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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 (more…)
“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 (more…)
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 tones as we talk honestly about the expedition on the virtual couch . . . .
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……………
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 running shoes, go outside and find your own wild neighbours!
We’re heading down to Plymouth in a couple of minutes to sit on the sofa with a BBC Spotlight presenter to chat about our running expedition. If all goes to plan we should be on screen on BBC 1 between 1830-1900 tonight. Bicycles are at the ready to climb over the Devon ‘peaks’ and catch our train south……
The Independent Blog: Eight marathons in eight days and we are in the Caribbean Sea after running 6,504 miles across South America
Fifteen months ago, just as the Olympic gun resonated through the streets of London, bracing ourselves against a blizzard at the southerly-most point of continental South America, we began our race to run the length of the continent.
Ever since, we have been pulling our trailer, day-on-day, through ice, snow, hurricane-force winds, over 45°C heat, nearly 100 per cent Amazonian humidity, knee-deep mud, exhausted, vomiting, attacked by swarms of insects, but determined that every step forward will pull us closer to our goal. Now, finally, we have dived into the Caribbean Sea with mighty brown pelicans and magnificent frigatebirds spiralling over our heads and it feels amazing!
Couple sponsoring BirdLife are first in the world to run the entire length of South America unsupported, but supported nature throughout
Imagine how it would feel to run into the Caribbean Sea… Now imagine running into the Caribbean Sea after having run a marathon whilst pulling a trailer weighing up to 100kg… Now imagine running into the Caribbean Sea after having run a marathon almost every day with a trailer for 15 months!
This is the feeling the Katharine and David Lowrie experienced yesterday when they became the first people in the world to run the entire length of South America, unsupported, as part of their “5000mile Project”.
“There were some really tough parts when you’re tired and hungry and your body is screaming in pain, but then there would be another incredible view to lift you out of the low points,” Katharine remembers.
And amongst the elation of realising a dream, the record-breaking couple are also very mindful of the wildlife habitats they have run through, raising money for BirdLife International and our Partner in Bolivia, Asociacion Armonia. Their achievement received praise and admiration from HRH Prince of Wales and for running for “such a vitally important cause.”
“We felt it was time we paid our rent for living on this extraordinary planet,” said David. “We decided to show…