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PACK IT IN

Behind every great trail run is a well-stocked rucksack. Of course, comfort and capacity need to be considered, but just as key is what you put it in it. Don’t worry though; Matt Maynard’s got your back

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Do you remember that scene from Rambo, the one where he stops running through the jungle, begins searching through his rucksack then takes selfies during an extended break? No, of course you don’t. That’s not how Rambo rolled.

While trail running isn’t much like fighting in Hollywood Vietnam, the similar need for easily accessible kit, uninterrupted movement and obligatory use of headbands shouldn’t be underplayed. With a nod to military efficiency and time-saving techniques, this month we’re taking a look at rucksacks: from sizing, to packing, to nutrition. And if you still insist on keeping that phone handy, we’ll tell you how to stash that like a pro too.

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Motivational mantras, preferably overlaid onto a picture of a runner in a dramatic landscape, are ubiquitous on social media. That isn’t to say they don’t have their uses: I have a couple of things I mutter to myself when the going gets tough although they’re unsuitable for publication unfortunately. I don’t believe the no one-size-fits-all mantras work because every runner is unique and has their own motivations. This variety is reflected in the sheer breadth of organised events available to runners right now. Which is why we’ve curated a list of 100 race (page 57) from both the UK and abroad, that we feel represents the scope of running for the remainder of 2017. From 10Ks to ultras, from road to trail, there’s something here for the beginner, veteran or just anyone who wants to simply try something new. Speaking of races The Marathon des Sables has been given the sobriquet of ‘toughest race on the planet’ so we felt duty bound to find out for ourselves if this claim is true. Our runner’s report (page 34) tells us that while ability is obviously essential, being able to get along with and support your fellow runners is the most important attribute required. Of course not every run has to be a race and there’s still satisfaction to be found in creating your own running adventures (page 21) or building goals from the reams of data floating around out there (page 42). Again it’s down to what individual runners want from their sport. All running together but with different destinations.
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