2 Weeks to Go

Two weeks today Warren and I will be taking on our toughest endurance challenge to date; 7 ironman distance triathlons in 7 days. After 18 months of training we are now tapering, which means we are significantly reducing our weekly training from around 20 hrs per week to less than 10 hours per week. Lots of people have been asking us our daily schedule, so hear is a summary of our daily plan as people are welcome to swim, bike and run with us each day.

6:30am

2.4 mile swim at Havelet Bay

8:00am to 8:30am

112 mile bike ride, out from Havelet, laps of Pembroke to Pleinmont and then back to Havelet

4:00pm to 5:00pm

26.2 mile run, 4 laps from Havelet to The Bridge (just past Guernsey Electricity) and back. 

 

If the weather isn’t kind to us with the sea conditions we have back up options of Pembroke, Les Amarreurs and Cobo. If we have to change our routes we will post out updates on social media.

We will have live tracking each day and we’ll be sharing details of the prior to our EPIC week.

If you believe in the purpose behind our challenge, to help people overcome poverty in Africa and help support people in Guernsey with Mental Health issues, you can donate via https://race-nation.com/sponsor/t/3142 

 

#NeverGiveUp 

 

Active for 105 hours out of 168 hours

Stupidly Warren and I worked out some stats for our EPIC7 challenge of taking on 7 Ironmans in 7 Days. With just one month to go until we start our challenge it is becoming very real, and we now have a mix of excitement and fear. Excitement that after 17 months of training we are nearly at the foot of our mountain and we get to take on our challenge, and fear that there is a huge risk that this one may beat us.

Many people have asked us in recent days how long each Ironman may take us, many are shocked when we explain that we expect each Ironman to take us around 15 to 16 hours. What we don’t know at this stage is the impact on our times the build up of fatigue will have. When we took 7 marathons in 7 days in 2014 we full expected to get slower as the week went on, but our times were really interesting. We were faster on days five, six and seven than days three and four.  You would think that multi-day endurance events will naturally cause you to slow down as time goes on, but what we found with the Marathons is the body adapted as the week went on. Will this happen with the 7 Ironmans? We really don’t know, but what we do know is that we are attempting to meticulously plan the timings and pace across the week.

We are setting ourselves a minimum finish time for day one. We fully expect the adrenaline to be pumping on day one and there is a good chance that we will go out of the blocks too fast, especially on the bike, which could ruin us for the run and impact the rest of the week. With each Ironman expecting to take us around 15 hours, we will be active for a minimum of 105 hours across the 168 hours in the week. That leaves just under 1/3 of the week to eat, recover and sleep.

We regularly get asked “What if one day takes you longer than planned and you only get a couple of hours sleep?” – the simple answer is that we will just have to crack on, whether we have had 4 hours or 2 hours sleep, the approach remains the same.

At a very high level we are planning the following timings:

  1. SWIM – expect to start each day between 6:15am and 6:45am each day
  2. BIKE – expect to be on the bike at 8:00am and finish around 4:00pm to 4:30pm each day
  3. RUN – expect to be starting the run between 4:30pm and 5:00pm each day

Now, we have to caveat the above that it all could go out of the window on day one, but that is our high-level plan. We are going to be active well over 60% of the week, with the Marathons we knew that event on a bad day we would still finish by 2:00pm, on a bad day with EPIC7 we could be finishing at midnight, with the need to be awake and ready to go again at 5am for breakfast!

When you look at the stats of how many hours we will be active during the week it is easy to allow it to feel like an impossible challenge. It is easy to begin to over think and worry about the lack of sleep across the week and the additional fatigue this could/will cause. We know it is going to be tough, we are fully expecting to be getting nowhere near the sleep we require, so we can just avoid focusing on that element and focus on the purpose for taking on the challenge and calling on the 17 months of training we have under our belts.

4 weeks to go. Two more weeks of full training (20hrs a week) and two weeks of tapering. It’s close.

You can support the charities we are raising money for by donating at https://race-nation.com/sponsor/t/3142

#NeverGiveUp

Endurance challenges and nutrition

A question that Warren and I regularly get asked is about nutrition. Over the past few years of taking on our EPIC Challenges and other events such as Marathons and running the Saffrey’s Walk, you have to focus on getting your approach to nutrition right. Nutrition is a very subjective topic, it comes down to what is right for you and your event, so what we share about in this post may not be the perfect approach for everyone, but it may give people some tips and lessons for their own events and challenges.

