5 Runners. 5 Treadmills. 48 hours. 691.76 Miles.

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We realised this week that we hadn’t formally updated everyone on the records distances and other highlights from the EPIC48 World Record Weekend in Guernsey.

First of all, and most importantly, our fund-raising figure is currently at £27,000.

An amazing effort and donations are still coming in and with 8 treadmills to sell and a luxury bed raffle, we’re aiming to break through £40,000 in the next few weeks.
It was such an incredible weekend, we still can’t believe the atmosphere in the final couple of hours, and especially the last 30 minutes, it was a real party atmosphere.
We’ve outlined the individual distances, World Records, GB Records and other highlights from the weekend.

Individual Distances

  • Adam: 183.86 miles
  • Philip: 131 miles
  • Warren: 118 miles
  • Abi 111.9 miles
  • Robert: 147 miles
Total Combined Mileage: 691.76 miles

World Records Broken*

  • Adam Holland broke the world record for the men’s half marathon by 22 seconds in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
  • Abi Schofield broke the world record for the women’s marathon on a treadmill in 4 hours 6 minutes 2 seconds.
  • Adam Holland broke the World Record for 50 miles, running it in 5 hours 51 minutes and 41 seconds, and beating the current WR by 5mins 50 secs.
  • Adam Holland broke the 6 hour World Record (distance to be confirmed)

British Records Broken*

  • Adam Holland broke the British Record for 12 hours by running 79.06 miles, beating the current record of 65.4 miles.
  • Abi Schofield broke the woman’s British Record for the Half-marathon on a treadmill by 9 seconds, running it in 1 hour 33 minutes and 52 seconds.
  • Adam Holland broke the British record for 48 hours on a treadmill by 1.86 miles, by running 183.86 miles.
  • Abi Schofield broke the woman’s British treadmill 24 hour record by running over 77 miles in 24 hours.
  • Adam Holland broke the British record for 100KM (details to be confirmed)
*Please note that all records are currently going through the validation process

Other Highlights

  • 4 of the top 6 in Great British treadmill distances in 48 hours now include 4 of the EPIC48 runners, Adam in 1st, Robert in 4th, Philip in 5th and Warren in 6th.
  • Adam’s 12 hour distance puts him 10th in the world overall for 12 hours on a treadmill
  • Adam’s 48 hour distance puts him 8th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Roberts 48 hour distance puts him 12th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Philips 48 hour distance puts him 15th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Warrens 48 hour distance puts him 16th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Abi’s 48 hour distance puts her 5th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Abi’s 48 hour distance puts her 3rd in Great Britain overall for 48 hours on a treadmill

“Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.” Michael Jordan

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EPIC – Empowering People to Inspire Change

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”  

Bruce Lee

I sit here a few days after completing the toughest physical and mental challenge I have ever taken on reflecting on the experience, the dark times, the funny times, the inspiring times and the life changing times of EPIC48.

When Warren and I came up with the idea around 10 months ago we never imagined that we would create effectively a party in the middle of Market Square, which would include 5 people running on treadmills for 48 hours. During organising the event we hit so many logistical headaches and obstacles but with the help of the Guernsey community and some great new friends in the UK we were able to sit back the day before the event, with the site set-up complete and realise that all we had to do now was run…run for 48 hours.

My training had included runs up to around 15/16 hours in length and 60+ miles in distance, so I knew that up to this time and distance I was still operating in the ‘known’. Beyond this time and distance I was going into the unknown in terms of how the body and mind would react and whether it would behave or not.

I’m not going to share about the running experience in this post as I am still processing the experience and impact, but I want to share about a few things that happened over the weekend, which for me, inspired me continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward.

You are going to read this a lot from me, but the core of the EPIC48 challenge wasn’t about running or records. It was about helping change lives and inspiring others along the way.

On the Friday we had an amazing delivery of EPIC Cupcakes. A few schoolgirls (with a little help from their mum) baked a huge number of cupcakes and brought them down to the event. The girls also made posters for us to put on the treadmills such as “Never Give Up” and “Keep Going”. No one asked them to do this, they simply did it because they are awesome kids.

The girls were really interested in chatting to Abi Schofield and I heard a story of one of the conversations, a young girl was talking to Abi about running and saying that she wasn’t that great at running but enjoyed swimming. Abi explained to her that she started with swimming then got into running. The young girl then went away with a beaming smile and let her Mum know that “she could do it because Abi started with swimming.”

