Montane Spine Challenger – Start with the step you don’t want to take (9) – Running Fitness Article

Montane Spine Challenger – Start with the step you don’t want to take (9) “Start with the step you don’t want to take, he said. Move with a purpose that you won’t forget. Meet yourself, when you leave those other dreams behind.” As I left Gargrave I was feeling better than I did when I arrived.  I was confident that my feet would hold out for some time with all that Sudocrem on.  It wasn’t ideal but we’d made the…

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VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Montane Spine Challenger – Running Fitness Article

VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Montane Spine Challenger The rain was lashing down, but along the sheltered road I at least had a break from the wind. My feet, in my final dry pair of socks, remained dry along the road but the moment I was back on the trail a few minutes later they were soaked again. The grassy track along the bottom of the valley was waterlogged.  I knew the navigation was fairly straight forward along here but I decided to keep…

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Kerry 24 Hour Endurance Race – RandRuns – Running Fitness Article

Kerry 24 Hour Endurance Race – RandRuns My next race will be the Kerry 24 Hour Endurance Race. This will be a big test of where I am mentally and physically after my travails in the 100k, and I’m really looking forward to it (though I wish I’d more training done!). The race was originally scheduled to take place on a running track, but has been moved to Tralee Town Park, where the Tralee parkrun takes place. This move could…

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VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Montane Spine Challenger – Running Fitness Article

VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Montane Spine Challenger I arrived down at the road after a longer than anticipated diversion down (although definitely shorted that the normal route).  I thought Horton would be just around the corner, it is on the map, but like everything else during my race, it was taking a long time. Arriving at the Pen y Ghent Café I was feeling exhausted and pretty much in pieces.  I knew the medics were waiting to assess me as all…

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Every setback leaves behind a path to make your comeback – Running Fitness Article

Every setback leaves behind a path to make your comeback So I mentioned in my blog post Another Spanner in the Works that I injured my hip in a non-running incident. Because of the injury I found running for any length of time (above 20 minutes or so) painful and would have to take a walk break. During the final 3 months before the race much of my training was done by walking in the local hills or run/walking in the…

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VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Women and ultrarunning – Running Fitness Article

VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Women and ultrarunning When I was interviewed after my Montane Spine Challenger finish last month, a question I was asked near the end of the interview struck a chord. It was a question regarding the lack of women in the race, and ultra-running in general. It was a timely question given the current climate about equality and women’s rights.  And just this evening I saw a very long thread of discussion on Facebook about giving women a higher…

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November 1, 2019 – Salty Running – Running Fitness Article

November 1, 2019 – Salty Running It’s finally here – my favorite day of the year – November first. This is the day I wait for all year long, the day that tempts me with tantalizing teasers, yet I resist. November 1 is the day in which I can officially start to listen to holiday music.  Don’t @ me. However, that’s not why you’re here, and most of the news this week is firmly rooted in October. So while you…

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VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: The price of ultrarunning/ the price of safety – Spine Challenger – Running Fitness Article

In the lead-up to the Spine Challenger race, well pretty much for the whole year really, there was a lot of discussion on the race forum and other online groups about gear for the race.  Like in other group discussions, if you ask a question the responses will be split between those who are genuinely being helpful, those who are simply taking the mick and those who just have nothing positive or helpful to say to anyone about anything.  I…

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