Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gut Check: Techniques to Keep Your Gut From Ending Your Race Early

By Jason Koop, CTS Premier Coach and 7-time 100-mile Ultramarathon Finisher
From the Carmichael Training Blog
‘This race will take all of the grit, guts and determination you have’. I can remember these words being belting out over the loudspeakers by Leadville Trail 100 race director Ken Chlouber in front of a packed gymnasium of nervous ultra runners. While Ken was most likely referring to one’s character, the ‘guts’ part of his speech can now take on a more literal meaning thanks to Dr. Martin Hoffman, who has recently published a study on ultramarathoners in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. And although the study specifically examines ultramarathoners, the findings are relevant to runners training for shorter distances as well.

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