How can I avoid slowing in ultras?

It can be demoralising as towards the end of a race those tired legs just refuse to keep up with the gang. Here are the pros' top tips:

  • Javed Bhatti discovered mid-ultra fartlek sessions: “Challenge a fellow competitor to 2min at a 5k pace – your muscles and mind will soon be reinvigorated,” he suggests.

  • “Make sure you’ve got your pre and during nutrition nailed,” says Jayson Cavill, “and eat little and often.”

  • “Stick to your race plan,” is Debbie Martin-Constani’s advice, “and don’t get pulled along too fast at the start.”

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