What are the UK’s best 100 mile races?
- How to choose a trail shoe?
- Best sunglasses for off-road runners?
- How to make a running t-shirt bean bag!
Find out in my Q&A series, answering all your trail and ultra running questions. (Scroll down for links to all the books/gear I mention)
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All the dead useful things I referenced in this video:
A review of highly cushioned shoes vs knees:
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Hoka Torrent – I do wear a pair of these, but the toe box is a little narrow for me, so they aren’t my shoe of choice, but the grip is great for trails if you have slimmer feet and want more cushioning. They have a 5mm drop. Can only find this in the UK on Amazon sorry!
Saucony Xodus – I’ve worn a pair of these before but the grips were quite close together and mud used to just cling to them and stay in there! They are very cushioned with a 4mm drop.
Inov8 Trail Talon 290 – I wore these for all my Cape Wrath Ultra training and then my feet swelled so much I couldn’t fit them in them beyond day 4 of this 8-day race! Really like this shoe, but would prefer thicker laces as these skinny ones are harder to use with gloves on and can cheese-wire your feet if too tight.
Salomon Speedcross 4 – I wear these all the time for random jobs about the house and working on photoshoots as these ones are Gore-Tex (waterproof). I wouldn’t generally run in a waterproof shoe but I was sent these to test. The 10mm drop suits my plantar fasciitis problems atm, but the Quicklace system doesn’t fit snug around my feet so they move in the shoe, without double layer socks from 1000 Mile Socks I can’t wear them beyond 6 miles without getting an arch blister. The socks double the distance comfortably.
Altra Superior 4.0 – I really enjoyed wearing the 3.5’s so I’ll be talking about these on a Wednesday night live very soon! (probably Wed 13 March, always at 8:30pm)
Canada https://amzn.to/2Ew4z0s (still 3.5)
Oriocx Malmo – a new brand for me, so excited to test out these gripsters in a future live broadcast (I’m live every Wed 8:30pm)
Oakley Radar Lock Paths – my fave sunnies of all time even though they make me look like a giant bug. Wrap around, stays on nose with grips there and rubber on arms too. Lovely tint that makes the view seem even better plus rosie-coloured sunsets.
Bloc Riser XR1 – nice looking, great tint and large lens almost wraps around, but no rubber at nose so can slip when sweaty.
Not overseas sorry
Goodr Sunbathing with Wizards – look fun and funky, but polarised so cannot see any phone or GPS watch screens! Very annoying! Plus they definitely slip off the nose when sweaty and hot. Don’t really wear these at all which is a shame because they look DOPE.
Sunwise Twisters or similar – not worn a pair yet but keen to as they are all especially for sportswear, with rubber grip at the nose and wrap around fit.
Camelbak Octane 9 – worn this one a lot as is quite large good for my camera kit, but I like a pocket at the side rather than adjustment – good to adjust fit for larger runners though!
Orange Mud Endurance 2L – not worn much as heavier than most other packs, but very robust will last forever, and adjust at side great to fit larger runners.
UK not on Amazon in UK
What I’m testing at the moment:
Lumefit LED light vest – I’m wearing this for running at night, our running club doesn’t allow anyone without lumo on! It’s fantastic, and I think it’s good value at £14 as you get flashing or not-flashing settings for white front and red back lights, and 2 soft, velcro reflective armbands.
Active Root electrolyte and energy drink powders – used in hot hot hot Israel and great taste especially the Peppermint one, mmmm. Really like using ginger in drink form, great for the stomach and aids digestion.
USA https://amzn.to/2BPjPnu (closest I can find!)
I seem to have a ginger theme going this fortnight…!
How to make a running t-shirt bean bag from your old race freebies!
Here are the step by step instructions from my amazing mum.
Here’s my first ultra, the Tour de Helvellyn, mentioned in this film here, plus a 9 other great trail races for this year. https://youtu.be/GFqwtsmM_yE
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