– How are you finding living in Chamonix? Was it a big decision to move there?
Living in Chamonix’s awesome. I keep tripping up whilst walking about because I’m caught looking up at the glaciers and mountains above me, pinching myself quite often as it is just a runner (and geographer’s) dream location!
It was a big decision, especially for my girlfriend leaving her job and bringing her dog over, but I don’t think we’ll ever leave the mountains now.
– Have you done much course-specific training for the UTMB?
Everything I do this Summer is working specifically towards UTMB: every easy run, hill session and long run.
I’d love to go round the course again and again all summer, but it’s important to realise your body’s capabilities and we have be recce-ing periodically, with big days out, but a couple of weeks between them.
This Monday, Majell Backhausen (Ozzie ultra-trail runner and housemate) and I ran from Champex to Chamonix – the last 42km of the UTMB, including the three final big climbs. It was a great day out, controlled throughout with plenty of eating and drinking, and it just got us both excited about racing in August!