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GRAND PLANS

BRAVING SWELTERING HEAT, OPPRESSIVE TERRAIN AND 170 HARD, LONELY MILES, ADAM SEBBA REPORTS FROM NORTH AMERICA‘S GRAND TO GRAND ULTRA

GRAND TO GRAND ULTRA

Thankfully, the runners knew exactly what direction to set off in

Darkness falls in the Utah desert; headlamps on. During an ultra, there are always highs and lows, but at the 60K mark I feel amazing. I run into the checkpoint almost dancing and am greeted by the sight of runners sitting around a campfire – tending to bare, blistered feet, many looking beaten already.

Halfway through day one we hit a rare road. It’s 1am and the world is empty, except a lone pick-up truck. It slows down to size us up. We wonder out loud what would be a more unpleasant ordeal: completing the end of this stage or being kidnapped by a redneck gang. I hum the theme tune to the film Deliverance and my buddy Aaron and I jog on, laughing, nervously, keeping each other’s spirits up. We continue over sand dunes, some so steep we’re reduced to hands and knees. I laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of crawling a double marathon; the coyotes howl a reply.

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Find your form with the January issue of Men’s Running. Much of our sport’s appeal is in its simplicity: stick on a pair of trainers and you’re good to go. If you’re serious about improving, however, it pays to tweak your technique. This issue is all about helping you do just that: from efficiency-improving tips from a world-renowned running specialist, to a firsthand look at a revolutionary new form of gait analysis. We’ve also got exclusive reviews of the latest stability shoe and top-to-toe kit suggestions for winter running, as well as the usual training advice, race reports, and nutrition know-how to help you run stronger than ever.