It’s been a while since I last did a links roundup, something I am going to try and do more regularly, as much for my own reference as anyone else’s, as there’s just so much interesting stuff out there and keeping on top of it all is a nightmare!
Final Call For Loch Ness Marathon
Best be quick if you want to run one of the most scenic marathons in the UK. Entry for the Loch Ness Marathon has been extended as a result of a technical hitch with the web site and now closes at midnight on Tuesday 9th September 2014.
I’ve got fond memories of running this one, including the surreal sight of a long line of double decker buses travelling along the narrowest of country roads to get everyone to the start line (and also the sight of said buses emptying after some brave soul requests a toilet stop en route and everyone descends on the countryside to empty their bladders!). A fantastic route with possibly the world’s most famous loch and some hills thrown in at intervals for good measure!
Ultrarunners Living the Dream?
My wife and I have often discussed our desire to relocate to the Cairngorms (or the Canadian Rockies!) but, most likely, it’s something that, if it happens at all, will happen later in life. The prospect of leaving careers behind to focus on running, or indeed, other outdoor pursuits, is no doubt something that appeals to many of us but, as the following article highlights, sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan.
‘Ultrarunners Living the Dream?’ follows Matt Flaherty, Adam Campbell and Mike Wolfe as they leave their law careers behind to focus on training and racing, and makes for an enlightening read, especially in the case of Adam Campbell, who actually finds that having all the time in the world isn’t necessarily the best option. Unfortunately, injury also features and highlights just how easily this can impact on goals and aspirations.
Dos & Dont’s From Top Ultramarathoners
“The thought of how to approach your first (or fiftieth) ultramarathon can be daunting. Although you’ve trained hard, it’s easy to waste precious pre-race energy worrying that a few small mistakes with your nutrition or pacing can result in a DNF or, worse, an injury. What follows are a series of race-day ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ from some of the top athletes in the sport. Take these tips to heart as you prepare to go the distance!”
This is an excellent article and, with the benefit of hindsight, I can totally relate to these words of wisdom from Anton Krupicka, Pam Smith, Geoff Roes and Michele Yates.
Reading through the list brought back memories of some of the worst (and best) experiences I have had running ultramarathons, from injuring my Achilles 6 miles into the 55 mile Cateran Trail Ultra and hobbling on to complete the race and the 95 mile West Highland Way Race just a month later, from my one and only (to date) D.N.F. at my first ever Highland Fling, to my completion of the West Highland Way Race, despite explosive diarrhoea and projectile vomiting! Well worth a read.
“When things get tough (they will, probably way tougher than you can currently imagine even), believe in your training, believe in yourself, grit your teeth and do it. Doing hard things is extremely satisfying once you’ve made it through. Don’t forget that in the moment.” (Anton Krupicka)
“DO expect something to go wrong. No matter how perfect your training has gone, this is ultrarunning and a lot of crazy things can happen when you are running for hours on end. If you accept that something may go wrong ahead of time, you’ll be in the right frame of mind to tackle problems when they arise and to look for solutions, rather than wanting to throw in the towel.” (Pam Smith)
A common thread throughout the tips is to start eating and taking on calories early, even as early as 15 mins into a race.
6-Year-Old Runs 22:26 5K
Six-year-old Jaden Merrick ran 22:26 at Saturday’s Park to Park 5K in Waterloo, Iowa, more than 90 seconds faster than the single-age world record of 24:07 he set on August 2. I can only dream of a 22:26 5K. Well jealous lol! (and hugely impressed!)
For all the Hoka fans out there, the road running Hoka Clifton is now available at www.ultramarathonrunningstore.com (£89.99)
“Quite possibly the smoothest runnng shoe on the market, the Men’s Hoka Clifton offers an incredibly cushioned ride at an almost impossibly low weight. Early stage Meta-Rocker sculpting geometry provides a fluid, efficient ride and the stripped down SpeedFrame upper leaves no extra weight for you to lug around. If you want to take the feeling of running on grass with you to the concrete jungle, look no further than the Hoka One One Clifton.”