It doesn't matter how well your training has gone, how fit and ready you are before race day, ultra races are long enough to potentially ruin any plans you had. The weather, your choice of kit, hydration and nutrition are among some of the factors on the day that can change the outcome of your race. … Continue reading Hardmoors 55 March 2017
So last weekend was my last long run weekend before the Hardmoors 55 on the 18th March! I had previously struggled to be able to do the 'back-to-back'(B2B) long runs, that are key to Ultramarathon success, mainly due to personal circumstances. However I set aside time to be able to do this for this race. … Continue reading It’s taper time!
So it is not long now until my biggest Ultra of the year (from a mileage perspective that is!). Not a long one to some of you, but the longest distance I will be running! (I don’t know why Ultra-runners apologise for the distance they are running….'I am only running the 50 mile event', or … Continue reading Not quite a racehorse yet!
There are many reviews out there on running accessories that are way better than I could do and in more detail. However I thought I would include a list of my top 5 more obscure running accessories and a bonus one at the end for an item I received for Christmas, but have not yet … Continue reading My top five running accessories
February weather in the UK is very variable. One day it can be mild (about 10-12 deg.C) and sunny, then it drops to just above freezing, cold and wet. So it wasn't a surprise to see the forecast for Sunday 12th February to be 'challenging' The Hardmoors Saltburn marathon is based on the North East coast … Continue reading Hardmoors Saltburn Marathon
I mentioned in my profile that I have been diagnosed with 'Long QT Syndrome'. Now is maybe a good point to explain what that is and what it means. Basically it is the result of what you might class as a 'faulty electrical signal to the heart' Apparently it only appears in 1 in every … Continue reading Heart to Heart
It is always a dilemma for trail runners, especially before a race, what shoes are best for the conditions on the course? Checkout running forums and social media prior to the event and you will always see a discussion about this subject! .Longer races make this decision difficult as you often have a mixture of … Continue reading inov-8 X-Claw Running Shoe Review
I am not ashamed to say it but I love the Hardmoors series of events. These are all currently based around the North Yorkshire Moors area, which is close to home for me, but the main appeal has to be the friendliness of the races and the people involved (okay the routes and surrounding area … Continue reading Hardmoors 30