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Mountains TO CLIMB

EDITOR ISAAC WILLIAMS PITS HIMSELF AGAINST HEATSTROKE, PERSONAL PRIDE AND ENDLESS INCLINES AT THE ECOTRAIL MADEIRA 40K

ECOTRAIL MADEIRA

© JOÃO M.FARIA
© JOÃO M.FARIA

About a year ago, I watched a documentary on superstar footballer, chiseled athlete and very rich man Cristiano Ronaldo. Using a lot of expensive-looking equipment and dimly-lit rooms, the programme sought to understand how Ronaldo honed the athleticism that has enabled him to rise to the pinnacle of his sport.

If only the producers could have delayed filming for a few years, I could have saved them considerable expense by telling them exactly how Ronaldo developed his physical prowess: he was raised on the island of Madeira, the hilliest place on Earth. (Any questionable claims are to be viewed in light of Isaac running a very hard race.)

SELF-DELUSION

Most of my pre-race prep has involved gawking at the course profile – which I don’t really understand, but for the fact it looks like a seismograph during a particularly aggressive earthquake – and convincing myself that 40K, hills or no hills, really isn’t that far. It is.

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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.
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