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Plant Based Diet For Athletes – Three Months a Vegan

Plant Based Diet For Athletes – Three Months a Vegan

Switching to a Vegan Diet There was a time when I thought a plant based diet for athletes was unrealistic. I’ve learnt a lot in the last three months and more importantly I’ve been really impressed with the personal results I am seeing. As I have gradually transitioned from a Pescatarian, to Vegetarian and now to a Vegan diet, I have developed a nutritional plan that supports the amount of stress I continuously put on my body as a trail…

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GPS Watch Navigation – Making Use Of This Handy Feature

GPS Watch Navigation – Making Use Of This Handy Feature

Staying on Track GPS watch navigation is a very handy feature available on a lot of the GPS watches out there now. It can seem like a complex feature to use initially, but once you get the hang of it there’s no looking back. In this post I explain how to upload a route to use on your GPS watch and also how to build a route on the Strava and Suunto Apps. This can be used in navigation when…

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Hoka Mafate Speed 2 Review – 946kms of Trails

Hoka Mafate Speed 2 Review – 946kms of Trails

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 Review   The Hoka Mafate Speed 2 Trail Shoe from Hoka has been my training and racing shoe for the last ten weeks. The Hoka Mafate Speed 2 review below will cover my favourite aspects of the shoe and how it performed for me, along with any areas that let the shoe down. After spending many training hours in the Mafate Speed 2, along with some races, I have clocked up 824km so far….

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Cheap Healthy Meal Ideas – Vegan Nutrition For Athletes

Cheap Healthy Meal Ideas – Vegan Nutrition For Athletes

Clean, Green, Quick and Easy With a busy schedule, cheap, healthy meal ideas keep everything on track. What diet we consume can be a complex issue for many reasons. I’m going to run through the reasons we’ve become “almost vegan” and list the essentials in our weekly shop that tick our health, budget and ethical boxes. Almost Vegan We recently made the decision to cut out (almost all…) animal-sourced foods from our diet. The switch was not particularly hard as…

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Pisao Extreme Skyrace

Pisao Extreme Skyrace

My Biggest Challenge So Far Wow!! What a race and what an adventure. Here’s my race report on the Pisao Extreme 35km Skyrace. The Pisao Extreme is a very technical, mountainous skyrace in the area of Viseu, Portugal. There are 4 events: a 10km, 24km, 35km, and a 65km. I did the 35km race and with that it had 3500m of ascents and the same in descents, so a very mountainous race. New Territory As I mentioned the Pisao Extreme…

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Cascais Trail Experience Race Report 27th October 2019

Cascais Trail Experience Race Report 27th October 2019

Busy Training After a busy period of training I have my first race ticked off, so this weeks round-up includes my Cascais Trail Experience race report. Also, after a few busy weeks of training and having our son visit us from Australia, I have not posted my training weeks. (Well that’s my excuse anyway). My running has been going well. I have incorporated some self-massage of the quads and calves, and along with my strength training, the body is adjusting…

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Why Do I Get Muscle Cramps? – A Runner’s Guide

Why Do I Get Muscle Cramps? – A Runner’s Guide

The Dreaded Cramp Many, if not most runners will have experienced cramp, either during or perhaps after a race.  It can appear at anytime, although more often than not will be in the back half of your run or after/during an increase of physical exertion. They can sometimes start with a slight tightening of the muscle then slowly develop. Or they can hit you hard and fast, which stops you in your tracks.   My research has unveiled two distinct…

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Training Week 16

Training Week 16

DAY TRAINING DISTANCE ELEVATION Monday AM E trail run 10.3km 29m TuesdayAM Tempo Run Ocean swim 12.56km 80m 92m Wednesday AM E Run 10 min leg & core workout 12.3km 244m Thursday AM E Trail Run 10.68km 282m Friday AM E Run 10 min leg & core workout 5.5km 47m Saturday AM Hike 11.8km 532m Sunday Hike 11km 125m TOTALS Running 74.1km Swim 80m 1351m Very happy to be back on track this week after 3 weeks of resting my…

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Hip Drop Running – How to Identify and Correct

Hip Drop Running – How to Identify and Correct

Hip Drop Hip drop running is one of the most common problems in the running community. Apart from making you go slower, it can be the reason behind so many different running injuries. I am going to go through how to identify and correct this problem to increase your running efficiency and help prevent associated injuries. What Is Hip Drop? Hip drop is also known as Trendelenburg gate. Named after Fredrich Trendelenburg, it is an abnormal gait when either walking…

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Training Week 13-15 (Taking a Step Back)

Training Week 13-15 (Taking a Step Back)

  A Forced Rest Period Training week 13 – 15 has been very quiet due to a forced rest period. I have been dealing with the frustration of injury which is indeed incredibly frustrating. At the end of training week 12 on my last run, it became apparent that my right groin area was becoming increasingly tight. While completing a 12km run along the flat coastline the tightness located deep in the groin started to develop into a dull ache….

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