Training doesn’t stop just because it’s the Christmas holidays and with a few early mornings and juggling family commitments I was able to have one of the most ultra marathon specific training weeks to date. I don’t drink and very rarely go to the pub so waking up at 5.30am with a hang over in the holidays was never going to be a concern for me. Even our New Years Eve celebrations were far from rock and roll as we headed home just after at 10:30 pm and on New Years Day my wife got up early to run our local Park something I never thought would happen. Who know she may even make the Christmas Day one next year.
All of my training runs over the past few months in the Peak District have been done in Zone 1 (recovery), as I try to build a solid endurance base in preparation for the Ultra Marathons I have got planned. I decided to test my fitness level and some of my new kit out to see how my training was coming together and did a thirteen mile run in Zone 2 (threshold) on Tuesday morning. I was pretty pleased with the results and saw the biggest improvement on the hills were my heart rate was much more stable. This allowed me to push harder as the climb went on. At the start of my training my heart rate would shoot up on the littlest of climbs and forced me to slow down or walk. Continue reading →
I have been using the full range of Mountain Fuel performance supplements for the last couple of months, after I was put in touch with them through a friend and feel that I¹ve thoroughly tested their supplements enough to provide an update.
Initially after having a good chat with the owner of the company Rupert Bonington and being impressed with the philosophy of the company not to mention their association with Walking with the Wounded, a charity close to my heart as only Perthes Disease prevented me passing the medical test for the Marines! An opportunity arose for us to work together and as I was about to start a hard block of training it would be a perfect opportunity to test the products properly. The below is an outline of an 85 mile training week. Continue reading →
Mountain Fuel is a total Sports Nutrition system designed to provide the body with the nutrition and energy to cope with any type of intense physical activity. There is no need to buy extra gels, electrolytes or protein as Mountain Fuel provides both sustained energy and recovery whilst providing the vitamins, amino acids and minerals your body needs to perform at its best; meaning you save money as well as taking the guesswork out of your fueling needs. You may of course pick any element of the system to be used individually as you choose.Continue reading →
Our ‘Morning Fuel Power Pancakes’ are the perfect start to the day or a must have ‘on the go’ snack for any event as they are easy on the stomach, quick to absorb and packed full of all the essentials to help you perform.
Serves one for breakfast or you can make around 20 mini power pancakes
Mini Power Pancakes
For an on the go bite sized snack “Mini Power Pancakes” are perfect during activities. Simply add 1 soft fig and a tablespoon of chopped dates to the pancake mix. Gently fry a heaped teaspoonful of mixture in the coconut oil to make this delicious bite sized pancake. Remove from heat and leave to cool and then bag up six at a time in sealable bags. Continue reading →
Sports nutrition is pretty straight forward, put simply ‘don’t believe the hype!’
Research papers are often funded by nutrition supplement companies and diets sell books so what do you do? Well, we believe that depending on your sporting level, aspirations or your attitude to life simply enjoy and eat a mix of well balanced food first and top this up where necessary with supplementation.
‘Food first, supplementation second‘ – get your training and fuelling strategy right and you should not need to a) spend a fortune on supplements or b) guzzle supplements that may not actually be really helping your performance or health and well being.
Over the coming weeks we are redeveloping our website as yes, we agree the current one is pretty basic and lacks content. During this time and as a continuous process we will share our ideas and views on fuelling for lots of different types of disciplines – all of which will have been tried and tested by our athletes or users. However please remember we are all unique and what works for one person may not work for another so try and tweak ideas to suit yourself. But most importantly ‘don’t believe the hype!’