The daily calorie intake numbers often thrown about are 2500kcal per day for a man and 2000kcal for a woman each day. To give you an idea of our current position with under 8 weeks to go until the challenge is a daily intake of circa 4000kcal to 5000kcal per day. This can be a challenge in itself, simply including that number of calories in your daily intake. Unfortunately, it’s not a case of just throwing whatever you want down your throat, we’re not on a diet of malteser’s and ice cream. Our approach to nutrition is to focus on the right calories, ones that will give us energy to complete training without risking falling off a cliff in terms of energy levels. For us this has been a balance of carbohydrates (including complex carbs such as sweet potato, wholegrain rice and green vegetables) and protein such as eggs, chicken, beef, tuna. To add to this we are also using protein powder in nutri-bullets for extra calories. This is then ‘topped up’ with additional daily intake of fats (some good some not so good :-)) and unrefined sugars (like Maple Syrup on porridge!).

To incorporate that level of calorie intake every day during training we have moved from the traditional 3 meals a day to simply eating all through the day. It is a case of constantly grazing in-between the main meals, nuts, flapjacks, fruit etc, it is all on the grazing list.

When we take on the 7 Ironmans in 7 Days we expect to be burning anywhere between 7000kcal and 10,000kcal each day. Simply fuelling adequately each day is going to be a challenge in itself. Our 17 months of training has had to also incorporate nutrition training. If we get that wrong during EPIC7 we are going to be in a whole world of trouble and it could be impossible to try and play catch up with the calories. We have had to use our lessons learnt from 7 Marathons in 7 Days and EPIC48 with our approach to EPIC7, however this challenge does feel like it is on a complete new level. Our training has had to include testing all elements of nutrition, and this includes hydration! We have had to put ourselves in scenarios similar to the challenge to discover what works and what doesn’t. For example, we recently completed two half-ironman brick sessions on two consecutive days. This involved a 56 mile bike ride followed immediately by a 13.1 mile run, two days in a row. Just under 6 hrs of moving time gave us a great environment to test nutrition, we also spent 6 hours on our turbo trainers in St Peter Port on Liberation Day. The Liberation Day ride was a good test for me, I took in a bowl of pasta, as well as other food, but I could not stomach the pasta at all. A good lesson learnt that whilst out on the bike, solid food like pasta isn’t going to work for me.

For EPIC7 we believe we are going to be looking at the following approach in terms of target calorie intake:

  • Breakfast – 2000kcals
  • Transition 1 (Swim to Bike) – 1000kcal to 2000kcal
  • Fuel every 45 mins to 1 hour on the bike 
  • Transition 2 (Bike to Run) – 1500kcal to 2000kcal
  • Fuel every 10km on the run
  • Overnight Recovery – 2500kcal to 4000kcal 

Hydration is really important, in fact it will be crucial for Warren and I as we are taking on the challenge in the middle of the summer, which means we could be cycling and running in temperatures well over 20deg. Hydration for us isn’t just about drinking enough during a session, it has become like an obsession throughout the day. The trick with hydration is to keep at it constantly, for the big sessions we often use coconut water, electrolytes and salt replacement drinks alongside water.

All of the above may not work for everyone, but if we think the following 3 tips are crucial when approaching nutrition for a long distance event or challenge.

  1. Don’t wait until you are hungry to eat – playing catch up is not going to be successful. I set my watch to beep at me every 45 mins on long bike rides or runs to remind me to eat.
  2. Test scenarios in training – create opportunities to test new foods and drinks, that is what training is for. Don’t leave it until the challenge or event to see what works and what doesn’t.
  3. Beware of overdoing it with energy drinks and bars – try to keep it as natural as possible with the occasional inclusion of an energy based drink or snack.

Our EPIC challenge of 7 Ironmans in 7 days

This summer we are taking on our biggest endurance challenge to date. We will be attempting 7 Ironman Distance Triathlons in 7 days as part of The FCG EPIC Week. We are using the word ‘attempting’ as this challenge is filling us with fear. Our previous challenges have been tough, there is no doubt about that, but with running we have found that with purpose fuelling us we have found a way of breaking through the dark times and pushing on to complete our challenges. This challenge brings in two completely new disciplines, one of which we could hardly do in 2015, which was swimming. This all came from a Smith / Mauger holiday in 2015 when we were banned from taking our running kit on holiday…so we started swimming and by the end of the holiday we had decided on our next endurance challenge.

