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Spring adventure: trail running on Madeira

Spring adventure: trail running on Madeira Madeira may have a sedate reputation but the wild, rugged landscape is the perfect place for hiking and trail-running in the spring sunshine Having found a bench in the hot spring sunshine, I was unwrapping my bolo de caco – an excellent toasted sweet potato sandwich, slathered in garlic butter – when “Michael Jackson” walked past. He was dressed Thriller era, and accompanied by a few pirates and a brass band in orange Afros. The band struck up. Michael strutted. The bystanders on Funchal’s lively Avenida Arriaga cheered. That evening, the fancy dress and frivolity were fully unleashed. It was Madeira Carnival’s main parade – one of the Portuguese island’s biggest celebrations (10…

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Six of the best wild trail runs in the UK

Six of the best wild trail runs in the UK ‘Going for a run’ is exhilarating when forests and mountains are the backdrop. Two trail runners pick six stunning routes for beginners from their new book There’s no doubt that running as a pastime is booming; big city marathons report record numbers of entries – London received over 250,000 applications for its 40,000 places in 2018 – and Parkrun interest has soared, from 13 runners in 2004 to over three million globally today. But the focus has always been parks and pavements, with off-road running dominated by cross-country and fell races. Now, more of us are venturing into fields, forests, moors and mountains in search of a wilder kind…

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Epic sport vacations for athletes

Epic sport vacations for athletes If you’re on the very active end of the physical fitness spectrum, the idea of going on vacation and disrupting your daily routine and training schedule might make you anxious. Rest days are important but taking a full two weeks out can set you back physically and the crash of endorphins can make your mind sluggish. For those who prioritize sport, there is a rise of new vacation options which blend adventure, travel, and keeping fit. Here’s a list of experiences that only athletes will want to sign up for. Keep yourself in shape your favorite way or try something new, all in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. 1. Cycling…

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Marathons around the world

Marathons around the world The marathon was inspired by the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek soldier who raced from Marathon to Athens with news of the Greek victory over an invading army of Persians in 490 B.C. While the modern marathon is still the same 26.2 miles (42K) in distance, most races are held on boring stretches of city pavement — hardly motivating scenery for someone who needs the extra push. Thankfully, though, more and more races are popping up throughout the globe in some of the most picturesque and surreal locations. These outdoor marathons will take you through mountain passes, coastal cliffs, and even deserts. They’re sure to inspire the likes of serious runners and curious explorers to…

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Cross country: trail running the coast-to-coast route

Cross country: trail running the coast-to-coast route The 192-mile route over the Lake District and Pennines is usually plodded by hikers but our writer zips across on a new guided running trip Plus: 5 more running breaks Burning with exertion, I shuffle up the hillside, a sweaty mess. Beside me, the heather is also dripping – with morning drizzle. A fresh, Lakeland breeze envelops me as I climb out of the sheep-speckled valley, mud squelching under my feet. This is trail running in the fells – though right now the word “running” is a misnomer. Happily, Mark Sandamas of Coast To Coast Packhorse (pictured above, with the writer), a company that helps walkers and cyclists, as well as runners,…

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antarctic ice marathon 2017

antarctic ice marathon 2017 Running a marathon, as far as I can tell, is basically impossible. The whole sport only exists because the first guy who did it died from doing it. Yet, for some, a warm 26-mile jaunt across New York City just isn’t brutal enough. So they invented the Antarctic Ice Marathon. While most marathons encourage competitors with massive cheering crowds and local news cameras, there is one that decided to forego the adulation and smog for subzero temperatures and 24 hours of daylight. Enjoy this video of the marathon, which took place over the weekend, and the smiling faces of the crazy people who just ran a deadly event in -13 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow Matador on…

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Tips for runners who travel

Tips for runners who travel RUNNING IS a paradox: a sport based on the freedom of the open road, yet a routine — consistent diet, knowledge of distance traveled, exercising at the same time of day –- is more likely to encourage success. At first glance, it might seem as though running well is at odds with traveling often. With these tricks, you may not have to worry about either. 1. How to stay active on planes, trains, and automobiles Unless you’re flying first class and can lie perfectly horizontal to sleep, almost any form of transportation is going to be a nightmare on your legs. Part of this is unavoidable; if you want to travel across the world…

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Traveling as a runner

Traveling as a runner Have you ever narrowly avoided death by dashing in and out of traffic on a dusty street filled with outdated vehicles, while suffering from altitude sickness, just because you didn’t want your heartrate to slow? If you’re a runner who keeps up his training in other countries, you probably have. Other travelers have enough sense to take an alternative route or use the crosswalk. Whenever I’m asked to describe myself in three words, it’s: writer, runner, wanderer. Running has influenced my travels in more ways than I thought possible, from finishing the Boston Marathon and then dashing over to Japan, to taking on meditation runs in New Zealand, to finding decent places to jog in…

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