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Welcome to my blog which I hope to develop with some interesting material on ultra running both on the trails and road including reports on races and interesting training runs, views on kit and equipment as well as anything else I find of interest. I love running for adventure, opportunity and well being. Enjoy!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Western States 100

Well here we are again, it's the day before the big one. I'm now registered, checked in and pretty much all set. Conditions look almost too good to be true - record low temperatures forecast for race day tomorrow, no snow and plenty of great singletrack to get stuck into. Happy days.

Following the race is probably best done via several different 'feeds':

Twitter: #WS100
Facebook: there should be updates posted directly to my page
iRunFar: live feed
Western States Webcast: the official webcast!

In reality, you will probably need to piece together information from all four sources to get a decent picture. Don't forget it's pretty wild out there on the course, not the easiest place to provide modern standard comms.

The race starts at 5am US west coast time, 1pm GMT (Saturday 23rd June).

Enjoy. I certainly intend to....

Friday, 8 June 2012

Running Fitness article: Mind Matters (1)

For the last year or so I've been working with sports mindset coach, Kylie Roberts, and we've just written the first in a series of three articles for Running Fitness magazine on training your mind for long distance running. This isn't specifically geared towards ultras, but it's fair to say that the longer the distance involved, the more the mind comes into play. Hopefully runners of all different abilities will find it helpful. The article can be found here.

The goal setting template referenced in the article can be found here.