LIFE LESSON: PATIENCE & PROCESS - ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT BLANC

Before arriving in Chamonix, I was digesting the words that my father had shared with me last year about making decisions and pursuing them. So, when I had decided to run Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc for a second time (Race Report: Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc 2018), I committed to the five steps and continued my journey to complete the course this year. Unfortunately, things turned out to be different than planned and for a second consecutive year I had to drop out of the UTMB (Race Report: Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc 2019). Another missed chance and shattered dream is heartbreaking. I was progressing through the mountains, but after more than 150 kilometers, my race was once again stopped by hallucinations. 

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LIFE LESSON: DECISION MAKING - ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT BLANC

I was exhausted. I was sad. Could I have gone further? Should I have continued? A couple of hours before, I had decided to drop out, or DNF - Did Not Finish - as they call it in runners jargon, the Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc. After I had visited the hospital for check-up and sort of collected my thoughts, I went for lunch with my dad. He said: ”Nicki, you have made the right decision.”

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FARFETCH ACQUIRED NEW GUARDS GROUP

Farfetch has acquired New Guards Group for a Total Enterprise Value of USD 675 million. Farfetch said the move “advances its strategy to be the global technology platform for the luxury fashion industry”. By adding a “Brand Platform” layer to Farfetch’s existing Technology, Data and Logistics Platform, New Guard will extend the company’s capabilities beyond technology solutions and global distribution into design, production and brand development

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SILVRETTARUN 3000 2019

Thanks to Keller Sports and my mate and Ironman Christian Kehr, my sister and I had been invited by Galür and Ischgl to participate in the Silvrettarun 3000. While my sister run the 11-kilometer race, I signed up for the marathon distance. It was a perfect test before Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc and worked out perfectly as I had gifted my sister a brother-sister running trip for Christmas. It was a wonderful weekend spent with my sibling and a humbling lesson the story of Justin and Gabriele Grunewald has taught us. In fact, it shall force us all to re-calibrate and ensure not to forget what it is important in life.   

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ULTRADOLOMITES 2019

I have always wondered about the ratio of fitness vs. mind in ultra-running, as both parts certainly play an equally important role to cover those great distances and heights. Due to my day-to-day life in banking, unfortunately I lack the time to follow the ideal training plan, which means that my mind is more critical, when it comes to race day. Luckily, I was able to count on the latter at the Lavaredo Ultra-Trail.

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REFORMATION SELLS MAJORITY STAKE TO PERMIRA

In 2009 Yael Aflalo, a model turned fashion entrepreneur, opened a vintage clothing resale business she ran part time from the back room of a Los Angeles retail store. Called Reformation, it sold stylish secondhand items or garments made from re-purposed materials. In 2013, the brand was scaled into an e-commerce business with a downtown factory and three boutiques — a vision honed by Ms. Aflalo’s experience, gained earlier in her career, of the environmental and human toll the global fashion industry was taking.

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HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR RUNNING GOAL

As runners, we are constantly setting new goals, whether it is signing up for a race or just moving our feet a bit more each day. Regardless if you’re a newbie or a 100-mile race finisher, there is always a new goal in sight. Maybe it is simply to start running, beat your last marathon time or best your brother’s or coworkers’ mile record. Now comes the work to make sure you achieve your goal. Gear Patrol tapped nine ultra-runners professionals to learn their secrets for setting big goals, and achieving them.

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MINDFUL RUNNING

Running has gained tremendous popularity as a means of getting away from it all and re-connecting with your body and surroundings, while getting fit and sweating out the pressure of the daily life. On the other hand, meditation has also gained a huge foothold, as people turn inward to try and calm their racing minds, regain control, and let go of an overwhelming flood of thoughts.

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MILANO MARATHON 2019

 “If you can dream it, you can do it“, it read on one of the banners a supporter was holding up high on the side of the road. and I was starting to repeat those words a few times in my head. I know that I would not be breaking my goal of a sub-3 hour marathon today, however, why not aiming for a new personal best.

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CITY GUIDE SYDNEY

I regard myself as very fortunate to have visited and lived in a number of different places around our globe. Each place has certainly left a mark on me in its very own way, yet there are only a few destinations that I felt very connected to. Sydney is one of those cities. It is a wonderful city, rich in culture, countless places to visit and many cool things to do, as well as a brilliant lifestyle to enjoy. Located right by the ocean and home to a number of beautiful beaches, it is a great place to visit and live in. 

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OUTDOOR VOICES BLURS THE LINES BETWEEN WORKING OUT AND EVERYTHING ELSE

Outdoor Voices is one of a few highly visible, female-centered, life-style-adjacent, digital-savvy millennial brands built around a charismatic founder and her story. Other such companies include the cosmetics outfit Glossier, the fashion retailer Nasty Gal or the dating app Bumble. Outdoor Voices (“OV”) is frequently described as an athleisure brand, although Tayler Haney, the founder who was a serious athlete in her teens, hates the term, associating it with clothes that were made for watching TV while occasionally thinking about the gym. “Every product that we make is made to sweat in,” she has said. Yet, OV, similar to Lululemon, appeal to the desire to wear workout clothes around the clock, as Athleisure means different things for different people.

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RUNNING 101

This might be your first try at running or an attempt to improve on what you already do. The less sport you have done recently, the more you can expect to improve your distances and speeds. The following words should give you a little overview of the importance of the heart rate to your training and give you an introduction to different training types.

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