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The Spine

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 11:13

Good Plan!

The Spine

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 21:59

 I use Speedcross for shorter events but as I am heavy footed I find they don,t have enough Cushioning for the Spine. Hence my use of XT Wings. The soles of your feet are going to take a real pounding. Any feel the ground fell type shoe will probably be to thin. 

 Using two pairs of insoles and two pairs of sox helps. 

Whatever you choose they must be a shoe that never gives you blisters. This should be your highest priority. The grip on the sole is also a consideration . If you use Solomons then go for ones with" Contragrip" soles. I found this type great on wet slabs , ice , mud and stones.

Avoid any shoes designed by race winners which are even  lighter than last years model. You want a Ford Focus on your feet not a Ferrari!


The Spine

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 11:30

Part 9 of The Spine Race Guide.


Re leg cover . Go for several layers rather than a garment that claims to do everything. The same applies to sleeping systems.

And yes you should consider poles as  must have kit.

lakeland 100/50 2014

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:14

24 C forecast has just made it harder!

lakeland 100/50 2014

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 22:04

Not seen any mention of this for a while.

I am in for the L100 (finished it in 2009 and wonder if I can still hack the pace)

Training so far pathetic as usual. I really should do a 20 miler soon . 

Who else out there is in it?

The Spine

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 20:46

Two potential problems with Hokas: They are wide and can twist your feet on frozen churned up mud. Secondly how well do they grip on ice?

 Somehow I doubt we will get the same conditions as in 2014 where soft bog was good for Hokas. 

 Anyone just reading the 2014 blogs will have got only one version of the race. Compared with 2013 ,2014 was tropical ! It never got cold or really windy

. To some extent you need to save your final Kit choices until the last moment. I suspect that some of the 2014 Challanger finishers could be in for a shock if we get snow and ice like the first two years.

 If you do go for Hokas then put a pair of conventional shoes in your drop bag.


The Spine

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 22:59

Been back reading the forum. Re packs: you probably need about 30l + front pouch.

I used the OMM 32l for years but its a bit to long in the back and so rubs the top of my lower back after about 20 hrs. The raidlight Runner 30l has a pad system that prevents chaffing of your back. Used it in 2013 and 2014 with no sore spots at all. The main down side is that it is built so light that it wears out. The waist belt was held together with cable ties when I finished. ( It had done several MM,s and other ultras.)

The Spine

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 22:45

Bogs are not avoidable. You just have to get to like them.

As far as sleeping systems are concerned you need to think layering. Go for a serious bag liner and a fairly good bag rather than a super expensive bag . Don,t ignore the mat . The Thermorest Neoair mats are great as they pack so small. Roll mats are a pain in the ass is you get jammed in the small wall gates and they are more difficult to keep dry.

Transvulcania 2014

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 10:39

Just been talking to Mark B . Sounds like if you don,t have trouble with your knees before the race you will by the end! 

Winter 100

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 21:54

Love the idea of a winter 100 but the thought of all the flat ground and well signed course have forced me to bow out this year .

 However I appear to have put in an application to enter the 'Piece Of String "run. The thought of no end in sight and having to use my Compass at times really excites me.

Have I lost it or is this the future?

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