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Ultrarunner's season
Today I posted a first episode of 'Ultrarunner’s season' on YouTube. After some time of consideration, I finally decided to go for it. So, this season, I will try to document my training. I don't know if I will be capable of continuing throughout the entire season because anything can happen, but I will give it a try. I am going to make my best to display my activities as accurate as possible. Should you have any topic you would like to learn more about, write it in the comment field under the video. If you want to play the first episode right now, just click anywhere in this box.

Posted on March 21st, 2018

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I have added some pics from Chile in the gallery. Click here to see them.

Posted on March 2nd, 2018

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Taking care of your feet
When I was just starting with long runs, I suffered a lot because of various foot conditions. I developed huge blisters on my soles, my nail beds blackened and the nails were falling off. And all this just because I did not know how to care for my feet properly. Only as time went by did I discover a couple of simple rules which I have been sticking to ever since, and which have helped me to improve my foot condition. Here they are... read more

Posted on January 25th, 2018

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Start of the season
Yesterday I started this year’s running training. Recently I am going run rather short distances up to 50 kilometers while I still intend to focus on complementary sports. In February, I will fall silent at the websites, but you can follow my activities on Facebook and Instagram. Then in March, I will entirely focus on running. At the beginning of April, I am about run this year’s first 100K run of mine in the Šluknov area.

Posted on January 17th, 2018

Prague Ultra-trail 2017
Let me start at the end: I did it. For the first time, I ran a 100-miler, an approximately 170 kilometer-long run. I made it to the end after 33 hours and 25 minutes. As I approached the finish line, I had this crazy idea to wait for another eight minutes, so as to have a finishing time of precisely 33:33, but I was just too exhausted for such games... read more

Posted on January 2nd, 2018

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Only after finding out in the middle of the race that you rock, can you speed up!
Most ultramarathon beginners start out too fast and then have to suffer for the remainder of the race. And yet that can be easily avoided. Before running a trail for the first time, I usually look up the average pace of the previous year's winner. Then during the first tens kilometers, I try not to exceed his or her speed. If that seems self-evident to you, just look at the results of any ultramarathon race – usually, one-third of the runners cover the first dozen kilometers faster than the winner’s pace for the entire race.
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Posted on January 2nd, 2018

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End of the running season
This year’s running season is over for me. And what a successful one it was! In the spring, I realized I was capable of covering 100 kilometers without support. In the summer, I finished a stage race, seven marathons in seven days. At the end of the summer and in the autumn I proved I was capable of unsupported running for several days. Once again in the autumn, I managed to run more than 24 hours in freezing temperatures below 0° Celsius / 32 ° Fahrenheit. Furthermore, as an unplanned bonus, in December I ran a 100-miler for the first time. Now, for approximately one month I will mainly do complementary sports. I am looking forward to doing cross-country skiing, both indoor and glacier climbing, plus swimming and working out.
And what awaits me next season? In the winter, I will test how it is to run in the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert. What's more, I am going to run in several national parks in Patagonia, Chile. In the springtime, I plan to run across the northern mountains of the Czech Republic, approximately 700 kilometers in two weeks. In the summer, I intend to do some running in Slovakia’s Nízké Tatry and Vysoké Tatry mountains. And in the autumn, I plan to cross the island of Sardinia. Follow my Facebook page for the up-to-date information.
Season's Greetings and Happy New Year to all supporters of running and sports in general!

Posted on December 22nd 2017

What motivates ultrarunners?
Ultramarathon runners usually cover dozens of kilometers daily. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of kilometers monthly. And yet they wake up every morning eager to plan another run. What motivates them in their struggle? How come they are not entirely exhausted and burned out after a few weeks... read more

Posted on December 5th 2017

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Did you know that,
so-called “self-supported runs” have recently been on the rise? Runners frequently cover extremely long distances on their own; they might run through a national park area, where one would not be allowed to organize any race. These self-supported runs are not meant to be a kind of self-testing, to discover whether one can meet the challenge – official events where a competitor can end the race anytime s/he wants to, serve this purpose. In self-supported runs, one has to KNOW s/he can handle the load, but at the same time, one has to be prepared should anything go wrong. Unlike fastpacking, during the self-supported runs, you can utilize external support to cover the distance: you can, for example, eat in restaurants or sleep at hotels.

