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Training for Trail Running – Week Eight Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Eight Progress

After falling short on the elevation total last week, I was determined to put in a solid week of climbing to make up for it. I’m definitely finding there is a noticeable difference from when I first started over here in Portugal. Running up some of my local hills around Cascais are noticeably easier. This is a good indication that my legs are getting stronger . I feel more work is needed climbing ( and descending) in more technical locations…

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Training for Trail Running – Week 7 Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week 7 Progress

Week seven is done along with a road trip with my mate Jim Turner from Australia. The trip was over 4 days so was a good half of the week. We went from Cascais down the west coast towards the Algarve, along the bottom of Portugal then back up through the Alentejo near the Spain border. With all of the travelling, not to mention a couple of beers here and there, I still managed to get my goal distance done….

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Best Trail Running Vest – From Short Runs to Multi-Day Treks

Best Trail Running Vest – From Short Runs to Multi-Day Treks

Best Trail Running Vest For Your Run Considering what you need or want to bring along with you on a long trail run or a race, the right vest can have a huge impact on your comfort and economy. There are many options out there now which incorporate great design features for carrying everything from water to a small tent! What you specifically want or need in a vest will impact what choice you make. Are you heading out for…

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Training For Trail Running – Week Six Progress

Training For Trail Running – Week Six Progress

Time to Get Back to It With my daughter Ella flying back to Australia this past week there were plenty of sad goodbyes. Having family and friends visiting is always a wonderful time but does tend to impact the training schedule. Time to get back to some more structured weeks. Although my friend Jim is arriving at the end of the week this won’t be an issue as Jim is my running partner from Australia. Getting the work done should…

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Best Trail Running Watches

Best Trail Running Watches

With advances in technology progressing at a rapid rate the amazing features available to us in a sports watch are now phenomenal. I can remember years ago buying one of my first sports specific watches and being so excited that I could look down and see my actual pace! How things have come along. The most up to date watches out there today include features such as Smartpay, Musicplay, Topo maps, Wrist heart rate, Barometric and Altimeter sensors, compass and…

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Stay Motivated When Running – Six Ways to Keep Training Interesting

Stay Motivated When Running – Six Ways to Keep Training Interesting

Staying on track with your running journey can be tough at times with multiple bumps in the road presenting themselves regularly.  Finding ways to stay motivated when running is key to your long term success. I find that daily structure along with setting goals works best for me. Although structure is my best plan to keeping focused, unless you are a hermit this cannot be kept up 100% of the time. Influences from Family & Friends Meeting up with family…

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Morning Run Motivation

Morning Run Motivation

When starting on your running journey or any exercise journey it is always best to work out a schedule for when you are going to perform these running sessions. Finding your morning run motivation can be a big factor holding you back. Although I generally do my harder training session in the evening, I like to get up early and do a run followed by a swim in the ocean. I find when starting out the day with this ritual…

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Training for Trail Running – Week Five Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Five Progress

Easy Week/Rest Week Week five was a week spent with my daughter who is visiting from Australia.  It is important to have family time when it is presented and the body enjoys some rest and recovery time. While only having four running days this week my elevation gains did suffer, only recording 1317m.  I did however manage to reach my total kilometer goal for the week of 90km in four straight days. Week five went as follows: DAY TRAINING DISTANCE…

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Running Training Schedule

Running Training Schedule

Variety is Key If you are looking for a well-rounded training regime you need to know that you are ticking all the boxes in your weekly running training schedule. Simply going out and doing a 5,10 or 15km run each day at the same pace is not going to unlock your full running potential. It will likely get you over the line but if you are looking at stepping it up a notch or two you need to change things…

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Training for Trail Running – Week Four Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Four Progress

Week four is done with a little bit of a mixture this week.  Having done some longer tempo runs along with some walking to rest the legs in between these key runs. The last run of the week was the toughest being only 10.7km in distance but had just under 700m of elevation gain. This was a good test to see where the legs were at. After the last climb on this run my legs were cooked, especially as I…

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