We were running a team challenge alongside us where teams of up to 5 people would run on treadmills for 4 hour slots. One of the teams included a young lad called Theo, Theo is a local hero in my eyes. There he was next to me on the treadmill, ramping it up to 5mph (faster than I was going at that point) and he gave us such encouragement by just being involved and giving us high-fives and ‘thumbs up’ every few minutes.

Forgive me for not remembering if it was the Saturday or Sunday, but we had 3 young children that saved their pocket money, came down to Market Square and put every single penny of it into one of our donation buckets. No one forced them or suggested them to do it, they did it because they wanted to help others and it was very humbling that our event provided them kids the opportunity to do this at such a young age.

We had a young girl on Sunday (Abi) who was desperate to meet and chat to Abi Schofield. Her parents brought her down towards the end of the event and she had a good chat with Abi Schofield. I bumped into the young girls Dad on Monday after the event who told me that his daughter had gone to bed on Sunday evening saying “I’m going to be a world record breaker”.

The final couple of hours on Sunday were like a party, the atmosphere was incredible and not what we expected. We had such a range of people from the Guernsey community, people were cheering, high-fiving, hugging, clapping and dancing, it was incredible.

This is why we take on these crazy challenges.

This is why we keep moving forward when our bodies are on the limit of breaking and giving up.

This is why we won’t stop here.

Thank you everyone for your crazy support.

#NeverGiveUp

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The Road To EPIC48

1,792.66 miles run

82,119 ft of elevation gained

201,088 calories burnt

7 pairs of trainers used and abused

A few statistics since I stared training for the EPIC48 World Record Challenge around 10 months ago. It has been a long journey in terms of both training and organising the event for Warren and I.

Lots of people have asked me in recent days how I am feeling and how training has gone / is going. On the training side it’s a difficult process, with marathon training you can put together a 16 week training schedule. The schedule is likely to include a few runs of 20 miles, and maybe a 22 miler in there as well. For the 48 Hour challenge we have not been able to get too close to the scale of the challenge, we’ve incorporated a night-time marathon and then 12 hours on a treadmill to see how our bodies and minds react on a couple of hours sleep.

We’ve made sure we have included several Ultra-Marathons (any distance over the 26.2 miles), the longest of which being the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk at 38.65 miles. The interesting thing for me is that wI have only spent 20 hours on a treadmill across 2 separate runs, most of my training has been done on the Guernsey roads or the cliffs.

1,700+ miles of training may sound a lot, but with 5 days to go to the EPIC48 event you still question whether that is enough, you question whether you should have spent longer on a treadmill or a few more nights of getting up at 1am for a run. But, all of that is done now, and the big event is just 5 days away.

In terms of how I am feeling, to be honest, last week I was pretty nervous and was having moments of doubt about all things from training to actually surviving the event. This week I have realised that the main thing is going to be to enjoy the event, and to savour every minute of a unique event that will help change thousands of lives in a positive way.

It has been a huge journey already with the training and organising and we have seen the best of humanity and the Guernsey community come together to help us host the event. We have over 25 sponsors and a team of over 50 volunteers that will help the vent run smoothly and verify the world record attempt for Guinness World Records.

So, after all the organising and training it now comes down to running for 48 hours and raising £100,000 for some amazing causes. All of the money raised will go directly to the following charity projects:

  1. The Hub, through, the Sunflower Project, support children and families who have experienced bereavement or are living with someone they love having a serious illness.  The project has supported over 100 families in Guernsey since launching last year and the support has been invaluable.

  2. This Is EPIC, help people living in extreme poverty in Africa through Village Savings and loans projects. The aim is to impact over 7,000 people through implementing new Village Savings and Loans groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the funds raised from EPIC48.

  3. NSPPC, the money raised will fund many projects which aim to either prevent child abuse happening or to help those who have already been abused.

  4. Dreams Come True, the money raised will help children with serious and life-limiting illnesses have a special wish realised for them.

If you are inspired by what we are attempting and want to help change lives then please support our challenge by donating. Any amount will help us change lives through the charities we are supporting.

