foot race in Iceland, and was beguiled by the pictures of shooting lava, northern lights and a really good challenge. It is a 250km stage race over 6 days and challenging terrain. A few weeks later I signed up. Now skip ahead to …

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Announcing a DNS and Ivybridge Everest Mark 2

Well, I was meant to be heading up to the Giant’s Head Marathon this morning, but have decided to listen to my body for once. I have been pushing on a lot this year and have achieved things that just a few years ago I would not have thought possible on their own, let alone …

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The Ox Marathon 2016

Yesterday I got up bright and early and drove two hours over to Wiltshire and the Rushmore Park Golf Club for the start of the 2016 Ox Marathon. It is organised by White Star Running, much like the Larmer Tree Marathon that I took part in a few weeks ago. It was in similar terrain …

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Putting the chimp back in its box

When looking at the mental aspect of endurance sport few make this complex topic make sense more than Professor Steve Peters in his book The Chimp Paradox. Prof Steve talks about the chimp that we all have inside us. This is the internal voice that is designed to keep you alive. It is loud, powerful …

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Endurancelife Pembrokeshire CTS Marathon 2016

I took part in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series (CTS) Marathon on Pembrokeshire yesterday (30th April 2016) and it was a perfect example of how good Endurancelife events can be. The weather was glorious with a slightly chilly wind, clear blue skies and most people being surprised by just how hot it got. The grounds …