3-sjøersløpet 2017

Når jeg stod på startstreken på 3sjøersløpet forrige lørdag var det for en gangs skyld løpsmedaljen som var hovedmotivasjonen for å delta. Utenom på 100 miles løp, der det å få en beltespenne er kjempeviktig, synes jeg stort sett at medaljer jeg får for fullførte løp er verdiløst juggel, men noen uker før 3sjøers annonserte arrangøren at det ville bli delt ut en egen medalje til de som fullførte for 5. eller 10. gang. En kjapp opptelling viste at jeg hadde vært med 4 ganger før; i 2011, 2012, 2013 og 2014.

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Autumn 100 – kit check

I know I did a similar review  after the North Downs Way 100, but since some of the kit for the A100 was new, some was being used in a slightly different way than before, and some of I forgot to mention last time, I thought another kit review could be justified. Any excuse to nerd about ultra running gear, eh?

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The Autumn 100, 2017. Race report from the 100 mile grand slam finale

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A couple of weeks before the final race of the Centurion 100 mile grand slam 2017 the previews started coming out. Apparently, the women’s race was mine to lose, and if I could run in 16.51 or better the women’s overall grand slam record would also be mine. Not completely unrealistic, my fitness was good, I ran the first race of the grand slam, the Thames Path 100, in 16.55 in April, and the A100 is the course with the fastest times. Messages from other runners started pouring in, telling me they expected me to push at least one of the guys in the GS down from the podium (I was 4th overall going into the final race). Then the weather forecast came out, warning that Storm Brian was going to hit South England on the day of the race with up to 50mph gusts of wind. Did this do anything to dampen people’s expectations of records, trophies and podiums? Apparently not. No pressure then… Les videre

Preikestolen Maraton 2017 – vondt og vakkert

Når arrangementet Preikestolen Maraton ble annonsert tidligere i år syntes jeg det hørtes fristende ut, men siden årets store mål er Centurion Running sin 100 miles grand slam i England trodde jeg det ikke ville passe inn i min løpskalender. Jeg regnet med at det å løpe fire 100 miles løp på seks måneder ville være en så stor påkjenning at jeg ikke ville tåle andre løp i tillegg. I sommer traff jeg imidlertid på løpssjef Willy Steinskog inne på Flørli, og han uttrykte ønske om at jeg skulle bli med. Halve grand slam-en var unnagjort, jeg hadde restituert meg bra, og sekunder før hadde jeg fullført tre turer opp Flørlitrappene som trening til 100 miler nr tre. Jeg hadde med andre ord ingen gode unnskyldninger for å si nei, og kort tid etter var jeg derfor påmeldt til historiens første Preikestolen Maraton.

Etter å ha meldt meg på tenkte jeg ikke så mye mer på dette løpet. Det jeg brukte mest tid på når det gjaldt forberedelser var å finne noen å sitte på med,

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Wear sunscreen!

I forgot something in my last post about the kit I used in the NDW 100: sunscreen. Thank goodness I didn’t forget on the day, which means I did not end up looking like this:

At the finish of the sdw100 with arms so sunburnt they were glowing in the dark.
This is what happens when you don’t apply sunscreen properly.

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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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