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Nutrition and a 48 hour run

Earlier this year Warren and Philip asked whether I would be interested in providing nutrition advice for their EPIC48 World Record Challenge. They understood the importance of getting their nutrition right, both in training and during the event, however it was an area they hadn’t explored in great detail. Granted Warren and Philip are not ‘typical’ clients that I see in practice and this challenge is somewhat ‘off piste’, however it’s been a real pleasure working with them and developing a nutrition approach for such an intense challenge.  For those that have asked here is a summary of their nutritional journey to date.

Nutrition and Training

First off I asked the Philip and Warren to complete my questionnaire and food diary to help identify any nutrient deficiencies and/or imbalances. Luckily the guys were in good shape and credit where it’s due they were eating pretty well. However there were some changes to make in preparation for the 48 hour work record challenge.

Fats and Protein

I found they were both relying too heavily on carbohydrates as a source of fuel and advised them to increase their consumption of healthy fats, to include oily fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut and olive oil. I wanted the guys to become less dependent on a constant supply of glucose (sugar), which only ends up saturating the blood with insulin and has adverse health consequences. By increasing dietary fat intake, fat metabolism is enhanced and the body also becomes more efficient at utilising carbohydrates. Secondly I wanted them to increase their intake of good quality proteins, not only does protein provide the building blocks for all biological processes , it helps slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream, avoiding sugar spikes and crashes for more sustained energy release.

Carbohydrates

In terms of carbohydrates it’s still key for Philip and Warren to include them in their training plan to ensure their glycogen stores are always replenished, however I suggested they switch to whole grains for a slower release of glucose. I tried to steer the guys away from refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white pasta, white rice, pastries, biscuits etc since these products are stripped of fibre, and suggested they replace such foods with rye bread, wholegrain rice and pasta, quinoa, oats, buckwheat and sweet potato. As well as being rich in fibre to support digestion whole grains are packed full of B vitamins and magnesium, which are key nutrients for energy production .

Micronutrients – The Nutribullet

Before I met the guys, the word Nutribullet didn’t carry much meaning, however it’s now a household favourite! I advised them to invest in a Nutribullet to up their micronutrient intake whilst training and to create their own sports drinks for the event.

Philip and Warren have both shied away from energy drinks and gels, which I believe to be sensible, since they only provide a short term energy fix and contribute to blood sugar imbalance. However we needed to find a replacement drink to meet their electrolytes needs, which is where the  Nutribullet came in.  They’ve been experimenting with various combinations of the following ingredients with great success!

  • fruit – high in vitamin C, levels of which are depleted during exercise

  • hydrating green vegetables (cucumber, celery)

  • magnesium rich green vegetables (kale, spinach)

  • potassium rich foods (avocado, bananas)

  • nuts – the powerhouse of nutrients, also contains good quality fats and protein

  • ground flaxseeds and chia seeds – rich in omega 3 fatty acids, chia seeds are also hydrating

  • oats for slow release carbohydrates

  • coconut water for electrolyte content

  • protein powder

  • salt

Nutrition and The Event

Over the 48 hours it is estimated that their energy expenditure will be around 11,000 calories per 100 miles, nearly 29,000 in total if they break the world record. Realistically Warren and Philip will only be taking on about 6,000 calories per 100 miles which is why it’s been so important to get their bodies better adjusted to lipolysis, the breakdown of fats for energy production, in the lead up.

The guys are going to have a set of scales at the event and will be regularly weighing themselves, ideally their body weight shouldn’t fluctuate beyond a few percent. Through breathing and sweating alone it’s estimated they will lose 2-4 litre of water an hour, therefore replenishing  fluids and keeping hydrated is going to be crucial!

At the same time overhydrating is also problem, leading to hypernatremia, low sodium levels, which is why their weight will be monitored closely. I’ve suggested they also take on extra sodium during the event, in the form of  salt tablets, or added to their Nutribullets. They can  also add salt flakes to their homemade flapjacks and energy bites which will contain fats, protein and carbohydrates.

Philip and Warren have put their nutrition plan, as described above, into practice during their lead up challenges with great results!  Now the task is to repeat this for 48 hours!

If you have some time free over the 4th, 5th and 6th September then please head down to Market Square to support them. They are great guys taking on an ‘epic’ challenge which most importantly is for a fantastic cause – GOOD LUCK!!!

Claire Mahy

Claire Mahy Nutrition

It’s not about running or records

I thought I’d write this post following a few conversations in recent weeks about how I got into running and also about the Charity that Louise and I run, This Is EPIC.