Posted on December 4th, 2017

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Did you know that,
ultrarunners, similar to other athletes, are more and more frequently using a method known as (mental) imagery? Imagery was originally a psychotherapeutic procedure for healing people through the use of imagination. A patient imagines “healthy“ scenes and this fosters the healing process. In sports, mental imagery is used to increase performance, to build self-confidence, and to eliminate negative thoughts. For example, an athlete can imagine (either by him/herself or guided by a sports psychologist) his/her advancement through a critical race. This method has an undeniable effect on performance improvement. (e.g., see here). Many ultrarunners have been doing something very similar unconsciously: a few weeks before a crucial competition we might have imagined scenes in which we were increasing our lead in the race.

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

At this weekend I ran Grandpa’s orienteering loop – a race similar to orienteering. Just ten minutes before the start we had learned a name of the first hill we were supposed to climb. On the top, we read the name of the other one and this way we were proceeding through Jeseníky (High Ash Mountains) and nearby mountains. In 24 hours I had covered 118 kilometers, have climbed little more than 5500 meters despite the broken pole. The weather was dizzy. It snowed, rained, the wind was blowing, sometimes even the sun shone, and at one moment I also glimpsed a clear night sky with shining stars. Take a look at the video here.

Posted on November 14th, 2017

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10 x 10 is always less than 100
If you want to cope with an ultra-race, you have to divide the overall length into segments. For example, you can run from one refreshment point to the next. Don’t try to run the entire distance. Always aim at the nearest goal. The most important segment is the one you are currently in. When you really can’t go on anymore, start to search for the closest points of reference – make it up to that tree, then to the rock on the horizon…

There is not one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps. (Peter A. Cohen)
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Posted on November 8th, 2017

Pain management
During long-running courses, runners are faced with a lot of difficulties. I don’t know of any ultrarunner who does not experience at least a minor crisis or suffer from some pain during a 100 miler, should it be an ordinary blister or more serious problem. And yet most of them finish the race with a smile on their face... read more

Posted on November 7th, 2017

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GoPro for runners
I thought it is going to be easy. I just had to buy a camera and start shooting. But it was not the case. Only after a half year of running and shooting with the GoPro camera, I have started realizing what to do to achieve nice videos someday in the future... read more

Posted on October 23th, 2017

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Did you know that,
the English word fastpacking stands for running in the wilderness for days at a time without any support? This niche corner of trail running has been developing for last few decades in America. Here in Europe, we have fewer options: How many places do you know where you can run multiple days without encountering a human settlement? However, the principles of fastpacking are very helpful indeed, even in our region. Read the iconic article on fastpacking - click here to learn more.

Posted on October 4th, 2017

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Did you know that,
many ultra-runners have been reporting the so-called 'post-100-mile blues'? I can’t tell because I am not at that level yet. Nonetheless, it is being described as a kind of mental injury, a black hole that opens after finishing a 100-mile race. In the current issue of Trail Runner magazine David Laney explains: “You are running hard for such a long time. Your brain chemicals get really out of whack after doing something that hard.”

I have been considering the psychological impulses behind such a state of mind: They might be related to goal fulfillment. Once you complete a task, some of your mental capacity is freed up for solving the next one. But since you usually don’t have an immediate task after finishing such an ordeal, you may experience some kind of emptiness and sadness.

Posted on September 19th, 2017

Self-supported run
By now you are most probably familiar with my plan to eventually conquer the Alps. However, in order to attain the appropriate condition, I have to proceed gradually in both building my endurance and acquiring the skills needed for such a challenge. I have already mastered ultra-distance runs longer than 100K. I have also managed... read more

Posted on September 18th, 2017

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Did you know that,
almost every ultrarunner sometimes experiences one of the various types of hallucinations during demanding ultra-marathon events? It usually triggers a combination of fatigue, low blood sugar, and low oxygen. I, for example, "saw" people standing ahead of me in the darkness, but when I got to the spot, actually no one was there.

Posted on September 3rd, 2017