For nearly 20 years the Kima Trophy has represented a landmark event for skyrunners thanks to the challenging highly technical 52 km course over seven passes counting a massive 8,400m of ascent and descent. Moraine, snowfields and exposed crests feature largely on the course, with fixed ropes for safety at key points.
You've probably noticed more runners the last few years with colorful tape running up their legs. This elastic sports tape--often called Kinesio tape, although Kinesio is one of many brands--is designed to lift the skin and allow better blood flow, which is said to increase muscular performance and allow better mobility in injured areas. Does it work?
Robbie Britton: Yiannis Kouros setting the world record for the 24-hour race in Adelaide in 1997, or maybe Paula Radcliffe's 2003 London Marathon – my own selections are mostly about time, not battles between rival runners
If you have the ever-popular office job that involves sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, it can wreak havoc on your precious body, creating tight hips and lower back pain. Many stretches for your hips also stretch out your lower back, so these
Matt Fitzgerald explores why lack of flexibility can be a good thing for runners, as well why it's important to stretch.
Leonidas Athanasopoulos's insight:
Some good points in this article. But the author is underestimating the intensity factor in running. When a runner is doing high intensity interval training or weight strengthening, then some stretching is required. Because this kind of exercise is not exactly natural and may impose more pressure to joints, muscles and tendons than simple running.
My routine involves 3 times per week stretching, no matter what! And when I am doing intervals or weight lifting, then stretching is also included in the protocol, especially at the recovery part.
Extremes are not good. Poor flexibility or lots of flexibility are extremes.
It is quite light for an ultra-trail shoe. 8mm drop is the the best for this kind of use. If the grip is as good as usual for Inov8 then it will be one more great option. My two concerns for Inov8 shoes are the comfort on real rocky terrain and their pricing which tends to be on the high side.