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Lesotho Ultra Trail 2015

Lesotho Ultra Trail 2015

Lesotho Ultra Trail 2015

Lesotho Ultra Trail 2015, Africa’s first Ultra SkyMarathon®, established itself further as one of Southern Africa’s premiere trail races this past weekend. Hosted at the tranquil Maliba Lodge in Tsehlanyane National Park, this year’s event attracted a field of 160 athletes for the final race of the South African Skyrunner® Series. Sponsored by The North Face and Metropilitan Lesotho, the race was described as world class by many of its participants.

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Trail Running – 10 tips to run downhill faster

Trail Running – 10 tips to run downhill faster

Trail Running – 10 tips to run downhill faster

Line. Flow. Rhythm… Descending skills are what separate exceptional trail runners from good ones (Red Bull; 2015).

With LUT2015 on its way these tips may help make those downhill’s a little easier!10686621_605316312928614_6821330016947252486_n

 

1. Strengthen those legs
Leg strength is crucial for fast downhill running. There is a month left before the race so get to the gym. One exercise that works wonders for downhill running are one-legged squats (Red Bull; 2015).

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The Benefits of Altitude Training for Non-Pro Runners

The Benefits of Altitude Training for Non-Pro Runners

The Benefits of Altitude Training for Non-Pro Runners

 

Lesotho Ultra Trail, 2014 hosted at Maliba Lodge
Lesotho Ultra Trail, 2014 hosted at Maliba Lodge
 
Training at altitude–that is, between 6,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level–is like a legal performance enhancer, thanks to its ability to boost oxygen-carrying red blood cells. That’s why Nick Symmonds headed to the mountains of Mexico this past winter, Desi Davila Linden went to the Kenyan highlands, and other pro runners gathered in mountain towns like Flagstaff and Boulder for weeks or months at a time. Most coaches recommend spending at least two weeks at altitude, but it’s not an all-or-nothing proposition: Even if you’ve got only a week to spare, training in the mountains can trigger physical and mental benefits that will last for several weeks after you return to sea level (Hutchinson, 2015).
 

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