Ultra Running Tips with Jon Albon – Clothing and Nutrition | Sigma Sports

Ultra Running Tips with Jon Albon - Clothing and Nutrition | Sigma Sports

I'm John Albin I'm an ultra runner obstacle course racer and skyrunner today we're going to talk about clothing and equipment for an auto race so John talk as' and well maybe we'll just have a quick look at laughing um you could take on a normal race day with you and talk us through some of the detail of why you choose different types of nutrition and things like that would be really really great yeah where to start I think when I raise I know try and be really minimalist just take exactly what I need say normally it means looking at the kit list and obviously taking that because that's the mandatory gear you need normally on a race it's a need maybe a silver foil blanket or a survival movie bag so one of those two is normally necessary mobile phone but I think this is one of the smallest you can buy so yeah save Graham's wherever you can so that's so really cool there are only 25 pounds or something like that sorry just having one just for races is great even if it's not on the kit list having a phone is always a good idea with emergency numbers already plugged in and then you need something to carry this stuff so Salomon's hydration rest is still my favorite I think I currently have been trying some others but suliman's is best and I'd like to go with the flexi bottles because there's so much easier to refill or swap out or deal with rather than having a bladder head torch it's like a big toss up with head torches between weight and if you're actually gonna be using it you want something you can see well with so I mean I just use that the weekend I think that's one of the lightest ones you could use where you're actually going to be able to see what you're doing when you're rolling along it's 200 lumens but for anything more than 45 minutes I think I'd want to better get a head torch than that heart rate monitor because I always pace through heart rate and keep a check on my heart rate and then it's something I always have whenever I do any sorts of training jacket is one of the most important things because it's it's something you just want to have so if the temperature drops you can put it on really quickly whatever happens I can just grab out put the jacket on over the top of the hydration best and I've seen people stopping and trying to take their vest off put the jacket on the investment you know then the Sun comes out and then reversing takes a lot of time and this way it keeps everything in your bag dry as well so jacket as the Gortex shape dry I don't even I think that's actually lighter than most wind proof jackets and that is like the worst waterproof jacket I think I know so that one's been great in races over the last couple years and it's so good to have a lightweight jacket actually what actually keeps you water it actually keeps you dry and warm because you can buy maybe a jacket that's like 1 or 2 grams lighter but it's it's about as good as tissue paper gloves is maybe if they're on the Kipnis definitely but then normally I wouldn't bother because I've got the routes instead but good pair of gloves is always kind of useful you never really know what the way that's gonna meet like and maybe a hat normally I don't but it's always good keep the Sun off your face off the back ear neck I think the Sun can be read detrimental when it's beating Gallery even if you don't feel that hot the Sun still working away at you to dehydrate to things I wouldn't be taking with me but I'd use before the race is probably good sports tapes maybe strapping your ankles covering your nipples things like that and some Lube or body glide just – you can put them bits that you know we're gonna rub in weeks training before the events you're gonna find out where rubs and where doesn't so you can put that on those spots nutrition-wise the first thing I normally take for an extra long race is the Moto G mini instant because I have troubles with my belly I don't really want to have to go to the toilet during the race so I've not found it detrimental to performance and I've heard if you take two for diarrhea and one if you don't just want to go to the toilet so normally as a safety measure I'll take one of those or at least have one in my bag with me and then food that for for shorter races gels work really well especially the more liquid ones in these longer races you don't really want to carry all that water with you in the gels so some of the thicker gels much like the ones from cliff could work really well you definitely want to test this sort of thing in the before the race just say you know what works and what doesn't then the shop blocks are really good especially in what jelly type sweets in longer races because they're you're actually eating something so psychologically kind of get a bit of a boost from that and then bars really good to help settle your stomach just put something in there so there's not this kind of gel rattling around in your stomach but in a longer race you probably can we want to eat food as well so normal food things like crisps sausage rolls mazi whatever you can stomach and you've got a test this before the race but you want to get food in you and know that it's going in before your even time I've normally got an alarm one I just look at my watch and maybe every 30 minutes or every 45 minutes make sure some sort of energy goes in and then just make sure I'm drinking pretty much all the time just to first and then just on