I Lost EIGHT Stone & RAN A 100-MILE Ultramarathon | Podcast #248

I Lost eight stone & ran a 100 mile ultramarathon, features Richard Wilcox, a veteran of the Staffordshire Regiment.

I Lost EIGHT Stone & RAN A 100-MILE Ultramarathon

Richard Wilcox served with the Staffordshire Regiment. After suffering with PTSD, Richard became seriously overweight during the first lockdown period in 2020. He decided to change his lifestyle. After watching videos of ultra running online, he was inspired to take up the sport. He signed up for a 100 mile race and spent a year in intense training. By the end of that year, he’d lost eight stone in the process.

Richard has now taken on 30 marathons in thirty days, to raise money for the mental health charity, Combat Stress. In total, Richard ran for 150 hours and covered more than 790 miles. He’d climbed a total elevation of 61,582ft, equating to getting to the summit of Everest twice. So far, his extraordinary efforts have raised just over £1,500 for Combat Stress. Thank you to Andrew Marshall for bringing Richard’s story to our attention.

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Richard – I used to get pretty out of breath just going up the stairs and just walking up a slight incline. A hill would have me out of breath and I would have to stop if it was a big hill. There was one ill on holiday and it was probably about 500 meters, with quite a steep incline. I’d stop off wide just for a breather and my grandkids on another holiday were making fun of me.

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Ultramarathon Man | Dean Karnazes | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #244

Ultramarathon man features Dean Karnazes, who is an American long distance running legend and best-selling author.

Ultramarathon Man | Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes is an American ultramarathon runner and best-selling author. By an early age, Dean had already hiked across the Grand Canyon and climbed Mount Whitney. Some of his notable achievements include running 350 miles without sleep, running numerous marathons across the world and winning many tortuous long-distance races. He has also been featured on many popular television shows, such as The Late Show with David Letterman and is a popular author with his books detailing his career.

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Dean – I was drunk on my 30th birthday and at midnight I said i’m leaving the pub. They said where are you going, the night’s young, let’s have another round of Tequila to celebrate. I said no I’m going to run 30 miles to celebrate instead. I said but I was still going do it and I walked out of the bar. I’ll never forget I didn’t even own running gear but I had on these comfortable silk underwear like silk boxer shorts. So I peeled off my pants, threw them down the alleyway and just started stumbling off into the night.

Heading south there was a town called Half Moon bay which was 30 miles away and that’s where I set my sights. Food is always a major theme in the middle of the night, as as any ultrarunner knows. As we’re getting older, we’re trying to refine our act which is I think it’s good credit to our generation.

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