Four Essential Tips for Trail Running Recovery

Taking to the trails opens up a little slice of adventure in your day to day life. Small wonder it becomes so addictive but with it taking more effort it’s even more important to heed recovery strategies… Build your strength ‘Huh?‘ you may be thinking. ‘That’s not recovery.’ Strength work is a vital component of trail running as it keeps you efficient on the trails so you don’t overwork – and therefore injure yourself. It doesn’t need to take hours of training, just short, simple kettlebell or plyometric type exercises can reap big rewards both in making it feel easier

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GRTW announce partnership with Salomon

Our mission is to increase women’s participation in trail and ultra running and we are delighted to announce our partnership with Salomon At Girls Run the World, our mission is to increase women’s participation in endurance sport. As part of this mission, we launched our V Ultra Alps initiative this August. Its aim is to increase women’s participation in trail running and increase diversity on the trails. As the world’s leading brand in trail running, we are delighted that Salomon are supporting our mission. Their tag line, ‘Time to Play’ fits perfectly with our approach to helping women explore and

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FAQ: V Ultra Alps

Entered our monthly or weekly challenge? Here’s the answers to the most regularly asked questions… Can I still register after August 1? Registration remains open until August 10th, so you can sign up for the monthly challenge or the weekly race which takes place between August 10-16th. Why is this event and training course free? We are doing this to raise money for Refuge and to increase women’s participation in trail running, along with boosting diversity. As such, we would rather participants shared their experiences with the hashtag #grtwrunhigh #grtwdiversity to inspire others. Do I have to track elevation? Monthly

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News Release: Girls Run the World V Ultra Alps 2020: Increasing diversity on the trails with Salomon

In August, Girls Run the World kick off their month long trail running challenge in association with Salomon Running to help increase women’s participation in trail and ultra running and boost diversity While more women are running than ever, participation in trail running lags behind. Worry about getting lost, safety, and even not realising that running on trails is an option are just some of the many reasons. At the 2019 Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc for instance, 11% of the 2200 runners were women. And when it comes to the numbers of women of colour, the figures are practically

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I’m always the only black runner at ultra events

Grace Natoli, 51, a management consultant , from Bognor Regis, has been running for 11 years, completing over 40 endurance races. She shares her experience of trail running and how diversity could be improved My first running race was a local 10k in 2009 in Bognor. There were 2000 or so other runners in the start pens, and I was the only black runner. It was intimidating. Eleven years later, and I’ve now run over 40 endurance races including five ultras and the Atlantic Coast Challenge, three marathons in three days and not much has changed.  I don’t ever experience

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Consistency over intensity is the key to success

Jane Hansom, now 51, was a wine-swilling, smoker when she first took up running a little over a decade ago. Read how she became a sub 3 hour marathon runner and a championship Ironman triathlete all while working full time in her marketing agency I started running 12 years ago, only because one of my clients, Sony Playstation had five golden bond places for the London marathon. I was three stone heavier and looking after clients, in the advertising industry and going out and partying too much. I was so unfit. Bu they insisted that I run the marathon and

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Three of the best women’s kit for ultra running

If you’re off to run in the mountains this summer, or lucky enough to have an ultra race still going ahead in 2020, GRTW coach, Lucja Leonard gives us the lowdown on must-have kit essentials I often get asked what type of kit I use on ultra races, in particular longer, mountainous ones over 50 miles. A lot depends on the terrain, environment, seasons and, up to a point, how long it will take you to do the distance. But there are a few must-have items that I wouldn’t go without and that are worth spending money on, as the

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How to develop a winning mindset

We chatted to sports psychologist, Dr Josephine Perry on our Instagram Live Chat series about how to develop a winning mindset – and staying motivated without races in 2020 How do you improve your mindset so that you can improve your ability to feel uncomfortable but still push through in training or racing? A lot of it comes down to motivation, which many of us are struggling with at the moment because the key determinants of our motivation are your goals, and Covid 19 has wiped out all the races. It’s much easier to get on the treadmill if you

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What’s the difference between a tempo and an interval run?

Confused about the difference? Here, GRTW Head Honcho of online running programmes, Tara Shannahan explains and how it can make you a faster runner Interval Run An Interval run is when you run fast for an interval of time, then allow the body to partially recover and then repeat.  Why do we run intervals? The purpose of these runs are to train our VO2 max, which means the maximum amount of oxygen your body can process to fuel your run. Your VO2 max is determined by two things – the ability of your heart to pump oxygenated blood around the

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