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Introducing a holistic approach to ultrarunning


From Ultra Performance Coaching July 17th to 19th, 2009. The Running Inn, Eastbourne with Julia Armstrong Ultra is organising a weekend at the Running Inn, Eastbourne, with the aim of improving your ultrarunning performance by taking a holistic approach to training and performing over distance. The weekend offers a chance to take your training in an exciting new direction in the company of likeminded people, and to ensure that you make the most of your running experience, both on and off the track.

The approach
In the list of leisure activities that can take over and filter into the rest of your life, ultrarunning must come close to the top. Apart from the time taken by the running itself, the physical and emotional demands mean effective ways of managing yourself are essential. At the same time, however, running ultra distances offers a fantastic opportunity to really gain an awareness of yourself, both physically and emotionally – from the need to keep your body balanced to perfection, to the complete spectrum of emotions you experience over all those miles.

Mind and body awareness
Our approach to improving your ultrarunning performance is holistic both in placing emphasis on the impact of your running on your life, and your life on your running; and also in that it focuses on the emotional and mental side of the ultrarunning experience. We believe this is crucial to peak performance in your running, and the act of pushing yourself to extremes over ultra distances offers a unique chance to gain awareness of yourself, you at your most exposed, yet most triumphant – and over the weekend we will be showing you how to make the most out of this for development across all aspects of the rest of your life.

The weekend
Pioneering coach and former international marathon runner Julia Armstrong will lead the weekend, and as well as one-to-one coaching sessions and group discussion with Julia, you will take part in sessions on physiology and psychology with Rob Harley and Jim Wallis (both lecturers at the nearby University of Brighton’s renowned Chelsea School and keen ultrarunners themselves), discussions on kit with an expert from The Tri Store, a shiatsu session, and, of course, lots of running.

The running
As well as interval sessions along Eastbourne’s award-winning seafront, the weekend will culminate in a long run over the stunning setting of the South Downs.

The rest
The price includes accommodation at The Running Inn, a guest house on Eastbourne seafront dedicating to all things running, and including breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and a well-deserved brunch after the long run on Sunday.

Cost for accommodation to include 2 nights with breakfast, lunch Saturday and brunch on Sunday: 160 pounds + VAT. Prices are per person based on two sharing, although larger rooms can accommodate 3 comfortably if you wish to share. Single booking supplement is an extra 50 pounds (includes VAT) for the weekend subject to availability. Payment for accommodation must be made at time of booking.
Evening meals are not included but The Running Inn has good deals with local restaurants and sandwhiches and soft drinks will be provided on Friday evening. The rooms are self-contained with kitchens and snacks, fruit and cereal bars will be provided throughout the day.

Cost of course: 200 pounds + VAT

Closing date for bookings: May 31st 2009

Friday evening:
Welcome – sandwiches and drinks.

7am – Meet for intervals session on seafront
9.30am – Breakfast
10am – Physiology /Nutrition with Rob Harley
11.00am – Coffee
11.30am – Sports Psychology session with Jim Wallis
12.30 pm- Lunch
2.00pm – Talk by Simon from the Tri Store on kit
Afternoon – Time for:
1 hour one-to-one sports psychology session (£50) or;
1 hour physiology/nutrition consultation (£50) or;
30 mins Shiatsu (£15) or;
One-to-one time with Julia or;
Time to walk into town or relax
The choice is yours!
5.30/6pm – Easy run over the Downs

Choice of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 hour run arriving back at 11am
Brunch and informal questions

Please contact us for more details or to book your place.