ULTIMATE UPHILL RUNNING masterclass (training & technique)

by Aug 30, 2018Advice, Beginners, Pikes Peak Marathon, Training, Uphills0 comments

Get faster and more efficient at running uphill with the best training and technique tips from the pro trail runners at the Pikes Peak Marathon 2018 in Colorado.

They should know a thing or three about uphill running as it’s a 13mile run with 2382m ascent to the top of this 4302m summit then back down again!

There’s uphill training and technique advice from ladies’ course record-breaker Megan Kimmel, overall winner Dakota Jones, plus well-known trail champions Emelie Forsberg, Sage Canaday, Max King AND MORE.

Enjoy putting these into practice on your next hilly run, don’t forget to share how you got on in the comments below the film on YouTube (helps me keep track of them better than writing them on here) and finally, subscribe to Wild Ginger Films (it’s FREE!) so you don’t miss out on the next instalment from these pros – their top tips for trail race nutrition.

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Awesome Salomon clobber I was wearing:

It’s thanks to Salomon that I could travel to Pikes Peak Marathon and stay there for the whole weekend, so I’d like to tell you about the kit they gave me to wear for it. I like promoting Salomon gear because I genuinely love a lot of their products and have always found  them to be high-quality and well-designed. Although you can’t see me running in these items in the film above, here’s a photo of me at the summit, and click here for our Pikes Peak recce film where I tested it out good and proper on a nice 13 mile descent from the top of the mountain on the famous Barr Trail.


Thanks to Sergio from Trail Running Spain for this great photo on the summit of Pikes Peak

If you decide to buy any of the gear I’m wearing or reviewing, then please click on my affiliate links below. This means I get a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you (and for Amazon it’s anything you buy, not just the item I directed you to) – so THANK YOU if you do this 🙂

Salomon Adv Skin 12 set running pack XS (really good, will do a full review in due course but very comfy and would recommend apart from…I’ll let you know in my packs film coming soon, keep watching!)
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Salomon Speedcross 4 (I love the 10mm drop of this shoe but the toe box is a little narrow for my wide feet, I have to go up one size, and they rub at the arch after 1hr/6miles. I K-taped my arches for the 13mile Pikes Peak recce film…then back in the UK I discovered my new double layer 1000 Mile Socks eliminate the chafing! Whoooop! Very happy now! See how double layer socks work here youtu.be/3-tRl-YFH2o)
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Salomon XA Visor (the fit felt more stiff compared to my beloved Hoka pink visor with its elastic headstrap, but it stayed on my head admirably even on the windy summit and I soon got used to the change. As usual I had to have it on the tightest setting in the wind, I wish people would make visors and caps for smaller-headed people like my good self. Do you have small head problems too? Hit me up in the comments on YouTube!)
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Salomon Agile Tank (also really like this simple, light, quick-drying vest, quite out there PINK, poss clashes with my hair what do you think? I’m wearing it in the intro to the film above)
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Salomon Trail Runner SS Tee (very nice light tee, dries super quick, I washed it in the hotel room while on the Pikes Peak trip, but slightly constrictive around the shoulder area with less stretchy material than the tees I normally wear, you get used to it though)
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Salomon Elevate FZ Mid Surf the Web (the purpley bluey full zip jumper with good, deep, zipped side pockets, flipping LOVELY to wear. Not windproof. Snuggly warm mid-layer.)
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Salomon Elevate 2 in 1 Short (I didn’t actually wear these as the size M are too small for my ample thighs these days, size 10-12 UK jeans etc, and I can’t wear non-cycling shorts anyway as my thighs chafe together at the top in all shorts of this design. But if you have slim legs & a thigh gap then go for these as they have awesome patterns and look great!)
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Sherpa Sapna Printed Legging (I flippin LOVE the pattern of these but not sure they really do me any favours in my massive top-of-thigh department, but what the hell who cares, they’re for a good cause, check out Sherpa their company is awesome – sustainable, eco, ethical working)
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Top of the Barr Trail, the runners turn around just short of this sign on the Pike Peak Marathon

Camera kit used:
GoPro Hero5
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iPhone 7
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Audio-Technica Omni ATR3350 Lavalier Mic
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GoPro Tripod
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Slik Master large tri-pod
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We don’t have views like this in the UK! The scene from Pikes Peak summit was fantastic

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