Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Some More "Words of Wisdom"

(Keep the guess rolling in for the Molesworth folks!)
After the "Words of Winsdom" post the other day, here are a few more first timer tips.
These are from Paul Charteris. Paul is the man behind the Tarawera Ultra and Trail RunZ and he has raced in the Western Sates 100 miler.
1.  Don't run on Thursday or Friday.  There's simply no need to do
extra training so close to the event.

2. Don't carry all sorts of useless crap that you'll never need.  I
see a lot of ultra-runners carry huge amounts of food, drink and
clothing.  It only weighs you down.
3. (you already know this one).  Start slow.  I mean real slow.  At
Western States it was 1.5 hours before I   reached my "running pace"
and you know what, 5-8 hours in to the race I passed about 50 other
runners who had started way too fast.
4.  If the day is going to be cool, try and get some calories in you
earlier rather than later.  After a few hours of running you may not
feel like eating or drinking much in anycase.
5.  Don't be afraid to load up on some decent fat in the next few
days.  Quite a few studies have shown that fat loading results in
superior performance for ultra-distance events.
6. Watch all the Killian Jornet videos you can between now and race
day.  That dude is phenomenal.

Thanks heaps Paul, and also Byron!
If any of you out there have a tip you would like to share that would be great! Leave it via a comment.

1 comment:

  1. Before the Routeburn earlier this year the following are a few tips they sent out for races, pretty relevant to the Molesworth, or any longer running race, Grant-
    "a Word from tHe Wise and you WouLd be
    Wise to foLLoW tHis Wisdom.
    ■ Purchase some Bio magnesium tablets and
    take them morning and night this week. This
    will help prevent cramps come race day.
    ■ Carry ‘cramp stop’ for on the track just in case.
    This run is tough on your muscles why train
    hard only to spend time waiting for cramps to
    ■ Carry Leppins with you on the Classic
    ■ Make sure to take Vaseline to avoid the
    dreaded chafe. You don’t need this type of pain
    in those type of places.
    ■ Take blister packs like second skin with you.
    Heed these wise words from an old old wise
    wise man."


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