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Vert Beats: FKT’s of the week.

FKT’s of the week


We’re back with some of the most epic record’s attempt an FKT of the last couple of days:

-Taking things a step further than already having set the FKT of the Pennine Way a month ago (even though this one lasted very little time as another local runner broke it a few days later) John Kelly is now attempting to do the “The Grand Round” (which are the 3 most iconic routes of the UK) using the bike as his way of transport in between each route. Very cool. You can follow along here.

-Last year, Ryan Sandes created this epic challenge in his local mountains called the ’13 peaks Challenge’…and as you can imagine, it’s about doing all of the summits in his backyard range in one go. He just broke his own record by a few hours this week. Nothing like a good adventure pretty much right at your doorstep. (Want to train for your own mountain adventure like Ryan? Check out his training plan.)

-A few days ago, Dylan Bowman managed to break the FKT of the Wonderland Trail, which has 93 miles and 22,000 feet of vert and goes all around Mt. Rainier in Washington. We’re looking forward to watching some epic footage of this attempt in the next few weeks. (And another shameless plug: if you want to train like Dylan, check out his training plan here.)


What to watch:

We’ve said this more than once here: trail running and ultras are not just about dedicating time to go to for a run in the mountains all the time…having a strong body is also key if you want to do well in the sport and run for a lifetime. We leave you with this very nice video routine for your upper body from Lucy Bartholomew. At the end of the video there is also a great ‘Q+A’ section with some helpful tips.

Watch the routine here.

What to listen to:

Yep, another Kilian Jornet podcast, because why not? The interesting thing about this one is that it is not only about his accomplishments and training related stuff, but also his general way of living. Lots of good topics like why the process is always more fulfilling than the outcome itself, the difference in how he feels when doing a mountain project versus running a race (and the risk involved) and finally how being a parent has changed him….if it has at all? Listen to the podcast to find out.

Listen to the podcast here

During the month of August, we’re challenging everyone (including ourselves) to donate to The National Black Marathoners Association. How? By pledging based on how many miles you run this month! Want in? Just hit “reply” and say, “I want to donate!”


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