TORQ were very clever with this one. They had us all guessing for weeks before they announced that their new flavour energy gel is the delicious Raspberry Ripple!
Having been present during the TORQ Trail Team days, it was great to see everyone testing out TORQ’s existing range of energy gels, and the look of delight and surprise on their faces as they tasted them – Like a celebrity on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen after one of the resident chef’s has just rustled up something incredible – “mmmmmmmm, delicious.”
The Raspberry Ripple also features a new, innovative design too. TORQ have reinvented their gel sachets with a clever opening, that only opens to a certain point of the packet, leaving the flap still attached. The concept behind this is to reduce littering that can often be a problem. Clever work!
It’s no secret that at Feetus, we love our TORQ products. This is why we have now stocked up BIG and started selling TORQ gels and bars by the BOX (not to mention as singles too!).
Variety is the Spice of Life
Can’t decide which flavour? Like to mix it up? No problem – We’re also offering all gels and bars in mixed boxes now.
So whether you’re a trail runner or a pavement pounder, a barefoot runner or an ultra-runner – you’re bound to need some TORQ! ‘Fill yer boots’.
Question: How often do you get the chance to meet with a load of like-minded people, attend a presentation by a top ultra trail runner, trial a full range of the best sport nutrition on the market, and then take guided runs through some beautiful Shropshire trails?
Answer: Not very often (unless you’re a pro runner).
Well that’s exactly what Torq (in association with FreeStak) put together for a group of trail runners this weekend.
A Trail Team is (Almost) Born
This was billed originally as an ‘Assessment Day’ to help select a small group of amateur trail runners to form the inaugural Torq Trail Team. Not only would this team proudly represent Torq at events across the country and have a healthy supply for Torq goods at their disposal – but they would also be taken for a training holiday to cover the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) circuit. Not bad eh?
Saturday: Education. Inspiration. Perspiration.
The format of the day was very relaxed. After an hour of socialising, a brief introduction from the charismatic Simon and Julie from FreeStak, we received a fantastic presentation from Torq’s nutritional guru, Ben. It’s fair to say that we all learned an awful lot from what became an interactive session covering all aspects of ‘fuelling’ on the run. Don’t hit that wall!
We were then treated to a superb session with Stuart Mills. Thought-provoking, inspirational, controversial, and more… “Run as fast as you can, when you can”, “If you’re doing core work, you’re not doing enough running”. If you’ve never stumbled across Ultra Stu’s blog before, do it today, you won’t regret it!
Inspired and wired (on gels), we donned our running gear to hit the trails across the Long Mynd. Often surrounded by low cloud, battered by a side wind, and shin-deep in snow, we were distracted by great company and beautiful views. The only competitive aspect of the run was perhaps the rush for the showers at the end.
Sunday: Long Run
Sunday’s schedule was simple. You either ran a 2-hour circuit, or a 4-hour circuit, and your reward would be a well-earned hotpot in the hostel. The typical British weather did little to put the hardy group of trail runners off on what turned out to be an unforgettable day of running.
Torq and FreeStak have got big plans for this concept going forward, with plans for the next few years already being formulated. It’s fair to say that interest in this Trail Team will only grow, but who knows, if you stay up to date with Torq via their Facebook page; it could be YOU in 2014…
This is an opportunity of a life-time for all you trail runners! Is it wrong to call it a trail runner’s wet dream? Perhaps, but please withhold judgement until you have read this:
TORQ is looking for runners who will join the TORQ Trail Team for 2013 and enjoy many of the benefits of a professional running team.
Anyone who is committed to running on the trails and exploring the outdoors – as well as their own limits – is encouraged to apply to be part of the team: this is not just for elite runners.
Those successful in being selected for the team will spend a year as part of the TORQ Trail Team, with many of the benefits usually only available to professional teams, including:
A nutritional assessment and nutrition products from TORQ Fitness
Team-branded kit for training and racing
A three day training and preparation trip running in the Alps on the UTMB course around Chamonix from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June 2013
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Famous words by Napoleon Bonaparte. And it’s completely true.
How many of us have ‘hit the wall’ or ‘bonked’ on a long run? If you have, I’m sure you will have vowed never to hit that wall again!
I remember one time heading out on the bike with a plan of cycling a straightforward out-and-back across the Cleveland Way. It was one of those perfect days for cycling – sunny, warm, no wind (very rare on the North York Moors!) and so I got carried away, and decided to keep on riding. Of course, the extra distance I was covering only meant I had that same extra distance to cover on the way back.
Cutting a long story short: I was ill-equipped. The food and drink I was carrying was insufficient. I became seriously fatigued, weak, and disorientated. I took a break by a trail in Guisborough Forest, and then opted to curl up in a ball, feeling sorry for myself. I was ‘rescued’ (haha!) by a couple out walking, who kindly donated a Cadbury’s Boost. That gave me enough energy to continue cycling until I found myself with enough phone signal to call my wife for a lift. #Embarrassing!
Try hitting the wall
I learned my lesson the hard way. It might sound crazy but I would recommend everyone to hit the wall during a training run. You’ll certainly earn some wisdom points for it, and will hopefully never make that mistake again during a race!
What causes bonking?
In short, you bonk due to low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia), effectively running out of fuel for your body and your brain.
How to avoid hitting the wall
Simplistically: Eat properly for exercise, and eat at regular intervals. Find out which foods suit you best – which are easiest to consume, to digest, and what you enjoy most.
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