Mark Barnett with his 100 mile buckle

Mental Strength or Just Mental – Autumn 100

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Nutrition, Psychology, Racing, Running, Ultra Marathon

Our amazing Mark Barnett recalls his epic day out at the Centurion Autumn 100 Words Mark Barnett —————————————————————————————————————————– The Centurion Running Autumn 100 is a 4 Spur race, 4 out and backs of 25 miles each.  2 spurs on the Ridgeway and 2 on the Thames Path, starting and finishing at Goring on Thames. I awoke on the morning of …

UTMB CCC 2018 – Part Two – The journey into the unknown!

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Nutrition, Psychology, Racing, Running, Ultra Marathon

The bit you’ve all been waiting for, the gory details of the race itself, but first let’s look at the kit list. The CCC (Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix) is one of 7 races in the week-long trail running extravaganza based in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the French Rhone Alps. It is the only race, apart the UTMB itself that travels through 3 countries, over 5 …

UTMB CCC 2018 – Part One – The build up!

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Marathon, Psychology, Racing, Running, Ultra Marathon

After my first ultra in June 2014, the Classic Quarter on the Cornish coast path, I looked up what the UTMB points were that I’d gained after the race. I was captivated by the enormity of this week-long series of races circulating the Mont Blanc massive in various clockwise and anti-clockwise routes. It seemed way beyond my reach so I …

Always challenge yourself! A trail adventure in Portugal

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Nutrition, Psychology, Racing, Running, Ultra Marathon

Our very own Coach Nicky took herself off an adventure to the hills of the Peneda Geres National Park in Portugal. A tough 4 day trail event through beautiful scenery and varying terrains. Read on to find out how Nicky trained for the event and what she learnt about trail running and longer distances out in the hills….. Nicky’s words: “This …

Just Get Me to the Start Line – Lakeland 50 2017

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Nutrition, Psychology, Racing, Recovery, Running, Ultra Marathon

I can’t describe the excitement when the email alert popped up on my phone from the legendary Marc Laithwaite, offering me an elite entry to the Lakeland 50 2017. The race is in its 10th year, and the number of entries were higher for this year than previous years, with 800 runners in the 50 mile event. The race build …

How to Fit in Training: An Ironman, Three Kids, an Ultra-wife, Coaching and a Full Time Job!

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Ironman, Nutrition, Racing, Recovery, Running, Triathlon

I’m often asked how I manage to train for triathlon, alongside everything else our family gets up to, (3 very active children, an ultra-running wife, my day job and coaching!). Even more so this year, when I decided to give Ironman another go, this time Wales! The simple answer is – learn to love early mornings, and be creative! The …

Significant Gains – Part 2 – Fitness Testing & Training Smart

Chris Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Racing, Recovery, Running, Speed-work, Triathlon

This is the second part of my “significant gains” blog. Building on the bike set-up aspects discussed in part one, we now focus on training at the right intensity. While the first part was focussed on the bike, this topic is equally applicable to running, and indeed swimming. As amateur triathletes we all want to maximise the training benefits from …