People appear surprised when I say that I have only got into running as a result of deciding to run 7 Marathons in 7 Days in 2014. Prior to that I had run two half-marathons and my sports of choice were cricket and football, yes, very different from ultra-running!

It all started in December 2013 when I decided to take on running 7 Marathons in 7 Days to raise money for This Is EPIC, the charity that my wife and I started in October 2013. In February 2014 I met Warren, he was interviewing me for a StartUp Guernsey video, I told him about the challenge and it then snowballed into a big event that ended up raising over £22,000 for This Is EPIC and The HUB.

What we experienced with our 7 Marathons in 7 Days, the support from the community, the belief in the charities that we were supporting, and the personal battles that we won were a huge learning curve for both Warren and I.

In three weeks time we are taking on an even bigger challenge. We’ll be running on treadmills for 48 hours, attempting to break the World Record for the furthest distance run in 48 hours. The world record currently sits at 251.79 miles, just under 10 marathons in a weekend. A challenge on a similar scale is the fundraising target we have set ourselves, this year we are aiming for £100,000. This is a big number, but we are so focused on hitting it because we know first hand the good the charities can achieve with the funds.

Whilst the event is indeed a world record challenge, and yes, it is another running challenge, for us it is not about running and it is not about records. We both enjoy running and it would be awesome to break the world record, but the energy for us comes from the positive impact we can have through the money we raise from the event.

Margret Nantumbwe (Pictured at the start of this post) is just one of the sources of energy that keeps us putting one foot in front of the other, even when our bodies are telling us to give up. I read about Margret’s story this week as we received a project update from the This Is EPIC village savings and loans projects in Uganda.

Margret  Nantumbwe lives in a small village called Nkokko, which is in the Kirumba Sub County, Rakai district of Uganda. Margret is a mother to four children, three girls aged four, seven and eleven and one boy aged two.

Margret joined the This Is EPIC Tweyambe Village Savings and Loans (VSL) Group in early 2015.

Before joining This Is EPIC Tweyambe VSL group Margret could not afford school fees for her three daughters as she did not have a stable source of income. Through a “Farmer Field School” set-up by This Is EPIC aimed at helping communities increase agriculture production and productivity, Margret learnt knowledge and skills of production using organic fertilisers (compost and farm yard manure) plus mulching.

With the money that she had saved through the This Is EPIC VSL group Margret trialled her new knowledge on 0.5 acre of land she purchased and started to produce onions. Margret made enough profit from this harvest that she then hired 2 acres of land and now continues to harvest onions as well as egg plants, which she sells to the local community.

This is what Margret has to say about the impact on her life from joining a This Is EPIC VSL group.

“My life has improved tremendously Thanks to This Is EPIC; I can now afford to pay the school fee of my children. They therefore do not miss any classes because of tuition fees like was the case before. Right now I have plans of extending my garden size because I am sure to receive my sweat’s worth from my produce. There are not enough words in the world to express my gratitude to EPIC for the opportunity. Things would have remained the same for a long time had it not been their intervention. Thank you so much.”

This is why we run.

This is why we push our bodies and minds to the limit.

This is why keep putting one foot in front of the other.

If you want to help us continue to give thousands of others in Margret’s situation a help-up and the opportunity to turn their life around and provide a future filled with hope for their children then please support our EPIC48 World Record Challenge. Any donation makes a huge difference.

Thank you.

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A brutal training run.

It’s the morning after our longest run to date and time for a bit of reflection.

We had always planned a treadmill run outside Waitrose in Guernsey as this would be a great opportunity to raise awareness of our challenge, fundraise as well as spend a good few hours on a treadmill. In the week leading up to the Waitrose Training Day, Warren suggested adding in a night-time marathon prior to running on treadmills for 12 hours and of course we went ahead with that suggestion.

At 2am in the early hours of Saturday morning Warren and I set-off for our marathon around Guernsey. Amazingly we were joined by Danny Le Prevost and Stuart Moseley who wanted to keep us company and take on the marathon themselves. We were very lucky with the weather, a beautiful clear night, with the temperature rising to about 15 deg by 6am. The peace of the west coast took our minds off the lack of sleep and distance, and as we came round to Guernsey Airport we were met by Nicola Smith, Cath Birnie and Kevin Kreckler, who ran the last 5 or 6 miles with us.

