How to run an Ultra marathon Part 8 – get the right equipment

My last long distance run was two months ago (about 20 miles) and I carried all my gear in a lightweight rucsac which has served me well over the years for day walls and long bike rides. However, when running this translates to a lot of momentum on your back throwing you left and right…

How to run an ultra marathon Part 7 – get a buddy

Running long distance is a great chance to reflect and think; the Zen like peace that can be achieved is a good feeling. But, as those miles creep up, especially in training you need support. Logistically apart from anything else. It also helps with motivation. I’ve done no long runs for two months so it’s…

What’s the difference between an NHS physio and a private physio

This could be an article, broad in scope; chlorinated chicken, Virgin suing the NHS, Grenfell, to name only a few of my current bugbears – but I’ll keep it limited to private physiotherapy practice. This is the first in a series of articles looking at the bigger picture Fundamentally, we’re all the same. A room,…

Chiropractic and osteopathy – how do they work?

It’s fair to say I’ve been doing some research recently into practices that I use. Chiro and osteo have crept into my bag of tricks and I like using them and people like receiving them but if any of my patients feel this is all they are getting then feel free to ‘out’ me in…

Butter nonsense: the rise of the cholesterol deniers

This is a well considered piece but not an opinion piece nor does it link to the science so by the end it’s not clear which is right. I’ve got a history of high cholesterol and one year ago I set out to reduce my LDLs from 7.8 – a dangerous level. My doctor strongly…

How to run an ultra marathon – Part 6: Do less of some things

The obvious thing here is diet. Have you changed yours? Not just on training days but generally. Think of the body not as muscles and joints but as systems, all working to keep you moving; the muscles produce a lot of toxins which need to be taken away by the circulatory and lymphatic systems to…