7 articles on GPS, amulets, saving money, strong feet and transitioning to an ultra

Last updated: 19-Jul-18

By Elsa Trujillo

A new month is here and so is our selection of articles from the web. This week we bring you interesting reads on GPS-less ultra running navigation, running lucky charms and some tips if you’re travelling abroad for an ultra.

We also have some ideas on money saving for your home gym and some exercises to strengthen your feet. Finally, Alice Morrison recounts what it’s like to wear a press pass at UTMB and Andy Mouncey imparts expert advice on what it really takes to tackle an ultra event.

Not a fan of GPS?
Here are some helpful suggestions if you want to wean yourself off the GPS but still want to know what your average pace is.

Do you have a running amulet?
If you do, you’re not the only one. Here are some weird objects UTMB runners took to the mountains around Chamonix this past summer.

First time running abroad?
If you’re off to the airport soon for your first ultra abroad, here are some good tips for plane and general travel.

Saving strategies
If you’d rather save the money from that expensive gym subscription and don’t want to splash out on super gizmos for your own home facilities, here are some suggestions on how to go for effective but cost-efficient devices.

Reporting the UTMB
In the past we’ve brought you UTMB runner and crewing experiences. Here’s a different view, Alice Morrison gives us a peek into what reporting for a big mountain trail running event is like.

Want some strong Hobbit feet?
Here are some simple exercises to do at home to strengthen your running feet. Read the article.

Do you really have it in you?
If you ever wonder if you have what it takes to run an ultra. Read our expert advice from coach Andy Mouncey here.

"Why don't you share your own favourite running articles with RunUltra?"

Like what you read?

Click here to sign up for more

Related news

Top Reviews November 2018

Last updated: 18-Dec-18 By Luke Jarmey We’re pleased to announce our top reviews for November. So congratulations to Sarah Whittington who will receive a pack

Read More »

Inside Kilian Jornet

Last updated: 27-Feb-20 Inside Kilian Jornet Click to watch the Documentary This new documentary from Lymbus follows Kilian as he does a round-the-world tour doing

Read More »

Top Reviews August 2017

Last updated: 25-Oct-18 By Luke Jarmey We’re pleased to announce our top reviews for August. Congratulations to John Ryan (@ultraventure) who will receive a pack

Read More »

Latest news

MIUT 85k Race Report

MIUT 85k Race Report I want to share my experience of the MIUT 85k as a novice Ultra-Runner – what my background is, how I prepared, how

Read More »

SEARCH

Filters

Distance
Distance - slider
0KM500KM
Entry Fee
Entry Fee - slider
010000

DATE SEARCh

Date Range

Global - Virtual

Elevation

A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for

For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Elevation

An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for

Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Brutal

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude)

Suitable for

Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Expert

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)

Suitable for

Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Advanced

Elevation

Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Intermediate

Elevation

Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

Elevation

Very little change < 500 metres

Suitable for

First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.