We were aiming to complete the marathon in 5 hours, a nice gentle pace with a bit of body management as we had 12 hours on treadmills in front of us. We got back to our starting point (Waitrose Admiral Park car park) at 6:35, which meant we had completed the marathon in 4 hours 35 minutes, 25 minutes faster than we had planned! As the support runners headed off for some well earned breakfast Warren and I rested up at Waitrose, changed clothes, our physio, Guthrie Steer, went to work on us and we treated ourselves to a double espresso and a breakfast.

It was now onto the treadmills. Our previous longest training run on treadmills was 8 hours inside the Intersport Guernsey store in early July. Below are the key lessons that we learnt from yesterday’s training run.

  1. Running on treadmills is harder than road or trail running – we kind of knew this already, but yesterday just accentuated it. We’d spent 4 and a half hours running on the road and that felt comfortable, you have to adjust your running style / form when you are on a treadmill.

  2. Marginal gains matter – the slightest changes made a big difference. Even down to more regular changes of socks, which felt like putting on new feet, can make a big difference.

  3. Listen to the team around you – we are very lucky to have some great people around us covering physical and nutritional support. Listening to their advice helped us get through over 15 hours of running without any long-term damage to ourselves.

  4. Heat can be an issue – the weather yesterday was more suited for a day at the beach rather than a day on a treadmill. Up until about 2pm we were in the shade, then the sun was on us for the last 5-6 hours of the day. This had a huge impact on performance and luckily we’ll be inside a marquee in September for the 48 hour challenge.

  5. Developing a pace and run/walk strategy is going to be vital – we can’t just go into the 48 hour challenge hoping to survive it without thinking about how we manage our bodies. We knew this, and yesterday was a great test of how we changed our pace throughout the day to manage the impact on our bodies.

  6. Lack of sleep was interesting – we had a couple of ‘funny’ moments throughout the day were our minds weren’t working as effectively as they normally do. Whilst they had comedy value during the run yesterday, over a longer period they could present real difficulties in the 48 hour challenge.

  7. It’s going to be a mental battle as well as physical – several times throughout the day our bodies were saying “ok, that’s enough, this is picking a bit” yet our minds had to ignore this, whether that was through chatting to people to ignore the pain or quietly saying to our bodies “be quiet and keep going”.

  8. We saw the best in humanity and it kept us going – the support we received outside Waitrose and on social media was incredible. It really helped us to continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. We’re taking on these crazy challenges to help change lives, to bring hope to hopeless situations and to see people thrive, who without the support of the charities involved may never have had that opportunity. People yesterday were so interested in hearing about the charities we are supporting and we had so many people chat to us about our challenge. This genuinely helped us through the day, so thank you Guernsey for being yet again, being epic.

We finished our run after hitting a total of just over 60 miles, this was 26.2 miles for the Marathon, plus a further 35 on the treadmills. Both Warren and I were a little disappointed with the distance run on the treadmills, but we had the challenge of the heat, as well as a couple of minor injuries to manage in the last 4 hours of the run. On reflection, our average training week has been around 60-70 miles over the last 12 months, and yesterday we ran that in 15.5 hours, so we should be pleased. And even more importantly, we raised a load of cash from the very generous Guernsey public!

If you like what we are doing and believe in helping the amazing charities we are supporting then please donate to our fundraising campaign.

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Taking on our longest run to date

This weekend Philip Smith and Warren Mauger will be completing a night-time round-the-island marathon, very closely followed by a 12 hour run on treadmills outside of Waitrose Admiral Park on Saturday 8 August 2015.

Starting at 2:00am, Philip and Warren have set themselves a target of completing finishing the marathon at the Waitrose Admiral Park store at around 7am. This will give the guys time for a short rest, some breakfast, before taking on a further 12 hours of running.

They are aiming to run over 50 miles each on treadmills, making this the duo’s longest training (over 75 miles in one day) run before the EPIC48 world record challenge in Market Square, St Peter Port on the 4th, 5th and 6th September.

As well as being a training day, representatives from The HUB and This Is EPIC will be at Admiral Park to help with fundraising and talk about how the money raised will be used to change lives.

Whilst Philip and Warren are training in Guernsey, Robert Young, Adam Holland and Abi Schofield – their EPIC48 running partners – will be holding a similar event running on treadmills in a Peterborough Gym in the UK.