There is much that can go wrong with this challenge, the main one being the body simply giving up due to exhaustion from the amount of time we will take to complete each Ironman distance triathlon. Each day the Ironman could take anything from 15 to 20 hours to complete. Each evening we will need to spend time getting massages, ice baths, re-fuelling with approx 7,000 calories and then trying to get some sleep before going again the next day.

An Ironman Triathlon consists of 2.4 mile swim, which (weather permitting) will be in Havelet Bay, a 112 mile bike ride, which will see us cycle up and down the the west coast, and to finish, a 26.2 mile marathon run which will cover four laps from Havelet to Vale Castle. We will repeat this route every day for 7 days, totalling a massive 984.2 miles for the whole week.

We will take on this challenge on Monday 10 to Sunday 16 July 2017 during which the local community will be taking part in their own challenges for The FCG EPIC Week. We are hoping to raise £7,777 towards the final fundraising figure of the The FCG EPIC Week. All money raised will be going directly to Guernsey Mind and This Is EPIC Projects.

Over the past 15 months we have clocked up over 2,000 hours of training. Swimming over 600km, cycled more than 14,000km and run over 6,000km combined. We have got to be honest, there have been many times were we have felt broken and that we have bitten off more than we can chew. Fitting in around 15-20hrs a week or training alongside family and running our own businesses has pushed us to the brink mentally and physically. But, we are so focused on completing this challenge, some would say obsessed. We are now 9 weeks out from the event and our training is at its peak in terms of effort and time. Most days start at around 5:30am and we regularly incorporate two training sessions into each day. On Liberation Day if you head to Market Square you will see us on our Turbo Trainers and you can find out more about our challenge and also sign-up to The FCG EPIC Week and take on your own challenge.

We continue to use these events as a vehicle to raise money for local charities and causes, this challenge is no different, We are raising money as part of The FCG EPIC Week for Guernsey Mind and to change people’s lives through This Is EPIC which works with projects in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We’ve also learnt that by taking part in big challenges, it hopefully inspires and gives confidence to the Guernsey community to take on their own challenges and push themselves no matter the distance or challenge.

Yet again we have an amazing team around us, led by our wives. This would not happen without their support and encouragement. The team at Tri-Fitness have been invaluable with their coaching and training advice, Ian Browns Cycle Shop have supported us with advice on the bikes to buy and are providing mechanical support during the week and Huub Design, the UK’s leading Triathlon kit manufacturer is supporting us with wetsuits, cycling kit and running kit for the week.

It all comes back to purpose. We’re putting out bodies and minds in some very dangerous places to help others. We have seen so many lives change from previous challenges and we want to see that happen again with this challenge. Your donations and support are so appreciated and will keep us going through the dark times of our challenge, of which we are sure there will be many. Thank you and #NeverGiveUp 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO EPIC7

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

An extract from Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise”, a poem about triumph over adversity. Yesterdays’ training sessions felt like a triumph over adversity. As Warren and I move towards a consistent 20 hours per week of training we are taking it one day at a time. For me, training yesterday felt like it was trying to destroy me, both mentally and physically. Every day takes meticulous planning as to when to fit the training into the diary. Normally, for me, it’s a 5:30am start with a bike (Turbo or outside) or run session, a lunchtime swim, then another bike or run session either early evening or when the kids are in bed.

We are now decreasing intensity, meaning that the sessions should be in heart rate Zone 2 and pretty comfortable to avoid too much fatigue. This is also expected to be close the pace and intensity that we will be doing during the challenge, it’s definitely an endurance challenge and not a sprint!

There are days when Warren and I chat to each other and we mutter the words “have we bitten off more than we can chew?”  There are days when it feels like we have but those moments of doubt are replaced by the purpose, the why behind our challenges. There is no way that we could put our bodies and minds through this pain if it was just for us, the purpose has to be something bigger than ourselves. That’s how we dig in, suck it up and keep moving forward.

The message from Warren today as we were aiming to meet up on the bike read “I’m heading back along the coast. Hating today.” Thankfully the purpose is greater than ourselves so we are able to press on despite feeling battered by our training regime.

