ultrarunning

The Delaware Crossing: Mike Wardian covers 130 miles in cross-state run – Running Fitness Article

The Delaware Crossing: Mike Wardian covers 130 miles in cross-state run American ultrarunner Mike Wardian ran the length of the state of Delaware, starting the 130-mile (209-kilometre) route on July 2 and finishing 26 hours later. He began the run in the afternoon, just north of Wilmington, Delaware’s largest city, near the state border with Pennsylvania. He ran in 34 C weather straight through the night and next morning, and 26 hours, 19 minutes and 43 seconds later, he crossed the…

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Marisa Lizak wins Desert Solstice outright, sets age group record – Running Fitness Article

Marisa Lizak wins Desert Solstice outright, sets age group record The Desert Solstice 24-Hour and 100 Mile Track Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona is the very definition of endurance. Held on the 400m oval track at Phoenix, Arizona’s Central High School, it’s an event designed for the purpose of breaking records. This year Marisa Lizak of Marina Del Ray, California, not only won outright, with with 148.08 miles (238.32 kilometres, and a mind-numbing 595 laps), setting a new personal best of…

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VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: There is No Map in Hell – Blog Tour – Running Fitness Article

VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: There is No Map in Hell – Blog Tour If you are anything like me, you tend to spend part of most weekends either running or dot-watching on a computer screen (following someone else who is running)! In the increasingly ‘connected’ world of social media there seems to be a race to ‘follow’ every weekend. In general this only takes a few hours or a day of our time, dipping in and out of the coverage. Back in…

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VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Let’s make a start – Running Fitness Article

VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Let’s make a start It’s been a while since I blogged. That’s pretty much because I have gone from one injury to another, and barely able to run. And let’s face it, nobody wants to read about somebody whining about their injuries all the time – because I am a pretty whiny injured person – I’m not really a ‘look on the bright side’ practical problem-solving injured runner when it’s been month after month.  So no moaning…

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Planting the seed – Spine Challanger (2) – Running Fitness Article

Planting the seed – Spine Challanger (2) So how did this crazy journey begin? Like pretty much every ultra-running fan in the UK I have been glued to a computer/ipad/phone screen dot-watching the Spine and Spine Challenger competitors every January.  Who were these seriously hard-core athletes that battled the grimmest of British winter weather for hundreds of miles? Each year, I was blown away by the super human efforts.  Not once did I ever think “Hmm, that looks like a good…

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VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: A year to get ready… – Running Fitness Article

VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: A year to get ready… So the entry was sent. Then entry was accepted.PANIC!!!Not long after I sent my entry I had an inexplicable coccyx injury. Not only could I not run, I couldn’t even sit down! Blood tests showed issues with possible unusual muscular breakdown and it looked like my training was going to be delayed further than expected.  I was already suffering from a foot injury sustained 6 months earlier at the Lakeland 100.  It…

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Another spanner in the works – Montane Spine Challenger (4) – Running Fitness Article

Another spanner in the works – Montane Spine Challenger (4) Early in October I was carrying out some parenting duties, being the delightfully helpful school mum that I am (insert cheesy grin), when I felt a pain in my hip. After my duties were finished and as the day went on the more the pain grew. By the following day I could barely walk around without pain. Within a week I knew it wasn’t something I could fix with rest so…

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

VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Race day – Montane Spine Challenger It’s been a very long time since I last felt properly sick with nerves before a race. I could barely eat (there’s a shocker!!).  I managed a banana, half a lukewarm cup of tea and half a piece of flapjack. I briefly chatted to Lizzie, and was filmed again by Summit Fever Media. They had interviewed me on Friday afternoon for their race coverage. But that was as sociable as I…

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

VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Montane Spine Challenger Content warning – there’s a lot of swearing!For those not accustomed to racing through the night, being alone in the darkness brings with it a whole new set of challenges.  I’ve only raced a handful through the night before (except for track 24 hour races which are completely different).  Once was the West Highland Way Race where you set off at 1am and have maybe 3-4 hours of darkness to run in, but you are surrounded…

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WATCH: Nepal’s trail running sensation – Running Fitness Article

WATCH: Nepal’s trail running sensation Trail, mountain, and ultrarunner Mira Rai spends hours in the hills of Nepal logging miles. But she doesn’t take it for granted. Coming from a country in which women do not have equal access to opportunities such as education, she is using her success as an athlete to make changes. After winning the prestigious Mont Blanc 90K and setting a new record, Rai used her prize money to create sustainable change in her home village. Learn…

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

VICKY’S ULTRARUNNING ADVENTURES: Montane Spine Challenger It was still dark as I rejoined the Pennine Way.  I headed up the hill, met the gate where the path headed onto Heptonstall Moor.  I tried to go through the gate. It wasn’t for moving. The sign to pull the leaver up.  I did.  I pulled that bloody leaver in every direction but the ruddy thing would not open. Stupid bloody useless excuse for a gate.  There was nothing else for it.  No amount…

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How ultra-trail runners fit training into a busy life – Running Fitness Article

How ultra-trail runners fit training into a busy life It’s dark, it’s cold, and it’s the time of year when skipping a run seems like a great idea. Sometimes it feels impossible to juggle family, work, friendships, and a regular running practice all while staying sane. You’re not alone. Even the best ultra-trail runners struggle with motivation at this time of year. RELATED: How to be a morning runner: 10 steps for running at stupid o’clock Jamil Coury and Mike…

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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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