Philip and Warren have run over 1500 miles each since they began training in February, and in fact, the pair haven’t really stopped running since their 7 Marathons in 7 Days challenge in August 2014.

“This will be our last chance to perfect our running and nutrition strategies before the challenge in September. It’s a huge test and it will really push us but we need to practise running in the night whilst fatigued,” said Mr Smith.

“It’s also an opportunity for people to come and find out more about why we are doing the event and donate if they wish.”

You can follow Philip and Warren’s preparations via www.epicchallenges.gg.

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Top 10 Lessons Learnt From 8 Hours on a Treadmill

On Saturday 11th July, Philip and Warren spent 8 hours running on a treadmill inside the Intersport Guernsey store. The guys ran a combined distance of 76 miles, in this post Philip and Warren share the top 10 lessons learnt from their longest training run yet.

Warren 

1. Nutrition – Eating and drinking at the right times is going to be critical. On Saturday this went well and we got the approach right over the 8 hours, this was very much down to the advice from Nutritionist Claire Mahy. However, what will be hard is to maintain discipline over the 48 hours when our minds are failing, it will be very easy to forget to eat and head into a downward spiral fast.

2. Time – 48 hours is a crazy amount of time to do anything, how did I get into this!

3. The Dark Moments – The nighttime is going to be really hard, when it gets cold, dark and quiet, those are when the hardest times will arrive during the challenge.

4. Run-Walk Strategy – I will probably walk more than I expect to, but walking fast felt harder than than running slow on the treadmill. I have a strategy, but after 6 hours this fell apart a bit, I need to keep the discipline if I’m going to survive the 48 hours.

5. Enjoy It – We must try and relax and enjoy it, the time will go quicker.

Philip

1. Treadmills – I don’t train on treadmills, I always train on the road or cliffs, I don’t like running on treadmills. This will bring it’s challenges during the 48 hours!

2. Hydration – In the 8 hours on a treadmill I drank over 5 litres of water / coconut water. Staying hydrated, with the right liquids, is going to be key during the EPIC 48 challenge.

3. A change of socks – I changed my socks after 4 hours, this was heaven. It might not sound nice but after 4 hours running my socks felt like wet flannels!

4. Nutrition – Thankfully I got the nutrition right during the 8 hour training run. Nutribullets have transformed my approach to nutrition and will be key in the EPIC 48 challenge.

5. Smile – Despite tough moments during the 8 hours (including forgetting that I had set the treadmill on an incline for 1.5 hours!) enjoying it and chatting to the amazing people that had taken time out of their day to come and see us helped the difficult times and made time pass pretty quickly.

Q&A with Guernsey’s Marathon Men

We get asked quite a few questions about our training and how we’re feeling about the EPIC 48 World Record Challenge, so we thought it would be a good idea to share our answers to the top 5 questions we get asked by people.

1. What does your training plan look like for the EPIC48 World Record Challenge?

Philip – Unfortunately there isn’t a great deal of information available on how best to train for this type of run. Warren and I have used our experience form the 7 Marathons in 7 Days training last year as well as researching on how to train for 100 mile runs. Personally, I haven’t really stopped training since last years challenge apart from 2 weeks in April when I had a small injury. In terms of weekly mileage, in the early stages of 2015 I was running anywhere from 30 to 50 miles per week. With around 8 weeks to go I’m now hitting weekly totals between 70 and 100 miles. This year it is more about time on feet and throwing in a few challenges like long cliff runs and running when tired and on a lack of sleep.
Warren – Like Philip say there isn’t much information out there on 48 hour runs! You cant train for 48 hours so you have to aim to get yourselves well prepared physically but it’s the mental side that is going to be the difference between success or failure. The early part of the year for me was 40 mile weeks for a few months to build a solid base. This rose to 50 miles and more recently has been anywhere between 60 – 80 mile per week. We have challenged ourselves by running long cliff runs and ran the Saffery Champness Walk which was 38 miles followed by a similar run two weeks later combining 15 miles on the cliffs with the Guernsey Half marathon for a 28.5 mile run. I’m not sure any amount of training though will fully prepare me for this.

