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Hey there, Don't forget to log in and the conversation Log in. By Alice Morrison. For some runners it is about personal fitness, for others it is about winning, some just love to run, some need to break themselves, but for all of us it is about taking on challenges and getting through them. Rob Pope, has taken on something pretty extraordinary. He ran across the United States and now he is running back again. We caught up with him to find out what it is all about. Rob Pope and I just felt like running. I appear to getting known more as Robla, my nickname these days, but that's cool with me.
This challenge sounds insane — twice across the US. Where are you at with it? I started my run on the 15th September, The same day of the year that Forrest started his run. Apart from the sheer joy of doing it, what do you hope to achieve with the run?
The reason why I went this route was to try and maximise the appeal of the run to raise as much money as I could for my two charities, the WWF and Peace Direct. I chose my causes after a line in the film where they ask Forrest what he was running for. In fact, through these two charities, I cover all bases. As a vet and a keen environmentalist, the WWF was a natural choice and after hearing about Peace Direct through a friend, then doing my own research, I have developed unbelievable respect for their work.
People can donate via the website: www. Tell us about your daily routine when you are running — the hours, nutrition, breaks…. I generally get up about 7 am after a couple of snooze bashes. Breakfast is typically a two stage affair. I drink a lot of milk. Second breakfast is a huge bowl of porridge with about 50ml golden syrup and jam in. Hydration wise, I just try to stay ahead of the game. With such a massive adventure, what kind of crew do you have supporting you? One of them has gone from being a non-runner to entering his first half this spring, in Reading. More niggles, less time on my hands, but managing it at the moment.
Being in Tombstone for election night in a proper Wild West saloon was pretty unique. Q: We all know that running is a mind game. How do you keep your head straight for this kind of a challenge? The scenery is stunning and I often get through with the help of my music which I have on most of the time. Bruce Springsteen, Nick Cave and Coldplay feature heavily on my running playlists. So that and injury are my biggest stressors currently. I use the charity aspect as a big motivation and I imagine how impressive my beard will be, if I manage to get through the full plan!
How did you make the move into ultras? You were a very speedy marathon winner with some great wins under your belt, but this is a different kind of thing. I took a leap of faith. Better to die trying than to live wondering is a good motto, I reckon. This was a 50km, with an unlimited distance category. Off I went for another 25km…. The million dollar question — how did you train and prepare for this? I tried to have a good core and improve my flexibility a bit in advance of the anticipated negative effects on these, but to prepare for this properly, you basically have to do it.
It depends. I want to look back on this with fondness and a sense of achievement. I just hope that this will be in early in Monument Valley, surrounded by friends old and new, possibly with a huge gaggle of runners trailing me into the distance. Best of luck to Rob aka Forrest! If you want to him for a leg, donate or just find out more, all the information is on his website:. YouTube: Rob Pope. Instagram: Run. Rob Pope and his partner Nadine are one of the nicest and craziest couples I know!! They make things happen and more importantly believe in what they do!!!
Rob, tell us a little bit about yourself. Photo credit: Nadine Strawbridge. Your causes are clearly really important to you. How did you choose them? Tell us about your daily routine when you are running — the hours, nutrition, breaks… A. How is it going generally? What are your highs and lows? Off I went for another 25km… Q. So, how much longer have you got to do and where will the finish be? If you want to him for a leg, donate or just find out more, all the information is on his website: Twitter: runroblarun Facebook: Runroblarun YouTube: Rob Pope Instagram: Run.
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