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RUNNING



Photos credit to Lorenzo Belfrond
How would you like to run for 330 km? You probably wouldn’t, no sensible person would. Would you like to do 24,000 meters of ascent and decent? No definitely not, you would have to be out of your mind, right. The Tor de Geants is a race, or event, that takes in the 330km and 24,000meters of up and had 380 entrants of all ages, who thought it might be fun. Surprisingly they all seemed fairly normal to me, a bit passionate perhaps, very fit and eager, but no they weren’t out of their minds. Don’t get me or them wrong, none of them thought it would be easy, and they certainly knew it would hurt more than a little. So why did they...SEE MORE...


Running, and carrying gear. Stevie  Haston


There are three ways of running, and carrying a bit of kit and food. Only one really allows...SEE MORE...

Steaming up hill
I am a selfish man, but I believe in community. I am a lazy man but believe in accomplishment, so like alotta folk I swing both ways. So the other week I had blisters and thought it stupid to make them worse by running a 100km mountain race, so I decided to be good by being at a refreshment station on the 55km race, and thus accruing some ‘Brownee points’ with that fictitious God that still lives in the back of my mind. Anyway there was a slight motive, as if I run in the race I wouldn’t see it as such, as I would be well down in the pack. By officiating I would see the good...SEE MORE....










The man and the slope by Stevie slippery slope Haston.

Man this week I’ve really regretted taking up running again. Why? Well it’s hard that’s why. Snowboarding in powder, I just turn my head, accept some fear and my body turns, and fast, fast enough to create an interesting cocktail of chemicals in my body. Climbing is the same, I was born to climb, and I’ve created routes that are works of art,..SEE MORE...






10 of the best Long runs, by Stevie Slow Haston.


Tor des Géants, (c)Lorenzo Belfrond

Got alotta letters asking about great runs, and rather than keep wasting my time replying, and changing my opinion, I thought I’d set it in stone. There are many great runs, but there is only one that rules them, but more of that later. First this planet of ours is still incredible in its beauty and diversity, so we should as citizens of the world, take notice, take part, and do our best to keep at least. some corners of it immaculate, as mountain runners I hope we do that, and don’t drop those little energy wrappers around like I’ave been seeing lately.
It didn’t all start in Britain it started everywhere, but the...SEE MORE...






La Sportiva running shoes which one? By Stevie Haston.


Telling people what to wear in running shoes is a bit off; in my opinion, but then again people do need a bit of help deciding. I work for Sportive but this doesn’t affect my choice of shoe, so please think about what I say. There is a lotta talk about bare foot running and minimalist shoes, and most, if not all is written by people who sit down for a living, and run about 30 miles of pavement a week. If you run on rocks you need to protect your feet, if you run on prickly shrubs you need to protect your feet, if you run down hill you need to protect your feet, if you are a clumsy runner or a heavy one. If you run on slippery surfaces, snow, mud or grass you should seriously think of traction and there is nothing like studs. Most peoples trail running normally combines a bit...SEE MORE.....



TDG race starts today by Stevie non starting Haston

The Tor des Géants  race start today! This great mountain race around the valley of Aosta kicks off today and I wish the runners organisers volunteers and sponsors a great time. I personally know this race very well having done the first and a hundred miles of the second, it is one of the most joyous things I have ever done in the...SEE MORE....


BLISTERS BY STEVIE HASTON


Blisters are a bugger, better not to have them. How to not have them can be a trial, but prevention is way better than cure. I am tough but although they haven’t yet made me cry yet, blisters have made me yowl, and yell, and wince and wobble. They have even put me in hospital with serious blood poison once, so are defiantly not a laughing matter.....SEE MORE...









Yiannis Kouros a true mutant by stevie haston.




Tools of the trade
Perhaps the greatest runner this planet has ever seen who is human, but more likely, he is superhuman; his name is Yiannis Kuros. He holds nearly every running record between 100 to a 1000 miles. When he first won the famous race the Spartathlon, the Yanks...SEE MORE....














Running stuff, and other stuff, by Stevie Haston.

I like running, trouble is I like other stuff too. What to do with your time, how to divide time, share it, apportion it, is always a major problem. I try to keep a lot of time for myself, but seem to be running out. And of course the worst is that some activities are counterproductive, they don’t actually help each other or go hand in hand; you know all this. So the other day when I went climbing at a hard venue I couldn’t get my lightest harness on because my legs are too big! Too much pizza, too much running! So what? Well I ...SEE MORE....