Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour

Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour

My first 24 hour ultra and an experience I will never forget. Pre-Race When a race starts at 11:00pm the ‘pre-race’ period is pretty damn long. For me, it started at 5:30am after a good night’s sleep. I usually only get about 6 to 7 hours but, for...
Clearing the Head

Clearing the Head

I’m only a couple of days out from the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra so there’s nothing I can do now that will make me any faster, any more efficient, or any more prepared to run the stairs of the Nicholas de Lange than I already am. Well, almost nothing: I can...
Just 321 Meters

Just 321 Meters

In a lot of the training for ultrarunning books I have read – and there are a few on that list now – one of the standard pieces of advice has been to train for a race in segments or blocks. You start off by building a base, you add in some speed work or...
Running with The Jester

Running with The Jester

After listening to classic ’80s club tunes on yesterdays run, I was looking forward to the latest Ten Junk Miles Long Run interview on this morning’s effort. Indeed, I was especially excited to know that the interview would be with Ed Ettinghausen, an...
Ride on Time

Ride on Time

I’m a fan of Apple Music and its revolving daily selection of playlists. Every day I get a changing platter of rock or alternative, electronic or nostalgic songs served up fresh and there is usually something pretty good in there that will keep my head nodding...
The Mount Everest Climbing Challenge

The Mount Everest Climbing Challenge

Every month Strava hosts a challenge for runners to see how high they can climb. Usually the target to complete the challenge amounts to 2000 meters or so, especially early in the season when the trails and hills are likely snow bound, in the northern hemisphere at...