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The Endurance Blog — Ultra Running Articles

Pacing strategy for endurance events, focus on the process

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We've been blogging recently about sports psychology related topics and one of the key things for any aspiring endurance athlete is having a race day strategy / process. Within that process, correct pacing is critical for both success and enjoyment. I've stressed many times that training is no more than 'physical conditioning' and in no way does it guarantee a great race performance. Getting your pacing right can be the difference between a personal best and a DNF, but with so many external factors on the day to distract you, is easy lose focus. Before we go any further, here's...

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Does 'mental toughness' exist? Probably not...

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Anyone who tells you that endurance racing is all about 'mental toughness' or 'mental strength' and NOT about physical training, probably hasn't done enough miles in training. I'm not a fan of the terms 'mental toughness' as I think it's a load of rubbish. In fact, the people who spout how 'mentally tough' they are the ones who generally drop out, whilst the quiet, unassuming, unnoticed person just keep going. The reality is this. If you've done a lot of training, you'll feel fine for most of the event. If you haven't, you'll start to get tired and your mood...

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Running slow is not a waste of time... why do we never discuss damage?

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We've been blogging over the last few weeks about run training and specifically how to put your training plan together for 2018. You can join in the discussions on our Facebook run coaching group. Do you need new running shoes, clothing or equipment? We are The Endurance Store, an independent running, swimming and triathlon store in Wigan, Lancashire. We support the local events, we support the local community. We're one of the last few little shops, trying to compete with the big boys. Please consider us for next time! Zone 1 / Maff running is just too slow... it's a...

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'Technique Threshold' may be the key to unlocking run potential..

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If you follow our run coaching blogs, you know that we focus on 3 main elements: 1. Speed & technique - Very short and fast stuff2. The engine - Harder running and interval work3. Durability & economy - Longer, slower running Speed and technique work revolves around running very short distances (50-150m) at maximal speeds, with long recoveries. Speed and technique work is not about fitness, it's about being able to move your limbs at speed in a coordinated manner. We've said many times before that if you can't run fast for even 100m, how can you expect yourself to...

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Racing In The Heat? Don't Sweat It...

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Exercise in the heat can place a lot of strain upon your body, if you’re used to cooler climates. For this reason, many elite athletes will spend time acclimatising to the higher temperature. Acclimatisation can require up to 14 days, so what if you’re an amateur athlete traveling abroad for an endurance event, who can’t afford to travel 3 weeks before the event? Let's not count out the UK weather, yes it's rainy a lot of the time, but in July, we can have our own scorching weekends! The purpose of this blog is to explain simple ways, which you...

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