You know those moments when you have it well but you still find a reason to complain? Well, that’s me living in a beautiful city like Barcelona, surrounded by mountains with some of the best trails in Catalunya, with the beach 5 minutes away from home, and still bitching about how technical the trails are.
Oh, the mountains. The place to connect with nature, relax, and breathe in the fresh air.
Unless you’re in the middle of a trail running race, of course, and the air smells like sweat and you feel like crying. Citește mai mult
For a normal human being, there are very few things that are worth waking up at 3am on a Saturday morning. An 85km run in the mountains is usually not one of them. But the runners around me are anything but normal human beings.
The cut off times of the World Trail Championships in Penyagolosa, Castellon, are probably the hottest topic right now among the runners and their official teams, after the technical meeting in which the organizers announced they will not be increased. Citește mai mult
Dean Karnazes, american de origine greacă, este unul dintre cei mai populari ultramaratoniști din lume. După succesul primei sale cărți, Ultramarathon Man, a publicat un volum nou, Drumul către Sparta, care face parte din colecția IRun de la Preda Publishing.
Drumul către Sparta nu e una dintre cărțile clasice despre alergare, cu o latură motivațională, cât e un elogiu adus Greciei, locul unde a început povestea maratonului. Citește mai mult
Every race is a learning experience and an exam at the same time. You get to see how your mind and body react to the distance, speed, and elevation. You get to see how your quads feel in the first 30km and how they feel after km 40.
You learn how your stomach handles food and how it handles gels. You get to hear your mind speaking, your body feeling alive. And you learn how a different pace, different weather, or an unexpected detail in the competition can turn things around completely.
Plus, you get to live a totally different experience as you adjust all these variables.
– Can I run this distance and elevation so early in the season, after my 5 month break last year?
– Can I handle it well if it’s been almost a year since I’ve run this distance (EcoMarathon 2017, and that was actually shorter and less elevation)
What I loved about Vall del Congost race
– A big plus point, compared to most races I’ve been to, is that they don’t require a compulsory list of equipment. You decide for yourself what you’re going to take with you during the race, at your own risk.
Just a few days ago, the Catalan ultrarunner Pau Capell defended his title in Transgrancanaria, with an amazing victory in the 125km with 7500m elevation race, finishing it in 12h 42min 08s.
I was lucky enough to have him answer a few questions about how he trains his body, his mind, and his nutrition to achieve such performances. His beliefs reveal the importance of the emotional balance that maybe we don’t often realize is that important for ultra runners who seem to focus only on spartan trainings and nothing more. It turns out that his personal life plays a decisive role in his performance and it’s something he advises all runners to prioritize.
So where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Aren’t we all tired of boring job interviews? Of the candidate trying to give the right answers, not necessarily the honest ones and the interviewer trying to see if he ticks all the boxes? Citește mai mult