on liquids and stuff like that so with do you would you touched on kind of the preferring the kind of front wearing soft bottles and flasks rather than the the reservoirs that sit on the back and what what other kind of benefits is it is it easier at rest stops is it support crew that will find that easier and I think it's so much easier for you to manage just from drinking and just from feeling how much liquid you've got left and it imagining you come up to a stream you want to be able to fill your bottles with the help straightaway fill it up whereas a Camelback it's it's it's like this bladder on your back it's like there you don't really know how much liquid is in it it's difficult to get out and it's just a lot more hassle so I'd like to have at least two five hundred mil bottles had them on the front have them accessible with the time and really be able to feel them coming to an aid station you can just throw them your support crew get them out get them refilled the the mouths on the bottles are wider now see it's easy to put powders in them it's just it's just a lot of more of a handy solution I think rather than having a bladder on the back so John obviously clothings a really key part on a long endurance events like 100k and staying comfortable in all areas obviously and John just talked us through a little bit about that kind of preferred clothing that you would use and different types of jackets and stuff that you could take out on a on a race day yeah I mean my ethos when it comes to clothing is to be as minimalist as possible but it really performs this function so Gore is perfect for that because they're just they're really function based and they don't add bells and whistles that aren't necessary because that's not not my style and also it's got be comfortable so no no rubbing here and there so just make sure it works and it's not going to impede you because the end of their you're the engine you're the you're the thing that's going to be moving and what you want on you you don't really want to make it any more difficult so jackets first because that's probably one of most important bits you're gonna get you're gonna have if the way that does change you want to have the right jacket to put on to suit your conditions because you don't want to be hot and sweaty underneath but you want to be protected from the elements so if it's really really bad weather I'd go for something like this which is one of those are seven jackets and it's really waterproof so like 28,000 millimeters whatever waterproofness say I mean it fits really nicely it's really waterproof protects from the wind and also breathe really well as well so even if you're kind of getting hot underneath you still feel that you get some breathability because I think the gore-tex membranes on the outside now water just runs off all the time it doesn't soak into the material at all and it keeps you light up and that also means you can if the material breathes better so a lighter but still really waterproof jacket is what I'd normally take on races I think because I'm unsure as to whether but I can get away with using a slightly lighter jacket but then my favorite jacket for training especially is this the infinium jacket because they've got a combination of different materials within it so they've got a breathable mesh on the back so you breathe a lot specially out your back or if you were a rucksack it forms around the rucksack so it's a lot more comfortable and under the armpits as well it still got taped seams so it still keeps you really protected they say it's wind proof that in my it's more waterproof than many other waterproof jackets on the market so that's a real favorite and then everything else I use I just want it to be just like I'm wearing it by I'm not wearing it kind of so pair of shorts are seven shorts there they got up there with a high band actually which is nice it makes their shorts sit quite nicely on the hips and they've got a few little pockets there so you can put some emerging mints of nutrition in there it's not either go for one of those two they're both just slightly different versions really handy bit of kit normally I wear around my wrist you can put it on your head keep the Sun off the back of your neck make it wet and cool yourself down use your hands if you can be going up snow really useful hotter conditions a vest colder conditions gloves having some socks these are actually really important to test you don't really think too much about socks but they can make a massive difference almost as much as this shoe itself that you're going to be wearing a nice warming hat to keep the wind off your head as well if you're going have a windproof one that it can be quite good but one that still breathes and maybe a cap just keep the Sun out your eyes

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4 thoughts on “Ultra Running Tips with Jon Albon – Clothing and Nutrition | Sigma Sports

  1. Interesting vid but I just don’t get ultra-running. I do the Nove Colli gran fondo each year and towards the end of the full ride (200km with 3850m climbing) you come across the ultra “runners” who started at midnight the day before and still have around a marathon to do to get to the finish. They look as they they are about to keel over and die in a ditch as they hobble along. Absolutely nuts. Each to their own I guess!!

  2. I'm really loving this Ultra Running series! Some of the tips and gear choices are spot on. Thanks for sharing this!!

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