We were privileged to have Hong Kong Male Runner of the Year and #WAAELITE, Jeff Campbell, in the shop to walk us through his tips on bringing your A-game to a race. Read on for some key takeaways for any aspiring trail runner.
- Don't forget to warm up. Jeff likes to spend 10-30 mins, shorter for long races, longer for short races. This will help you get ahead of any early bottlenecks.
- Jeff's race day nutrition is a light brekky, then Tailwind and GU gels for 200-300 calories per hour during the run. In the race lead-up, he'll eat the same calories but avoids fibre. In general, he sticks with a sensible diet and portions including "eating the rainbow" and often trains on little food or water to help get water and fat adjusted.
- For training, there are no short-cuts to doing the miles and key workouts are hill intervals, strength work and your long run. Ultra runners don't do enough speed work and could benefit from a short race or two! Don't forget to practice your downhills "with purpose" if you want to get faster.
- Lap up the summer training, when it feels terrible. Don't say, "I'm only running 7 minute KMs. If it sucks, then it's working!"
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