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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...


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    During the tube runs, I found that rest was one of the most critical factors in affecting performance. In the week before each run, I stuck to swimming to give my joints a rest (although I carried on cycling to and from work) and tried hard to get plenty of sleep. This was far more important than what I ate or drank the night before (which was generally low fat and carb-heavy, but the occasional glass of wine or two sneaked in under the radar).

    Keeping moving following an event also seems to help me recover more quickly, and again swimming is always a good choice as it gives your joints some precious rest.

    On a practical note – don’t ignore your socks when thinking about gear – you can get some great anti-blister ones that are generally double-lined and they make a huge difference to my comfort.

    I also ate loads in the days after each run, as I believe you should listen to your body and this is what it wanted!

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    Cheers Tim. Good sensible advice. 102 miles coming up in May. Can’t bloody wait! :-)

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    Tim Moss

    Thanks Ed (the man who just spent two and a half years walking the Amazon river and has decided a 100 mile run would be a good follow-up – edstafford.org)

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    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the advice, most useful, especially regarding snacking and rehydrating.

    Great tip about throwing in some warm-ups and varying your movement along the way. I’ve only ever run one ultra before and managed to knacker my IT band, the repetitious movement after 40miles was too much for it!

    I am keen to get back into the shuffle of things upon my return to Londinium.

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    Great advice! I’m just training for my first half marathon so I’m not at the ultra-marathon stage yet but it’s something that definitely interests me for the future.

    I agree that the warmups along the way are a great idea. I find it very helpful even with my shorter runs. To replace my minerals I use something called Concentrace. You just need to add a few drops so it lasts quite awhile and seems to work good.

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      Tim Moss

      Thanks Tom. Good luck with the half marathon!

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    Adventure HQ

    Good advice, too much informative for marathon who is beginner


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