ultra marathon safety

7 articles on workouts, training, hormones, mantras and broken bones

By Elsa Trujillo Training, training, training. The life of an ultra runner is all about the training. But sometimes, you can’t find the time or the energy. To help you along, this week we’ve found two articles to get you going when the training gets tough. Also, we have two great pieces of advice when

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7 articles on the blues, nausea, short runs, nutrition and altitude sickness

By Elsa Trujillo For many of us the summer is nearly over but, of course, the running never stops. This week our articles deal with bad things that can happen during a race, such as nausea and altitude sickness and some that happen after the race, like post-race blues. On the physical aspect of things

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7 articles on Kilian Jornet, flat and mountain training, ultra mistakes, body enhancements, hyperthermia and ankle sprains

Last updated: 24-Aug-18 By Elsa Trujillo In honour of one of our running heroes who, yet again, smashed another record, this week, our selection of running articles is very much mountain-based. Our Kilianesque selection includes the man himself explaining his humble running kit, and some advice on training for the mountains on the flats or

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7 articles on SCD, guiding, first injuries, first ultras, rules and vertical running

Last updated: 19-Oct-18 By Elsa Trujillo Our new (and assorted) selection of interesting articles on ultra running found on the web includes an inspirational video for mountain trail ultra running and, for the first time, links to podcasts on current health-in-sport issues.  But we’ve also found a first-account experience on guiding blind people on a

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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).

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

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Increase of up to 1500 metres

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

Intermediate

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Increase of up to 1000 metres

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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

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Very little change < 500 metres

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