2. Doesn’t your body get tired with all the running?

Philip – The simple answer is yes. For about the last year I have been running on tired legs every day. I don’t know how, but the body manages to cope with it, I think it ’s a combination of learning about body management and developing the mental strength that enables you to tell your legs to ‘shut up’ when they are shouting “stop”. On the flip side, there is something energising and inspiring about a run along the cliffs or along the west coast on a nice day.
Warren – Yes all the time, there are very few times I have run in the last year where my legs have not been tired, it just ranges from a little bit to a lot. We just have to get on with it but some days it’s a real struggle to get out again and keep going, it helps being driven by the fear of failure and the reason we are doing this to help others

3. How do you fit in all the training?

Philip – This is a question we get asked a lot, with a young family, running my own business and the work with This Is EPIC life can get busy. But, the interesting thing is how efficient you become when trying to fit the weekly training in. You begin to cut stuff out that isn’s a priority or important, and from a work perspective you begin to look at meetings and aim to cut them down to 30 or 45 mins to fit in a lunch-time run. It’s amazing how efficient you can be when you prioritise properly!
Warren – This is really hard, I am often shoehorning a run into a day or quite often two a day to get the training in, as Philip says it does mean cutting out anything you don’t need to do in your life and trying to focus on the important things which for me are my family and work. Some runs have started at 5am just so we have them done and it doesn’t dominate a day of work or family time.

4. How are you avoiding injuries?

Philip – It has been incredible, in the last 12-18 months I’ve only had one small injury which put training on hold for 2 weeks. I think it is a combination of adjusting our running form last year, the support from the likes of Guthrie Steer (Physio), Paul Gosling (Massage) and Claire Mahy (Nutrition). In terms of our running form, last year we adjusted our form to a something called Chi Running. Which is essentially helps you reduce impact, improve your posture and core strength to make running more efficient.
Warren – This is something we get asked a lot, the fact we haven’t really stopped I am surprised the body has held up as well as it has, especially at my age. Without a doubt the support of Stuart Hardie last year and our crazy medical guys Paul Gosling and Guthrie Steer has made a big difference in getting into good habits and looking after ourselves. We can be flippant about it when we talk to people but we have taken training seriously and been disciplined in looking after ourselves. This year we have the addition of Claire Mahy advising on nutrition, which has been eye opening and will play a big part in getting us through the 48 hours.

5. What is the one thing that scares you the most about the challenge?

Philip – Ha, how long have we got to answer? With last years challenge we knew that a marathon is 26.2 miles, we knew that each day we would be finished by early afternoon and we could rest before another marathon the next day. With the 48 hour challenge we don’t have an afternoon to rest, or the ability to get a nights sleep before another 26.2 miles. Aside from short breaks for power naps and re-fuelling we’ll be running for the whole weekend, which is into the unknown in terms of how our bodies and minds will react. I’m not good without sleep, so for me it is going to be the lack of sleep that will be both a physical and mental battle. The unknown is the scariest thing, we can’t train for what we may experience during that weekend, and that carries risk with it around injury, mental challenges or our bodies just shutting down.
Warren – This is relentless, it is going to be so challenging mentally as well as physically, running a marathon is daunting enough, this is too big for me to comprehend. Hopefully the other guys running and the teams will help each other get through the tough times, because there are sure going to be as many of those as there will be highs. Part of me will just be relieved to get through it safe and without too much drama.

Introducing Abi Schofield

Exciting News!

European sprint triathlon qualifier Abi Schofield will be taking on the EPIC48 challenge alongside Philip Smith and Warren Mauger in September this year in Market Square.

Along with Robert Young, Marathon Man UK and Adam Holland, Abi is the third athlete from the UK joining the EPIC48 team. In addition to Philip and Warren, Abi will also be attempting to break the female equivalent individual world record of running more than 200.65 miles in 48 hours.

Twenty four year old Abi qualified for the Great Britain Triathlon team after competing in her first ever triathlon last year.

Together with her intense training routine this summer, Abi is preparing to represent Great Britain in the age-group sprint triathlon, take part in her first half-ironman triathlon and the EPIC48 challenge.

Miss Schofield said: “I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this challenge; it is an amazing opportunity to push my limits and see how the human body and mind reacts in extreme circumstances.

“As a teacher I am passionate about inspiring others to work hard to achieve their dreams. I am eager to help with the overall aim of this challenge, changing lives through raising money and creating awareness.”

Over the years, Abi has competed in swimming at county and national level and she was a cross-country runner at district level.

“My attitude is anything is possible and I dedicate myself every time. I never say no to a challenge,” said Miss Schofield.

Abi Schofield photo credit – David Glover

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