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Guy´s Post-Trans Gaspesia Flow And How To Be Unstoppable

A few days ago I contacted Guy to see how he had been after his first super successful multi-day ultra marathon, the Trans Gaspesia. Knowing myself how uplifting a race finish can be creating serious flow and often overlooking symptoms of tiredness I somewhat guessed that he wouldn´t sit still for long. And this is what he wrote back:

The feedback after the race was insane, I was in the newspaper (full page) before and after the race, and my company, which is Canada wide, wants to put me in their national newsletter for this fall.

I did not stop since Trans Gaspesia – didn´t I say 😉. Two weeks after I did a 50k ultra for Ray Zahab’s I2P foundation here in Ottawa and finished 4th, today I did a 18K trail race and also finished 4th overall. This is my third  4th place finish in a row, one day I’ll get on the podium – oh yes, you certainly will!

I have a lot more planned until the new year.  In two weeks it’s the Spartan Race World Championship Beast in Vermont (25K of ski hills and obstacles), then on October 12th I have my first ever 50mile ultra in Bromont Quebec.  A week after I have a 50K trail here in Ottawa. To finish the year off I have the Reggae Marathon in Negril Jamaica on December 6th. Just trying to fit my on-call schedule into that. 

After my feet problems at Trans Gaspesia I tried several kinds of trail shoes and finally found the perfect pair. It’s exactly the same fit as my Inov-8 Trailrocs but way more cushioned and support in the midfoot.

Luckily I do not have any more blister problems since running in the Nike Zoom Terra Kigers. I did my last 2 races in them.

Thinking back to my training for the multi stage race I think it was perfect, no complaints at all. The only problem is that I should have done a bit more homework before the race. What I mean by that is mostly the preparation (backpack, gear,  weight etc….) and how to manage my feet since I got all those blister problems and couldn’t run even close to my capacity.

This is Guy´s amazing story.

Part of why he´s able to race so shortly after Trans Gaspesia is that he´s strong-willed by nature and knows how to use his mental strategies to his advantage.

He was already pretty fit starting the specific training for Trans Gaspesia. He didn´t start from scratch as a runner but found a much greater benefit in using a training plan tailored to his daily schedule and fine-tuning his training. This also gave him a lot of confidence and reassured him of his natural talents and abilities.

How enthusiastic are you about racing a few ultras in a row and using your fitness from a previous race for the next one? What is your ultimate tip for recovering fast?

Share your thoughts and ideas and write a comment right below. I look forward to hear from you.

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From Ironman To Ultra Marathon Runner – What You Can Take Away from Mary Nathan´s Quest

What is considered ´average´or ´normal´ is left to one´s own perception. Ultra marathon running ain´t exactly the path that the mainstream walks on but when you truly desire something then it´s never too late to go and pursue your dreams.

What every one else thinks around you becomes irrelevant. This has been true for Mary Nathan whom I had the honour to coach and help her achieve her goal – to finish an ultra marathon at the age of 70!!

Do you sometimes find yourself wanting to do a particular race and then decide to put off the idea?

But deep inside you are driven, keen and ambitious striving towards what you originally set out to do. Then life gets in your way. Job, partner, family, and the rest…

That´s what this podcast is all about. Mary and I openly talk about what sparked her about running, her background, training secrets and why she´s never getting tired to explore, optimize and improve herself.

Mary started running in her 50´s and shortly after ran her first marathon. And why not go further and take up triathlon qualifying for the World Championships in Hawaii becoming super successful in her age group!

 

Now I´d love to hear from you.

What´s the most important follow-through insight you´re taking away today? Or, if you’ve struggled with this issue, what’s the single biggest strategy that’s helped you learn to start pursuing your goal and dealing with outside distractions?

Let me know in the comments below and add as much of your story as you like.

 

 

 

 

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Race Report Trans Gaspesia

Guy´s race report is ready. It sums up the essence of an extraordinary challenging race and the courage it takes to dig really, really deep.

