British Ultra Runner, Tom Evans
Why do you use Beet It Sport?
"There is strong science behind the use of beetroot to help endurance athletes. It’s a natural substance that I trust and have seen the benefits in my training and racing."
– Tom Evans, Ultra Runner
How did you get involved in ultra-running?
I have always enjoyed testing myself physically. I have run since I was at school. Being in the British Army, we spend lots of time on our feet covering large distances. I did my first ultra in November 2016.
What advice would you give to a young, aspiring ultra-runner?
Respect the race and the distance you are going to do. Completing an ultra-marathon is possible if you have done the right preparation and you stay mentally strong.
What's your best ultra-running achievement so far?
I finished 3rd in the Marathon des Sables 2017. This is the first time any European has been on the podium.
What are your aspirations in ultra-running for 2017 and beyond?
I have just raced in the Eiger 101km in Switzerland where I finished 4th in a very competitive field. I am racing in the Riano Trail Run in September and then Frankfurt Marathon in October. Beyond….. I want to be the best I possibly can be.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you?
When I was 19 years old, I weighed 102kg!
What are your top three sport nutrition tips?
- Eat regularly when you are racing and training.
- Test your nutrition plan before a big race.
- Have a plan B, just in case your body won’t accept a certain type of food.
What are your top three training tips?
- Training is only going to be as hard as you make it.
- Recovery is as important as the training its self.
- HAVE FUN
How do you keep mentally focussed/strong during tough ultra-endurance events?
I am big on visualisation before a race. In the build-up, I will imagine myself running and plan through in my head what I am going to do if things start to go wrong. Music can also help, having said that, I have a terrible music selection on my I-pod that has not been updated since 2013!!
Can you give us an insight into your race strategy – nutrition fuelling, hydration management?
I like to start races slowly, settling into my rhythm, then I can finish strong. I like to eat and drink regularly during races so that my blood sugar levels stay constant throughout a long race. Pacing is really important, don’t set off too fast as you will feel the effects later on in the race.
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