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Author: Adam Du Plooy

It would never happen to me……..

Define Risk; –  A probability or a threat of damage, injury, loss, or any other negative occurrence that is caused by external or internal vulnerabilities, and that may be avoided through preemptive action. I have always been a risk taker, and at times I have put myself in harms way while out trail running, or durning open water swims and surfski paddling. I would not say that I am reckless, however, reflecting on an incident about 3 years ago, I look back and think just how naive I was. In an instant, your life could change dramatically, affecting not...

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Never. Give. Up. Leave no stone unturned.

I am jolted from my deep slumber by a massive cramp in my calf muscle, it hits me like a bolt of lightning and in an instant I am sitting straight up in my sleeping bag screaming into my buff. This is not the first cramp of the week, and I am pretty sure it will not be the last. My body feels like that of a 5000 year old Egyptian mummy as I am locked into my upright position. My entire body is hurting. A lot. I knew this week was going to hurt, however, nothing could have...

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Rob Krar – The Interview

Rob Krar exploded onto the Ultra Running scene in 2013 when he finished 2nd to Timothy Olson. Over the last three years Rob has established himself as a top competitor, someone able to run his fellow competitors into the ground with his grit a determination. Rob Krar is one of the most humble and gentle running souls out there, and it was an absolute pleasure to speak to Rob and talk about Western States 100 and his journey dealing with depression. An absolute Legend. Thank you for taking the time to speak to Ultrarunner ZA. URZA – When did...

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Barkley Marathons. Not all pain is gain…

The marathon, at a distance of 42.195km, was once considered by many to be the ultimate test of human endurance. Legend has it that a Greek messenger, Pheidippides, ran from Marathon to Athens in 490BC to announce that the Persians have been defeated in the battle of Marathon, in which Pheidippides was fighting in. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming Nenikekamen, “We have wοn”, before collapsing and dying.  I have pondered about this legend many a times before and asked my self the question, ‘I wonder that if Pheidippides had...

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Charlie Engle – The Interview

WARNING – This podcast may inspire you to deeds of awesomeness and the search for the ultimate adventure of a lifetime. What a great opportunity it was to chat to Charlie Engle about some of his greatest races and achievements ranging from turning up for a 5k fun run in Australia, only to find out it is actually a 50k, then to bite the bullet and win his first ever Ultra. Charlie believes that suffering is the greatest teacher of all and that you should change your relationship with pain. Charlie is known for his unprecedented 111-day run across...

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