A runner training in the mountains on Running Technique and Training for Hills

Running Technique and Training for Hills

Specificity To state the obvious, Trail Running generally includes hills. They can vary greatly in length and technical difficulty. Some hill climbs you may be able to run up, some may be so steep you need to walk. Descents are the same, whether it be a wide smooth surfaced dirt road or a rocky twisting single track. So, to establish a running technique […]

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Different Types of Meditation

Different types of meditation I remember when I returned from living in Zambia and went for the first time to a UK supermarket – I was overwhelmed by the choice! If you want yoghurt and there are 30 different types, how do you choose?In Zambia there was only one type of yoghurt and it made life easy! Meditation can be the same, there […]

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A cartoon of two runners going quickly on Speed Training for Trail Running

Speed Training

As a running coach I can tell you that speed is essential in all types of running, from road to trail and even in long distance races. As such speed training is an essential part of any runners training programme. However, speed training, be it interval training or speed sessions, delivers more than just an increase in pace. It is also good for […]

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Ordesa National Park Shuttle Bus

The Ordesa National Park shuttle bus runs only at peak holiday times. So, if you are restricted by school holidays and have no choice but to visit Ordesa during these times, please take note of the timetable below. During peak times, the number of people allowed into the Ordesa valley is controlled through the use of the Ordesa National Park shuttle bus. Access […]

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Benefits of Meditation

Julia Ventham teaches meditation on our Yoga Meditation and Wellness Retreats. Here she talks about the many benefits of meditation to your health. People have been meditating for thousands of years. Yet, it is only recently that the scientific world are catching up with the many benefits of meditation to your health. It seems that we only start to listen when there is […]

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What to Wear Snowshoeing

Lucy Woollons is co-founder of Aragon Active. A husband and wife team providing special interest holidays and activity holidays for small groups in the Spanish Pyrenees. A keen snowshoe walker, Lucy will share some of her top tips, starting with What to Wear Snowshoeing. Snowshoeing offers many benefits, from escaping the crowds on the ski slopes to getting a fitness workout during the […]

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A photo of road shoes and trail shoes on Road Shoes vs Trail Shoes

Road Shoes vs Trail Shoes

Continuing his series of posts running coach and Ultratrail athlete Jonathan Worswick looks at the choices we make,  in road shoes vs trail shoes. As a coach, I often get asked about racing on firm ground, and the choice of shoes, road shoes vs trail shoes. Normally it goes something like this…. “…the run is on firm track, not technical at all. I […]

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A girl meditating crossed legged at sunset on Importance of Meditation

Importance of Meditation

Julia Ventham leads our Yoga Meditation and Wellness Retreats in the Spanish Pyrenees. Qualified in healing and energy work, Julia runs group courses as well as offering healing and meditation tuition on an individual basis, both in Spain and England. In this series of posts Julia will take you on an inner journey of self discovery. With guided meditations and visualisations you will […]

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A group enjoying the sunshine in the mountains in April on Yoga Meditation and Wellness Retreats Spain

Yoga Meditation Retreat Spain

We are very lucky that we live all year round in a tiny farming hamlet in the central Spanish Pyrenees, close to the Ordesa National Park. A place where you can disconnect completely, unspoilt and still undiscovered. The perfect location for our Yoga Meditation Retreat Spain.   This first Retreat was a great success and we included a second week in July 2016. […]

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