Jon Duncan – mountain running enthusiast – up hill, downhill, forest, marsh, terrain, trail. Ideally with a map. 41 years old, married, 3 boys.

Lysefjorden Inn is a great race and combines many of the things I love about running. Wild terrain, beautiful scenery, interesting trails, a ‘journey’ through the mountains.
What I’ve discovered with ultra-running is that the challenge is mostly mental – it is your brain who decides how well you can do! Your body is capable of so much more than you think, and when you are tired it is relatively easy to give up and think that you can’t go on. But this is seldom the case. You have to fight against these thoughts sometimes. Perhaps walk for a few kilometres, then maybe you can start to run again. And when you complete the course, having been through this hard time, the sense of achievement is magnified.

Jon Duncan i Lysebotn under Lysefjorden Rundt 2016

I choose to wear comfortable, light weight running kit that I have tested in advance. I run in Inov-8 x-talon shoes which I consider to be one of the best all-around shoes on the market. I use a light running rucksack with a drink bladder since I know hydration is an issue for me. I also need food – not just gels – during an ultra race, so I’ll pack a couple of jam sandwiches. I normally carry a few light weight survival items in case of emergency – a silver blanket, spare thermal and water/wind proof jacket. Normally unused, but good to have just in case.

Few of us have time to train multiple hours per day. I have a good training background with many miles in the bank over the years. I try to run for about an hour each day, maybe get a long run in at the weekend, but I don’t do much more than this. To increase time on feet, I try to stand up as much as I can at work, and combine my cycle-commute with running when I get home to increase the training time. Little and often is better than lots and random, in my view. As I’ve already mentioned, the mental challenge is bigger than the physical as long as you have done a reasonable amount of training.

On race day I’ll have a big breakfast and be hydrated at the start. There is not much need for a long warm-up and I’ll try to be relaxed at the start. The early pace will be steady and I’ll look to increase on the trail from Preikestølen to Songesand. The second part is more of a challenge and then the transition to running on the road down into Lysebotn after many hours in terrain is difficult for me. I’m still unsure if I will run in 2017 – I have plans for an ultra-distance mountain run in the UK in early June. Depending on how that goes, I may be in Oanes ready to run on 17.june. I hope so – it is great to have such a challenging, beautiful mountain race only half an hour from home!


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