Posts made in November, 2013

A visit to the (running) clinic

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Running | 0 comments

Running barefoot has been a central pillar of our run the length of South America. We trained for three months before the challenge began, re-training in the barefoot running technique (discussed previously), and working remotely with our coach using video and skype calls to check on our running form. Using this preparation we ran 6,504 miles in 15 months. Last week we had the opportunity to be guinea pigs in a train-the-trainer workshop in Vivobarefoot’s London training centre. Better late than never we thought. And a chance to see if we had successfully achieved the transition to supreme...

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Back to School !

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Conservation, Running, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

“Nothing has changed!” I tell the new head mistress, “but the ceilings seem a bit lower”, as we stroll these small, colourfully decorated corridors which looked so spacious thirty years ago! We may have finished the running part, but “Running South America” continues back on home shores as we visit our former schools (and others who have followed us through the “BigToe” Classroom) to share our adventure and passion for the natural world. During the run itself we provided many ad hoc presentations with schools we passed on the road, and we discovered it was the perfect...

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Chatting with Roz Savage on her wonderful Adventure Podcast

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We have met so many people in the course of running South America, before, during and after, but very rarely do you stumble upon a kindred spirit in this world. We have long followed Roz Savage and her goliath ocean rowing exploits, and when she invited us to talk with her on her fantastic Adventure Podcast we were  honoured and readily accepted. The real treat though was to find that we talked the same language, were worried about similar themes and had so very much in common in our outlook for the future.   Click the PLAY button to listen through the laughter and Roz’s dulcet...

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Questions on Running & Wildlife in South America

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Questions | 0 comments

We visited a marvellous Devon primary school, Landscore, who we have been sharing stories with ever since we sailed from the UK to work in international conservation in 2008. We were really excited to meet up with their Headmaster Mr Read again, as well as all the teachers and school children. The children asked us loads of fab, juicy, questions. We love asking questions and so are delighted that more have arrived! Check out our answers below…………… From Mrs Houston’s Class (Year 2) Q.1.How many schools did you go to in South America? (Archie) We had a...

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Why did we Choose to Run South America?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard, Birds, Mammals, Waddle on the Wildside, Wildlife Moment Of The Week, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

We chose to run South America because we thought we might only be able to run such a very long way, 6504 miles, once in our lives. And in that case, it would have to be the most wildlife and plant rich place in the world. With the largest tropical rainforest, the biggest river, longest mountain chain, most bird, monkey and amphibian species and so much more… it was very clear, South America it had to be! We got to know some amazing wildlife and wildlands along the way, including snakes, giant anteaters and guanacos. So why not check out this video and meet them! Then put on your...

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