In this extensive Runner’s Tribe series the world’s best ultra and trail runners share their training. Every few days we will be posting a new athletes’ weekly program during a peak training period. Next up we have record-breaking ultramarathoner who’s represented Great Britain, Damian Hall.

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RT: 10 weeks out from a major race.  Can you please provide an outline of a typical week of training?
Mon: 10 miles +4x30sec hill strides +30mins strength work
Tue: 3 miles easy, 15 min mod/hard, 5 min easy, 5/4/3/2/1 min fast with 2 min easy recovery, 3 miles easy
Wed: 10 miles easy +30mins strength work
Thu: 4-6 miles easy
Fri: 16 hilly miles easy, but with strong downs +30mins strength work
Sat: 12 hilly miles easy +4x30sec hill strides
Sun: Rest (easy 1-3hr walk with family)

 

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What shoes and other gear are you using currently in training?
The inov-8 TERRAULTRA G 270 was ace for me last year. With graphene grip but great comfort and improved cushioning, it’s designed for harder trails but was excellent on the Pennine Way too. I’ve been looking into more ethical nosh and Outdoor Provisions are doing great things with their vegan bars and nut butters, all in compostable wrappers. Look out for Supernatural Fuel, too, who are bringing some exciting things out.

Damian’s book ‘In It For The Long Run’ is out in May: https://tinyurl.com/IIFTLRbook

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