A good reminder of the purpose today was receiving an update on the new classroom being built in St Leonia School in Kyotera, Uganda, thanks to the support of the Guernsey community. Children are now going to school, parents are being empowered to work hard for a brighter future and people once in poverty are now prospering. That makes the pain and hurt of our training worth it.

EPIC7 Training: You may want to try and break us down with hard miles, you may want to drive us to quitting with tiredness every day, you may want to get the better of us so we quit…

BUT…still…like air, we rise.

March Training Statistics for Philip

23

Miles Swam

873

Miles Cycled

120

Miles Run

A look back at 2016

It has been quite a year for us at EPIC Challenges, we have really enjoyed expanding our calendar of events in 2016, which included the first ever EPIC Y-Front Fun Run, Guernsey’s first ever 12hr Endurance Event – EPIC12 and who can forget the Kings Mills Fun Run!

 

Part of our purpose at EPIC Challenges is to create the opportunity for the local community to get active and to push or challenge themselves to do something they haven’t done before. In 2016 that ranged from running 10km in Y-Fronts to support MUG and This Is EPIC, take on a family fun run to support Anthony McMahon & Jonah Gillingham, or to run through the night at EPIC12 or the Moonlight Marathon.

 

We want to make people realise that they can achieve far more than they currently limit themselves to, and on the way to being the best you can be we aim to raise money for our primary beneficiary This Is EPIC and charities that support community needs in Guernsey.

 

In 2016:

 

  • 787 runners participated in our events

  • Over 4,800 miles were run at our events

  • £14,300 was raised for charity 

 

We’re looking forward to 2017, we have already released our ‘save the dates’ for the next version of the Y-Front Fun Run, EPIC12 returns and the EPIC Moonlight Marathon is back for its 4th year.

 

2017 will also see us take on our next challenge but, and more importantly, alongside the challenge we will be launching a community wide challenge to get people active and raise money for charity. This type of community challenge has not been attempted ever before (that our google research shows anyway!), we are very excited and we are also very nervous about our next challenge – but more on that in 2017.

 

Thank you for your amazing support in 2016. We hope you enjoyed our events and enjoyed pushing yourself to go further than ever before. We look forward to seeing you again at our events in 2017!

 

 

#NeverGiveUp

 

 

What if I fall…Oh but what if I fly?

With just 7 days to go until the Manchester Marathon I wanted to share some of the experiences and lessons learnt from setting myself the challenge of running a sub-3 Hour marathon for the first time. Despite the 7 Marathons in 7 Days in 2014, the 48 hour treadmill world record attempt and running over 3500 miles in the last 2 years, I do not consider myself to be an athlete.
The challenges that Warren Mauger and I have taken on over the past 2 years have been all about endurance, stamina, mental strength and distance. This personal challenge of a sub-3 Hour marathon has added the element of pace and speed into the mix and pushing the body to places it has not been before, well not since playing semi-pro football in my early twenties anyway!
I have been asked whether I am confident of achieving the time, and this for me is the main point behind setting a goal or challenge that is beyond the comfort zone. My fastest ever half marathon was 6 years ago, a 1hr 32min, our 7 Marathons in 2014 were run at an average of 5 hour pace, the per mile pace for our training for EPIC48 was around the 9 to 10 minute mile pace and I ran the Jersey Marathon in 2015 in 3hrs 30mins, so speed has not been something I have focused on in the last few years. However, setting the very challenging target of sub 3 hours can help in creating a mindset from the start of training that knew there would be some dark times during training.
When you commit to a challenge you need to realise that the path to achieving the challenge isn’t always going to be an easy one. 
As the date has got closer I have been asked if I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get the sub 3 hour time I have been training for, here’s the thing, I won’t be disappointed. Why not I hear you ask? Well, it is quiet simple, one of the key things that Warren and I learnt over the last two years is the about being the best you can be and learning from the process of being the best you.
We often say that what we learnt about ourselves, the strengths, the weaknesses, as we trained for our challenges and during our challenges actually had a greater long term impact on us that crossing the finish line. 
Irrelevant of the time I achieve on Sunday 10th April in Manchester, without setting the goal I would have never experienced of achieved the following over the past 16 weeks of training:
  • Taking 39 secs off my 5km personal best time
  • Taking 40-odd secs off my 10km personal best time
  • Finishing a 10 mile race in sub 65 mins
  • Running a sub 1hr 30min half marathon
  • Completing a 70 mile training week at an average of 7 min/mile
  • Experienced multiple days where I felt like a sub 3 hour marathon was way beyond me, but learnt to ignore these negative thoughts
  • Experienced the body telling me to stop during long distance fast training runs, and learning to respond by trying to run faster and harder (the body didn’t always respond but it felt good to react in this way)
  • Learnt that by following the plan to the letter my ability to run faster improved significantly – as the plan told me I would
  • Confirmation, again, that the body will go where the mind tells it too
  • Always run happy, even when you don’t enjoy a run or have a difficult training run (don’t beat yourself up). The sun will still rise in the morning.
If I hadn’t set myself a personal goal or challenge beyond where I think I can go then I may not have achieved or experienced the things I have during the past 16 weeks of training. Whether I get a 2hr 56min, 2hr 59min 59 secs or 3 hour+ time in Manchester, the lessons learnt over the past 16 weeks have been invaluable.
For anyone else taking on challenges in the next few weeks, remember how far you have come during training, focus on being the best you, look back at what you have learnt and make sure to run happy and never give up.
If you are thinking about taking on a personal challenge or setting yourself a goal, why not think about pushing yourself that little bit further outside of your comfort zone.
What you become during the process of being the best you will have a greater impact on you than crossing the finish line. 

