North Downs Way 100 – kit check

Before I ran the North Downs Way 100 for the first time in 2015 I think I spent just as much, if not more, time researching shoes and equipment as I did training for the event. Now that I am coaching other aspiring 100 mile runners I also seem to spend just as much time giving advice about socks, underwear and hydration packs as I do making training plans for my clients. When I meet up with other ultrarunners we also tend to spend a lot of time talking about shoes and gps watches, and I love it when race organisers polls their participants about shoes and equipment so I can find out what other runners are using (like the WSER do). So here it is, a race report from the NDW100 2017 dedicated to the gear I was using, starting with what was on my feet and working my way up to the top of my head.

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North Downs Way 100 (2017) – race report

I’m feeling good. Photo: Stuart March

This was 100 mile race number 3 in the last 4 months. This year’s NDW had it all, fantastic views, technical trails, roads, stepping stones, fields, hills, flats, sunshine, rain, thunder, high points, low points, old friends, new friends, facebook friends who became real life friends, lots of sweat, blood, 3 extra miles (the NDW100 is actually 102,9 miles long), and, as usual, quite a lot of vomit.

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South Downs Way 100 2017


On Old Winchester Hill. Photo by Stuart March

Centurion 100 mile grand slam race 2/4
In the week leading up to the SDW100 it felt almost absurd to be making the final preparations for another 100 miles race – it felt like the Thames Path 100 was just a few days ago. Six weeks go by really fast.

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Recovery time and health issues following a 100 mile ultramarathon

If I had a krone for each time someone has stated to me that «ultramarathons cannot possibly be good for your health», well, I might have had enough to cover the starting fee for my next ultramarathon. On the other hand, there are also plenty of people who argue that we are born to run (as the book claims), and historical evidence shows that it has been relatively normal to run what today is considered ultra distances. For professional runners in ancient Greece, and other old civilisations, running 100-200km to deliver messages was just a normal working day (Gotaas, 2008). As usual in such situations, I asked myself WDSS (What Does Science Say?), and headed to PubMed to find out.

Write blog? Sorry, but no.

Read research? I think not.

That was a couple of years ago. A lack of deadlines and feline sabotage are some of the factors why I never got round to writing anything, but as I am taking part in a 100 miles grand slam this year my interest in this subject has been renewed. As a personal trainer I would also like to give my ultrarunner clients evidence based advice, as I was drilled to do in my previous career as a physiotherapist.

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Tilstandsrapport/Holmenkollstafetten 2017

Spoiler alert: som det fremgår av bildet er jeg svært fornøyd med både innsats og restitusjon for tiden.

Hvor lang tid tar det å restituere seg etter et langt ultraløp a la 100 km, 100 miles eller et 24 timers løp? Mange har spurt meg om dette, og det er noe jeg selv lurer på også. Jeg begynte å skrive et blogginnlegg om det for et par år siden, og fant en del forskning på det som i hvert fall delvis svarte på spørsmålet. Etter Thames Path 100 ble spørsmålet om restitusjonstid etter en 100 miler igjen svært aktuelt, så jeg bør nok finne fram forskningsartiklene og få somlet meg til å skrive ferdig blogginnlegget.

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Thames Path 100, 2017, part 1: the numbers


I usually write really long race reports, and it takes me ages to write them, so this time I thought I would try something new and start with a shorter post focusing on the numbers. So part 1 is for all you statistics fanatics out there (this post is more or less a write up of a telephone conversation I had with my dad earlier today), part 2 will follow soon with all the gory details for those of you who likes to read about body fluids etc. Les videre