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Smile, because even getting to the start line is an achievement

Standing on the start line of any race is special. As at that precise moment you are the culmination of all of the past hours of hard training, dedication and sacrifice you have made to your sport. Yet, you also have the future just within your reach, the moment where your past is put to the test against yourself, your fellow competitors and the elements. The buzz is electrifying and I defy any competitor not to be drawn into the excitement of the opportunity a start line brings. And yet certain start lines just mean that little bit more for all sorts of personal reasons, and for me the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc is one of those.

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Smile, because even getting to the start line is an achievement

Standing on the start line of any race is special. As at that precise moment you are the culmination of all of the past hours of hard training, dedication and sacrifice you have made to your sport. Yet, you also have the future just within your reach, the moment where your past is put to the test against yourself, your fellow competitors and the elements. The buzz is electrifying and I defy any competitor not to be drawn into the excitement of the opportunity a start line brings. And yet certain start lines just mean that little bit more for all sorts of personal reasons, and for me the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc is one of those.

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NUTRITION TIPS: MAXIMISING YOUR ATHLETIC POTENTIAL THROUGH POST-EXERCISE NUTRITION

Preparing for an endurance event takes time and dedication. Hours of sweat each day can be a staple of any training programme, with double and back-to-back sessions common to many protocols. To be able to fulfil these high physical demands, an ideal recovery is essential. 

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NUTRITION TIPS: MAXIMISING YOUR ATHLETIC POTENTIAL THROUGH POST-EXERCISE NUTRITION

Preparing for an endurance event takes time and dedication. Hours of sweat each day can be a staple of any training programme, with double and back-to-back sessions common to many protocols. To be able to fulfil these high physical demands, an ideal recovery is essential. 

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AUGUST RECIPE: COCONUT AND DATE RECOVERY BALLS

These coconut and date recovery rice balls are simply the perfect immediate post exercise snack to do just that, as they contain rice and date, both simple and fast releasing carbohydrates and sea salt ideal to replace lost electrolytes.

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AUGUST RECIPE: COCONUT AND DATE RECOVERY BALLS

These coconut and date recovery rice balls are simply the perfect immediate post exercise snack to do just that, as they contain rice and date, both simple and fast releasing carbohydrates and sea salt ideal to replace lost electrolytes.

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EXPERT TIPS: BREEZING THE CLIMBS

Any runner knows how the mind can distort a climb; a small hill can grow into Ben Nevis while Ben Nevis can warp into Everest. Standing at the bottom of any climb, looking up at the ascent ahead, can be daunting. However, it does not need to be. In the second of this two-part series on conquering the mountains, Charlie Sproson, founder of Mountain Run, gives us his top tips for mastering the climbs. 

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EXPERT TIPS: BREEZING THE CLIMBS

Any runner knows how the mind can distort a climb; a small hill can grow into Ben Nevis while Ben Nevis can warp into Everest. Standing at the bottom of any climb, looking up at the ascent ahead, can be daunting. However, it does not need to be. In the second of this two-part series on conquering the mountains, Charlie Sproson, founder of Mountain Run, gives us his top tips for mastering the climbs. 

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JULY RECIPE: POACHED CHICKEN AND EARLY SUMMER GREENS SALAD

When the weather is as glorious as it has been this summer it is nice to eat something that feels fresh and light. We always eat as much local peas and asparagus as possible during this season, and this uses the best British early summer vegetables for a delicious, fresh, nutritious salad.

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JULY RECIPE: POACHED CHICKEN AND EARLY SUMMER GREENS SALAD

When the weather is as glorious as it has been this summer it is nice to eat something that feels fresh and light. We always eat as much local peas and asparagus as possible during this season, and this uses the best British early summer vegetables for a delicious, fresh, nutritious salad.

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