 

7 Swims in 7 Days – The Lessons Learnt

There was an agreement with our wives prior to our holiday that our running gear would not get packed, thinking that would mean that Warren and I would just sit back and do very little on holiday. Little did we know that two pairs of swimming goggles could have such an impact in 7 days.

The thought of swimming generally fills me with fear, I haven’t done it properly since I was at school. But with a “no running gear ban”, Philip and I had to do something to stop ourselves getting too restless. With great trepidation we entered the “cold” pool at our hotel on day one of the holiday, the pool where only the most hardy dare to splash.

Whilst Warren is filled with fear of swimming, I am more of a thrasher and splasher in the water, at the start of the week it wasn’t very elegant and I am certain it gave the other holiday go-ers a good giggle as they sipped their mojitos.

Length one was completed in a spluttering mess and a “tip of the cap” to all ironman and women who swim 2.4 miles as just one part of their event multi-faceted event. We completed 5 more lengths (the pool was around 35-40 metres in length) and returned to our sun beds and wives feeling pleased as well as gasping for breath. That struggle didn’t put us off, in fact it spurred us on, we committed to swim properly twice a day for the rest of the holiday.

Much like our lessons learnt from our 7 Marathons in 7 Days and the EPIC48 WR Challenge, Warren and I set a target to reach each day, and then usually broke that down into smaller targets.  We discovered very quickly that each day we (felt) we improved significantly when compared to the previous day. This was confirmed by our ‘coach’ and ex-island swimmer Louise Smith (my wife). This is also down to the curvelinear relationship between performance improvement and effort, something that Greg Whyte writes about in his book, Achieve The Impossible. The greatest improvements will happen in the early stages, this is exactly what Warren and I have experienced first hand this week. This isn’t to say that it doesn’t take hard work or comes easy, even through the times of the greatest improvement it still takes hard work and commitment. Spluttering our way to 5 lengths on day one, and by day seven we swam over 100 lengths (approx. 2km) in one day.

Each day we started to feel like the lifeguards were less concerned as we entered the water. Philip and I probably swam 150 meters that first day, on the last day of the holiday we reached 2km, it made the all you can eat buffets more enjoyable. Unfortunately both Philip and I have read “Hell and High Water” by Sean Conway, his story about swimming the length of Britain. Sean’s story often went through our minds as we were remembering our breathing technique!

Philip and I applied the same mental thinking to this mini challenge as we did when we started endurance running nearly two years ago.

  1. Commit – Warren and I committed to swimming every day with the aim of improving technique and distance. 

  2. Tell people – Warren and I told our wives what we were doing which meant we couldn’t back out! 

  3. Set a plan – Our plan was clear, swim every day with the aim of achieving 100 lengths on the final day. 

  4. Never give up – There were times that a 50 length swim felt as if it was going to be a 15 length swim, but as we kept going the body and mind began to believe that we could do it. 

One other thing that Warren and I did was to get some technical advice from a very good swimmer, Louise. A couple of times early in the week she would watch us for a couple of lengths and give us tips on breathing, our kicking and overall technical input. This technical input at an early stage was priceless, as we achieved some great improvements both in terms of technique and distance achieved.

