Jan 132012
 

One of our current UFT clients, US ultra-runner Jarred Busen, has published an article on Quantity Vs. Quality in training based on some of our advice. Read it on his blog here

http://runhappens.com/quality-vs-quantity/

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Nov 272011
 

An archive article/interview in which William discusses various aspects on ultra-running

www.menshealth.co.uk

The record-breaking ultramarathon runner William Sichel reveals his inspiring achievements
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Nov 202011
 

In part 6 William talks about tackling 2 multi-day races in the same year and why he takes part in so few races.

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Nov 192011
 

William talks about the history of 6-day races and why Monaco has an 8-day race

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Nov 172011
 

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Part 3

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Nov 122011
 

Extra-Load – XL

We advocate the use of Extra Load (XL) exercises as a key aspect of fitness and athletic training.

William running with an XL vest

To put this in a nutshell, if a person’s body becomes acclimatised to training with extra-load then it becomes far easier to perform an exercise or compete in a sport when the load is removed. Our XL programmes are diverse and generally use an XL-pack but may also involve the use of conventional free weights and/or body-weight resistance exercises. Apart from increasing the development of both the strength and endurance of the muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, XL training also has the advantage of dramatically reducing the time one needs to spend in conventional training by increasing the intensity – not the duration – of the workout. Whether you are already a top athlete or just returning to sports training, whether you are trying to get fit while holding down a job or whether you are doing your best to juggle training needs while you look after your family, being able to spend less time training while getting a more intense workout is a real bonus. An extra plus to this method is that reducing the duration of training also allows for greater recovery time between exercise sessions – giving more time for your body to build in improvements and to grow in strength and stamina.

Does this type of training really work?

Multiple World record holding ultra-distance runner William  Sichel considers the use of XL training to be one of the main reasons for his success in ultra-endurance events…

And here’s what some of our clients say :

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Oct 162011
 

From The Sunday Times (online subscription edition)

William Sichel of ULTRAfitnessTraining.com : "Sichel ran 1,000 miles in 13 days, 20 hours, eight minutes and one second (Mark Ferguson)"

William Sichel of ULTRAfitnessTraining.com : "Sichel ran 1,000 miles in 13 days, 20 hours, eight minutes and one second (Mark Ferguson)"


Britain‘s leading male ultra-runner will next month try to break a record that has stood for almost 130 years, writes James Gillespie.

William Sichel goes to Monte Carlo on November 12 to compete in a race that lasts for eight days.

He aims to run, in the first six days, further than the record of 567 miles set in 1882 by George Cameron from Edinburgh. It is a tough task, given that Sichel’s personal best over six days is 532 miles. Sichel, who is 58, will also be looking to set other records during the eight-day event.

A wool dyer from the Orkneys, Sichel is testament to how ultra-runners can go on and on. Last year he set a world record for his age group by completing 1,000 miles in 13 days, 20 hours, eight minutes and one second. It was done on a 1km circuit in Athens and was the first time a British man had completed a 1,000-mile run for 19 years.

Last week he said: “When I started ultra-running I thought ‘My God, the mental side of it must be terrible’. But it’s never been an issue for me. Once the gun goes, your focus comes right down to just what you’re doing. It’s like running with a goldfish bowl on your head.”

However, he attributes the high drop-out rate in events as much to psychological as physical pressure.

In ultra-long distance races, Sichel aims to run for 20 hours in every 24, stopping every four or five hours for about 20 minutes to eat and have a nap. “I’m lucky in being able to nap easily, which means I can keep going longer,” he says. He usually will have one longer break of about 90 minutes for a “normal sleep”.

He began ultra-running 17 years ago after telling a friend he did not feel tired at the end of a marathon. The friend suggested ultra-running.

Now he has a training adviser and a nutritionist, plus unpaid friends who help during races. His dietary secret is coconut oil, which is a saturated fat but absorbed like a carbohydrate. “It has double the energy of carbohydrates and it’s a very good way of taking in calories,” he said.

He regrets the fact that ultra-running gets hardly any recognition in Britain. He points out that such events have a long history: the first 1,000-mile race was held in 1740 and the first 24-hour race in 1807. In those days the leading ultra-runners were the highest paid athletes of their times.

Not any more. “If that was the case today,” said Sichel, “I wouldn’t be standing here dyeing wool, would I?”


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Sep 262011
 

Part 1

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