Again, Guy´s attitude is what impressed me so much. I often hear people bragging about their training efforts  like world champions but neglecting to work intensely on visualization and building mental willpower.  The key to successfully finish this beauty of a bone-braking and mind-shattering race was for Guy to work on all aspects. And did he work hard!

Part of his preparation were some Spartan races which served him well. To see the transformation from being a determined runner to a super-confident ultra marathon runner aware of his capabilities and using them to his best advantage turns him into an inspiring achiever.

See his report here: Trans Gaspesia Race Report

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Trans Gaspesia 2014 – The Survival Of The Toughest And How Guy Doiron Did It

Still feeling thrilled about Guy´s outstanding and amazing performance at Trans Gaspesia in Canada awarded with winning his age group (35-39).

I am left with not much to say except to take my hat off to this super ambitious, driven and passionate ultra runner whose sheer willpower helped him finish a race that is known as ONE OF the toughest multi-stage ultra marathon on the planet. Needless to say, only 13 out of 20 runners actually made it.

When Guy first approached me about being his coach for three months and after I had taken a look at his running background I knew this was going to be challenging. Guy has an amazing attitude towards life and always finds an opportunity in something that other people would take as a setback.

Even some niggles and minor injuries would not hold him back in his pursuit to make it to the start and finish no matter what. We adjusted his training plan in a way that would support his strengths and divert to cross training for a week.

A strong-willed ultra runner by nature he developed the skills that would make him even stronger. Never once tired ( except during the taper phase!) or drained Guy managed the training loads in an unbelievably strong manner given that he´s also a full-time employee.

It goes to show again that ambitious ultra marathon running is possible - on a high level and higher! Real people with real lives.

This was just the beginning of Guy´s newly-born passion for multi-stage races. His race report will follow...

What was your toughest ultra marathon ever? What obstacles did you have to face during your training? Join the conversation and leave a comment...I´d love to hear from you...

 

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Tweet, tweet – Follow Me Now

I´m super excited about sharing some insightful news with you via twitter. I find that twitter best suits my intention to reach out to you in a more direct way.

Since you´re an ambitious ultra runner leading a busy life and wanting to be in-the-know of all important things considered ultra marathon running this is the way to go and inspire you.

I´ll be feeding you messages that are value-added to you.  And that always relate to ultra running.

There will be tweets about my current training, tips, recommendations for equipment like trail shoes or some new foods I´ve tried that make it on the list of must-haves for your next race or…I´ll tweet about inspiring people, books or daily life (basically anything that will lighten and brighten your day giving you momentum).

Simply start following me now by clicking on the small twitter icon or the latest tweets.

MsUltrarunner goes twitter…

What do you think about twitter and what would like to see as a follower? Leave a comment and join the conversation…

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The Power Of Running Early In The Morning

It´s often true in ultra marathon training that the early bird catches the wurm. Still, it can be a real struggle to lift yourself out of bed before 6 am and head out for a training run first thing. But it pays off…  

I´d love to hear from you in which ways you motivate yourself for an early morning run if sometimes there is no other way than gettin´it done. Leave me a comment after watching the video.

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How To Build Speed And Stay In The Aerobic Zone

There are two sides to every story and this is often true in ultra marathon training. But in which way is it actually possible to do speed training AND stay in the aerobic zone at the same time…

 

 

Please share your comment after watching the video and tell me about your speed training and how often you stretch beyond so that you´re nearly crawling on all fours. I look forward to hear from you…

 

 

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What And When To Eat Before Running

Do you often ask yourself what you should eat before you head out for a run? And are not 100% sure which amounts are ideal to consume before training AND also coming to grips with the timing?

Trust me, you´re not alone…and it ain´t rocket science.

 

 

Please leave me a comment…tell me about your experience with getting your nutrition right before training or you #1 food or drink that work a treat for you…I look forward to hear from you.