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7 articles on boredom, motivation, etiquette, back-to-backs and cross training

By Elsa Trujillo If you’re bored and distracted when it comes to your autumn training goals, we have a great choice for you this week. We’ve selected articles that deal with lack of motivation and inspiration when running, an assessment of back to back training runs and the benefits of supplementary cross training exercises. However,

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7 articles on body changes, hiking, running efficiency, training tips and holiday training

Last updated: 28-Sep-18 By Elsa Trujillo For ultra runners, a change of season and weather brings a change of pace and some long term training goals for 2019 events. This week, we’ve put together a great collection of training-related articles for all your running endeavours and aspirations. We explore the benefits of running, share a

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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 jitters, walking, learning to run, high altitude, poles and Goldilocks

Last updated: 24-Aug-18 By Elsa Trujillo Summer in the northern hemisphere is all about the heat and that great mountain festival of running – UTMB. If you’re heading that way, you probably know all about what we’ve selected this week but it’s never too late to learn something new. If you’re not, but you would

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7 articles on volcanic islands, heart training, injuries, positivity, ageing and ultranoia

Last updated: 24-Aug-18 By Elsa Trujillo This week we bring you a balanced selection of articles that dwell on the physical and the psychological aspect of running. As an appetizer, we’ve found this great inspirational video of running a classic Portuguese event that combines mountain and sea level running. On the body side of this

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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 female winners, mindfulness, running slow, anxiety, heat and DNFs

Last updated: 26-Oct-18 By Elsa Trujillo Although heat is still a theme, it’s getting hotter in the northern hemisphere as we speak, this week our curated sample of great ultra running articles from the web includes a great video of trail running in Norway, a much discussed debate on which physiology is best suited for

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7 articles on sweat, injuries, blisters, mental hurdles, newbies and mistakes

Last updated: 24-Aug-18 By Elsa Trujillo Late spring and early summer are busy weeks for ultra runners, with the global calendar crammed with crazy long distance events. So for this week’s selection of ultra running web reading, we have some very relatable themes. There’s an article on sweating and hydration, and two more on how

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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.

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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.

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