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Jun 132014

Does your body or your mind limit your race day performance?

Mind over matter. Signage before the last big climb of the Yurrebilla Trail Ultra

Mind over matter. Signage before the last big climb of the Yurrebilla Trail Ultra

We all know that dead feeling in our legs, the feeling of complete physical exhaustion. Mentally we could keep going but our body is saying no more. Or is it?

The latest thinking is that the mind controls fatigue much more than the body. Continue reading »

Oct 062012

Walking is typically seen as the soft option in running races, however in an ultra its often the smart option. In a hilly race even the elites walk, the difference between them and the back of the pack runners is the amount of walking and the speed at which they walk.

When training for my first Ultra I made the mistake of thinking that I didn’t need to practise walking in training. Surely if I can run then I can walk. This was a big mistake!

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Jan 302012

Today’s blog is for the marathon and ultra marathon runners amongst you.

The downhill sections of marathons or ultra marathons are where you can either gain or lose a lot of time depending on your training. Whilst many runners incorporate uphill repeats as part of their training very few target downhill running. Running downhill is a skill that needs to be trained to improve. It also places a greater load on the legs which unless you have trained for will destroy your quads and leave you with legs barely capable of a shuffle.
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Jul 252010

For a change I thought I’d take my educational hat off and just tell you a bit about my training. I am often asked as to what kind of training I do, how many miles, intensity etc so I thought I’d share a fairly typical week with you. This is week 3 of a 4 week cycle. I base it on a 3 week increasing in mileage program with week 4 an easy recovery week. So for example I may do 50-60 miles (80-96km) in week 1, 70-80 miles(112-128km) miles in week 2, 80-100 ( 128-160km) in week 3 and then drop it down to 30-40 miles ( 48-64km) in week 4. Continue reading »