The Physical Performance Show: Tom Evans – Elite Ultra Trail Runner
In episode 188 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Tom Evans, Elite Ultra Trail Runner in this featured performer episode.
Tom Evans, a former British Army Captain, made an incredible debut on the Ultra Trail Running scene when he came 3rd in 2017 in the gruelling 251km Desert Ultra Marathon: des Sables. There’s a great story behind this elite performance and debut which includes a bet with some of his former military mates in a pub. This third place finish was the best result of any European in the history of the Iconic Race.
Tom astounded once again in 2018, when he won the 101km CCC race at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. And from there Tom has gone from success to success. Tom made his debut in his first 100mile race in the other iconic event, The Western States in 2019. Tom picked up a podium spot coming home with a bronze medal to join his bronze medal from representing Great Britain in the World Ultra Trail running championships.
During this episode Tom shares his highs, lows and learning from his remarkable career and there are so many learnings. There’s some great tales including training with former featured performer of this show Zane Robertson whilst in Ethiopia as well as his big 6 hour run in Ethiopia plus so much more.
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Listen in as we delve into the following:
- How Tom’s running career started
- What his typical week looks like
- Why he joined the military
- How he prepares for a marathon
- How Ethiopia environment/culture has helped him
- Running sessions in Ethiopia that stand out
- The toughest 6 hour run.
- Tips on preparing your psychological aspect during an event
- Top 3 Tips for downhill running
- Preparing for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
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“Process with outcome.” – Mantra
“Where everything clicks.” – Being in the Zone
“Make sure your recovery runs are recovery runs. Slow down” – Best Recovery Tip
“Process before outcome.” – Best Advice
“How much vertical you can gain in one run.” – Physical Challenge
“As an athlete you perform at your best when you’re feeling at your best.”
“Everything I do now serves a purpose.”
“Being a good runner is not always about running fast.”
“The longer runs are the most important ones.”
Top 3 Tips for downhill running
- Be confident
- Don’t look down, look up
- Stay Relax
To follow Tom Evans
1:45 Introduction to Tom Evans
4:19 How his running career started
8:20 What his typical week looks like
10:35 Why he joined the military
18:35 How he prepares for a marathon
24:00 How Ethiopia environment/culture has helped him
29:16 Running sessions in Ethiopia that stand out
36:00 The toughest 6 hour run.
43:48 Performance Round
47:27 Tips on preparing your psychological aspect during an event
52:50 Best Advice
56:45 Top 3 Tips for downhill running
57:45 Preparing for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Zane Robertson – NZ Marathon Record Holder 2:08:19, 59:47 half marathon, Comm Games Bronze (5000m, 2014), Olympian Episode 170 of The Physical Performance Show