Now Philip and I have grand plans, swim from Guernsey to Herm next August and there’s even talk of a IronMan at some point. No wonder our wives roll their eyes when we start thinking ahead, maybe they should never have agreed to us all going away together!

#NeverGiveUp

The 2015 Jersey Marathon

Philip here, the day after running the Standard Chartered 2015 Jersey Marathon. My wife, Louise, and I signed up for the Jersey Marathon about 6 months ago. I ran it last year with my challenge and running buddy Warren Mauger, about 6 weeks after taking on our 7 Marathons in 7 Days. Warren and I really enjoyed the run in 2014 and it was a no brainer to enter into the 2015 marathon.

Just over 4 weeks ago I completed the challenge of running (moving forward) on a treadmill for 48 hours. In the 48 hours I covered 131 miles, research indicates that the recovery period from this type of run is in the region of 4 to 6 months until your legs are back to being “fresh”.

This was always a concern, would the legs have enough in them to complete the Jersey Marathon and complete it well?

For anyone that thinks running a marathon is “easy” because of all the miles run in the past 18-24 months you are wrong. Irrelevant of how many miles you have run in training or how many crazy challenges you have taken on, 26.2 miles is still a long long way and it takes it toll on both the body and the mind.

Louise was taking on her 1st ever marathon after taking on a strict 12 week training programme (after 6 months out injured with no running). We were both a little nervous on the Sunday morning, but we had planned our pace and had a target time in mind. This is a good bit of advice for anyone running a marathon, think about your pace and have a plan. Yet again the atmosphere at Marathon Village prior to the start was great, and it was helped by an army of Guernsey runners involved in both the full marathon and the relay event. There was a great buzz about the place.

We set-off at 9am, the start line busy with supporters and this carried on as we headed out of St Helier on the marathon course. The support from the side of the road was brilliant, from cow bells being rung to children handing out jelly babies, the encouragement received on-route really helped us focus on achieving the goal we had set, a 3 hour 3o minute marathon. With events like these it is often the detail that counts, and something that the Jersey Marathon did was to print your first name on your race number. As Louise and I ran round the beautiful course supporters, marshals and water-stop volunteers would cheer you on with your first name, a really nice touch. I should also mention the marshals and volunteers, they were clapping every running and cheering people on, which all helped with the atmosphere around the course.

It was my first run in a long while where real pacing came into it. We were checking our watches, making sure we hit a nice rhythm and hit our min/mile targets. We’d also set mini targets, something Warren and I did in our 7 Marathons in 7 Days, we had water stops at 5, 10, 15, 19 and 23 miles. The Jersey Marathon had water stops pretty much every mile or two, but for me, I stuck to the targets that worked well during our 2014 challenge.

We chatted briefly to a very nice American guy who enquired about the 48 hour treadmill World Record Challenge (I was wearing a t-shirt from the event). He asked if I had the record, and when I said “no, I didn’t manage to break” his response was great, “it doesn’t matter the fact you went for it is what is important.” He then went on to tell me to take on the Badwater Ultra Marathon, the world’s toughest foot race. I don’t think Louise was too impressed with that suggestion .

Louise and I both felt comfortable until the last few miles, surprise surprise! Louise started digging in deep around mile 18 and was pulling out min/mile pace of 7:45 (not bad at that stage!) and from mile 22/23 my legs started to feel heavy and clearly had the 48 hour challenge in them! As we turned onto the home straight – the last 3 miles or so along the seafront into St Helier, we were greeted by a force 5/6 headwind, just what you wanted for the final 20 minutes of a marathon.

As we came round the back of the Radisson Blu Hotel we knew there was only 750 metres or so left of the marathon, the noise and support at the finish line was really special, and it was brilliant to cross the line in 3 hours 30 minutes (and about 5 secs). This was Louise’s first ever marathon and we think she finished as the 4th woman, and 2nd Channel Island female runner overall, not bad for your first attempt! For me, it was 23 mins off a PB, the legs survived and I know have a new target of a 3hr 20min marathon.

A big well done to the organisers of the Jersey Marathon, the course is a good one, with a challenging start of a gradual incline, but the support all along the route was fantastic. Post marathon the atmosphere around St Helier was another success factor for the marathon, so many people staying around the marathon village or the Royal Yacht Hotel and enjoying a drink or two.

Really well done Jersey and thanks to all the supporters and volunteers.

 

 

 

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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