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Buff: The Kit Essential

Buff: The Kit Essential

When packing your race kit, don’t forget to include a buff. This is essentially a tube of fabric but it’s one of the most versatile pieces of kit out there. Fun fact: the word “buff” comes from the Spanish word for scarf “bufanda”.Ask any buff-loving athlete what’s so great about them and they’ll tell you how they do an awesome job of keeping them warm in the cold months as well as dry and sun protected in the summer months.Our multi-purpose VALA buff is a must-have for runs, rides, walks, climbs and hikes. It can be worn as a headband, a scarf or wrapped...

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Top Tips For Ultra Running

Top Tips For Ultra Running

A few weeks back I shared that VALA pal Rhys @creature_of_discomfort was training for his first ultra (which he absolutely smashed, by the way!).Knowing that VALA has so many amazing ultra lovers in our community, I posted a story asking for your top advice for anyone doing their first ultra and the responses were great.Peep a few of the top tips below, because sharing is caring...▪️ Walking the hills is not only acceptable but it’s a highly recommended race strategy!▪️ Take your time and enjoy it▪️ Pack a toothbrush and when things get tough, brush your teeth and freshen up▪️ Use chafe...

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Don't Find The Time, Make It!

Don't Find The Time, Make It!

The weekend passed by in a blur (doesn’t it always?). Last night I found myself feeling a bit disappointed and thinking “Ugh! I ran out of time to go for a run or do a weights session this weekend”. After contemplating this for a while, I realised that the time was ALWAYS there - this was more to do with how I was framing the situation in my mind. If I was being brutally honest with myself, I realised that I didn’t MAKE the time to get outside. It was as simple as that.Last night I decided to change my...

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The Brain x Gut Connection

The Brain x Gut Connection

Most of you will know that I'm fascinated by how our diet affects our mind. Gut health is one of VALA’s four pillars - along with mental, physical and spiritual health - and it’s why VALA gels only include the seven natural ingredients above 👆🏻It’s often said that our gut is our second brain and I recently read the most incredible article from Harvard Health, which emphasised just how important it is to be mindful of the food that we eat…“Serotonin (known as the “happy hormone”) is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods and inhibit pain.Since...

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Five Reasons to Love The VALA Cap

Five Reasons to Love The VALA Cap

No autumn run is complete without a cap to keep you cool and shaded from the sun. 

Since launching the VALA cap last year, it’s been a huge hit. However, it has definitely been a “journey” to finding the best cap for our crew. I’ve lost count of the amount of samples I went through before finding one that was juuuust right.I asked others what they loved about their running caps and what they’d like to see done differently, which all went into the selection of VALA sports cap.Here are five reasons to love it:

 ✅ Water resistant
✅ Lightweight fabric
✅ Adjustable stretch...

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Benefits of Sea Swimming

Benefits of Sea Swimming

If you live near the coast and have yet to try sea dipping, now is the time! There’s nothing better than cooling off after a long training session with a refreshing dip. You don’t need any fancy equipment or special clothing to experience the benefits that the sea offers and most beaches have local sea swimming clubs with an amazing sense of community.Sea swimming is said to be great for the mind, body and spirit. Using seawater for medical purposes even has a name: thalassotherapy. As sea water is rich in magnesium, it helps to release stress and relax your...

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