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Which running recovery method is for you?

A common shortcoming we find among the ultra marathon population is the lack of focus on appropriate recovery and rest. To succeed during a multi-stage race, being able to go again is one of the most important factors for success, and to do well in your training it is exactly the same. Being able to...

Ultramarathon training and the importance of sleep

Sleep is one of the most important factors in maintaining our health. It’s just as important as exercise and sticking to a healthy diet. Never have we been more aware of how important sleep is, yet people are getting far less than they did in the past. This is primarily down to an increase in...

The science behind detraining

Written by Chris Taylor Sporting events the world over have ground to a halt. Six Nations fixtures were the first to fall, then mass participation marathons and indoor competitions, swiftly followed by international athletics, domestic team games, anything with ‘world tour’ in the title and, eventually, begrudgingly, apologetically, the Olympic

The perfect breakfast smoothie for ultra runners

If you’re looking for an all in one power smoothie to fuel your mind and body for the day to come, you can do little better than the below recipe. It’s packed with goodness and can be made in under 3 minutes in a blender. It tastes delicious so get it in you and feel...

Race nutrition for recovery

Over the last few weeks we have been writing about hydration and nutrition strategies for a multi-stage race. Today we look at how to tailor your nutrition to encourage recovery. Multi stage racing requires someone to push hard for a day and then do it again and again. The focus needs to be providing your...

The rise of veganism within ultra running

WRITTEN BY CHRIS TAYLOR Chris is our Operations Manager. His interests include, and are limited to; ultra running, plant-based foods to eat whilst ultra running, and ultra running with dogs. In the last ten years, participation in ultramarathon events has grown by 345% worldwide (according to RunRepeat). In the same period of time, veganism has...

The ultra marathon perfect taper

Race day is coming up, you’ve put the hard work in, covered the miles, ticked off the equipment list and now you have been told it is a good idea to taper. But what does this mean? How do you approach it? And is it essential? What is a taper? A “taper” is a block incorporated into...

Strength And Conditioning for ultra runners: introduction

Written by Brad Welch– Guest Article Brad Welch is a former Royal Marines Commando turned strength and conditioning coach. He specialises in strength training for endurance athletes and is a keen ultra runner himself. 15 May 2020 Brad Welch is a strength and conditioning coach specialising in training for endurance athletes. Alongside T

Should you race during ultra training?

You have lined up your big event, and now you are focused on peaking for it. This might be six months away, four months down the line or it could even be something in the 2020 race calendar. A question which is often asked is whether you should race in the build-up to an ultramarathon...

The benefits of mindfulness for ultra running

Mindfulness has its roots in ancient Buddhist teachings and has been around for thousands of years, however its practice has only become mainstream in the last decade or so. As more and more best-selling mindfulness apps emerge, its curative powers appear more wide-ranging and its interested parties more diverse — from the NHS to NASA,...

Fuelling a multi-stage ultra for vegan runners

Running multi-stage ultra marathons often means being self-sufficient for days at a time. Freeze-dried or dehydrated food is therefore a necessary component of the multi-stage adventure. Lightweight, easy to prepare, and energy-dense, you’ll struggle to find a more convenient fuel source when running 250km in the desert, jungle, or mountains, esp

Setting goals for a multi-day ultra marathon

Ultra X races involve covering an even longer distance than most ultras, but over a number of consecutive days. Most stages, except a short final day, are over the standard marathon (26.2 miles) and are therefore ultramarathons in themselves. Whilst each event varies in terrain and environment one thing will always be true. Competitors need...

LCHF the ultra runner diet?

Although the benefits of a low-carbohydrate high-fat (LCHF) diet have long been touted by the likes of Arctic adventurers and extreme explorers, the concept first gained public traction in the early 2000s with the rise of fad diets (such as the Atkins and paleo). However, rather than fading into insignificance, interest in the LCHF diet and...

Hydration during a multi-stage event

One of the most important parts of your preparation for a multi-stage ultramarathon is calculating and executing your nutrition and hydration plan well.   In this article we will touch on some good strategies to keep your body in good nick.   When taking part in a multi-stage race in a hot country, such as...

How to train for running hills on the flat

Whether you are preparing for a race in the mountains or not, one of the easiest and fastest ways to improve running form is to include regular hill work in your training. Running against an incline forces muscles to work harder and as you grow stronger, your stride becomes more efficient, thereby improving speed. Research...

How to run an ultra marathon with diabetes

Written by Katie Hickling Katie is an amateur ultra runner (emphasis on the word amateur — her words, not ours!) who, when not running, tries to fit in a career in financial services technology. Other interests are also known to include dogs, cricket, and writing Ultra X articles. I have been living with type 1...

How can you build mental strength for ultramarathon?

Performing to one’s best in a multi-day race relies on much more than physical ability. The most successful competitors at Ultra X events are not the quickest but those who are able to keep on going when the chips are down. Every single person standing at the starting line on day one will inevitably have...

Creating a Training Plan for an ultra

As anyone who has ever taken part in an ultra knows all too well one of the most common questions you will get asked (or ask yourself) is “Where do you even start?!” The notion of running or walking 250km may seem inconceivable. For many a marathon seems enough, but five in five days? Getting...

Could you do an Ultra X?

The first thought that enters a lot of people’s minds when they hear about an Ultra X event is that such an undertaking would be impossible. The idea of running more than five marathons in as many days can be terrifying. Preparing your body to traverse 250 km in 5 days is no mean feat....

CBD 0il for Ultra Runners: What are the benefits?

CBD Oil For Ultra Runners: What Are The Benefits? In recent years, CDB oil has been popping up more and more regularly across popular media. It seems to be a key ingredient of an ever-increasing number of sports recovery products and has now hit the ultra running scene. Purported benefits include better sleep, faster recovery,...

Back to basics: Ultra Running isolation tips

WRITTEN BY SAM HEWARD Sam is one of the Ultra X Co-Founders. If he’s not actually out running, chances are he’s busy writing about it (or plotting Ultra X strategy!) The Covid-19 pandemic has meant we are all having to make massive adjustments to our day to day. The extent of government lockdowns, layoffs, furloughs,...

Are women better than men at Ultra Running?

WRITTEN BY SAM HEWARD Sam is one of the Ultra X Co-Founders. If he’s not actually out running, chances are he’s busy writing about it (or plotting Ultra X strategy!) Over the last few years, we have seen ultra endurance races crowning female champions with increasing frequency. In 2019, there were a flurry: Jasmin Paris...

A guide to heat acclimation

Competing in an extremely hot environment is not only physically grueling but overheating is a serious risk which needs to be planned for. Hot climates can lead to mild performance impacting problems like heat cramp or exhaustion but also more severe conditions such as heat stroke, when the bodies mechanism to control its own temperature...

9 Practical strategies for surviving (and enjoying) a multi-day race

WRITTEN BY THOMAS WATSON Thomas Watson is an ultra-runner, UESCA-certified running coach, and podium finisher of several multi-day races — despite coming 100th the first time he tried one. He likes running, good beer and, “fortunately for us”, writing about the former! He also writes at MarathonHandbook.com. Running a multi-day stage ultra ma