7 articles on fuelling, packing tips, dogs, running minds and treadmills

Last updated: 29-Aug-18

By Elsa Trujillo

This week’s selection of articles and videos from the web focuses on preparation for those great events you’ve all signed up for. We’ve got tips on what to eat before the big day, how to pack for a multi-stage and how to pack a bag for regular training days.

Because the Chinese Year of the Dog starts in a few days, we have a report on a dog of a race in the US and a video from an African race to inspire you. Finally, we delve into the psyche of the runner and our very own James Eacott offers a series of treadmill exercises for the (temporary) indoor runner.

Run in Africa
Probably not the Africa you had in mind, watch this video for an ultra race in Mozambique, the Ultra Africa Race.
 

Pre-race fuelling tips
Here are five great food and drink tips to get you ready for race day.

MDS packing
For all you Marathon des Sables lovers and multi-stage long-distance runners, Elisabet Barnes shares her knowledge on how to pack for that long-running adventure in the desert.

Pack to run
It’s not just the multi-stage events that require practical thinking, here are some great suggestions to keep a go-bag ready at home for any type of running.

Run till you (or they) drop
We’re days away from the Year of the Dog and we’ve found the perfect dog race (sorry!) for you: The Big Dog Backyard Ultra in Tennessee. You run until you, or everyone else, drops. Read The Guardian report here.

The ultra running psyche
Rachel Watkins, a runner and clinical psychologist, shares the results of her study into the psychological processes and willpower of the ultra runner. Read her conclusions.

Dread the tread?
Too cold to run outside? Too busy to make it to your usual training trails? James Eacott has put together a series of workout sessions to make the most of the treadmill.

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