7 articles on testing, expecting, repeating and race-specific training

Last updated: 14-Mar-19

By Elsa Trujillo

This week we have another great combination of articles we think you will enjoy, curated from the world wide web of ultra running: how physiological testing of your body can help you improve your running efforts, how pregnant runners should approach the sport they love, an article expanding on how to best manage your Achilles’ tendon pain and race-specific training.

Also, why repeating a race could improve your running and a great selection of cross-training exercises to add a little variation to your ultra running workouts. Oh yes, and a video glimpse into one of the world’s most iconic trail races: the Western States 100.


Can sweat testing improve your running?
Do you really need physiological tests to run better? This article explores the advantages of testing your sweat, blood and metabolism to discover things you didn’t know about your body and how you can change your training or nutrition to maximise your effort.

Expecting to run
Doctors recommend you stay active when pregnant but does this mean you can keep up with your regular trail running? Read this article to find out what you should and shouldn’t do if you want to keep running during your pregnancy months. This article is no longer available.

VIDEO – The 2016 Western States 100
Experience this year’s iconic US ultra trail running event through the eyes of one of its runners, Andrea Kooiman.

Achilles’ tendon pain
It’s one of the most common running injuries and it doesn’t necessarily occur how you think. Read this article to article no longer available or reactive tendonopathy and how to manage the pain and nurse yourself back to health.

Race specific training
If you are looking for a variation to your regular training or preparation for a big race, try specific training and go for sessions that mimic what you will encounter during the big day. Read on for some workout suggestions depending on the terrain: flat, mountainous or colossal.

Race, repeated
Tired of never running on familiar ground? In this article, Bryon Powell suggests repeating races already run to refine and improve the overall experience.

7 top cross training sessions
Our very own ultra runner, James Eacott, has put together a selection of cross training sessions to improve your ultra running when you want something more than endless hours of running.

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