Why should the finish line moment be only for the winner? ⠀
We had our finish line hand-stitched in Guatemala by a tailor in El Hato village...it's now probably the best-travelled finish line in the world.⠀
From the Jordanian desert, to a Malawian fishing village, to the the Himalayas...
But you won't just see it when the winner crosses, you'll see it out for every single finisher, because we never wanted an Impact Marathon to feel like any other race. We never wanted you to feel like another number checked off our list. ⠀
We want you to feel powerful, we want you to feel inspired, we want you to feel that this finish line is actually a start line on a new journey...that's the #powerofrunning
1 11918 hours ago
Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like.
“What many times people need is not a brilliant mind but a special heart that listens”-unknown
I hope everyone’s day was full of lots of love💕
2 735 July, 2020
“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only resource is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.” ✨
Training has officially started for my first 100km race in 3 months in Tunisia! 🇹🇳🏃♀️ @ultra_mirage
Doing lots more strength training these days for injury prevention (on top of decent running mileage per week)...but also kicking my mental endurance in high gear with long meditation sitting & running flows.
Would LOVE to hear any & all secret tips to mentally or physically prepare to take the big leap to the 100km ultra! 🙏
📸: last year; in Tsingy Rouge park Madagascar. 🇲🇬
Starting July with a boost of confidence, loving what I do and sharing my passion for running and the outdoors around me 🌿
Who knows what the 2nd half of this crazy year will bring, so let’s enjoy the little things, be positive, let’s be ourselves and accept who we are and our uniqueness 🌿💚
I wish you a beautiful start into this new month 🌻
Today was a commute run, 8km into July admiring the stunning nature all around 💚
Why should you come to an Impact Marathon?⠀
"If you want to get to know a bunch of people ⠀
That are inspiring in their own different way⠀
Whether it's the villagers, the kids , the people who run the community here⠀
Or the other runners that come along⠀
You will be inspired by each and every single person there⠀
You will push yourself outside of your comfort zone⠀
You will do things you never thought you could do⠀
And then, at the end of it,⠀
You'll realise that somewhere along the way⠀
You ran a marathon..."⠀
From Impact Runner to Race Director, @meganalicemason has seen all sides of our races. And in those 5 years, no one has ever described the experience more perfectly.
10 5930 June, 2020
Running into the weekend like...✨
Reclaiming the space in my head & body to run just for 'me' these days...feels incredibly lifting & pretty damn rejuvenating.
And as the universe has it, so many exciting opportunities are popping up as of late...can't wait to share more soon.
How are you celebrating the end of this week? 🏃♀️☀️🥂
My happy place e 8k...in questo periodo senza gare corro a sensazione e senza tabelle, beati tutti quelli che riescono a fare ripetute ecc...io lo ammetto senza lo stimolo di un gara mi piace poco far fatica 😬😬 corro solo perché per me è come mangiare e bere, un gesto naturale, impossibile farne a meno!
5 18021 June, 2020
Standing at the finish line of our first race in Guatemala in 2018, I never wanted to put on another race.⠀
It's the only day I've ever wanted to stop doing what I do.⠀
2 days later, after a pretty challenging debrief, I lay on the roof of the apartment staring at the sky. I was drained. I wasn't sad, I wasn't happy, I was numb.⠀
The thing is, there had been no major repercussions...in fact, we had gotten it 98% right and were it not for just the small escalation of unrelated events, no one, including ourselves, would have seen that we had a 2% hole in our delivery that day.⠀
But that day, our runners had to find that extra 2% within themselves. ⠀
As one runner crossed the finish line he said to me "I love your energy, your passion, everything Nick, but that was a fucking frustrating day out there". It was heart-wrenching and it has played over in my head ever since.⠀
I tried to blame so many different things. I tried to find all the reasons why I shouldn't take responsibility. From other people, to uncontrollable circumstances...I went through it all to find solace.⠀
But I could find none⠀
On that rooftop, staring at the endless shapes of clouds floating across, I didn't have the energy to blame anyone or anything else. And it was only in that moment that I found solace. It was within my acceptance that I was responsible. In owning that 2%, I found my spirits lifted.⠀
Because when I owned those problems I could find ways to fix those problems.⠀
Since that day, I've relished the responsibility of getting to 100%, of simplifying processes to deliver no matter what gets thrown our way on the day. I've had amazing, skilled guys like @mark_maughan, @meganalicemason, @r_wat@runjimmy & @bethanyboll to make it possible. But in the build up to any race, I'll always be seeking out that missing 2%.⠀
On race day morning in Guatemala, as I drive the convoy of team and kit out across the lava fields, you may see me just a touch more charged than normal. The lessons I learnt that day in 2018 may have made every race we've delivered since an immense amount better, yet the emotions of that day will always bubble under the shadow of that Beast of Pacaya.⠀
“Being the first to cross the finish line makes you a winner in only one phase of life. It's what you do after you cross the line that really counts."⠀
- Ralph Boston⠀
You know that nervous excitement you have as you stand in the starting pen at a race? You're excited to finally be there, to have the energy of the runners around you, to take on a challenge. But you're nervous that you might fail, that you might have gotten things wrong, that everyone is faster than you.⠀
But what you don't think about when stood at the start line is the change that is about to happen in your life. Every single time we set ourselves a challenge, and we overcome it. Every single time we step outside the boundaries of what we know is possible. Every single time we complete something, we have changed our lives. Even if it is just a minute amount, imperceptible to your conscious brain.⠀
And when we consistently put ourselves in a position to fail, whether we end up failing or not, we have taken another step towards a habit of overcoming obstacles. And this habit creates an unbreakable strength within us to continually move forward, unperturbed by the voice that tells us that we can't, we shouldn't, we won't.⠀
But you aren't thinking about that when you are stood there in the starting pen, nor should you. As we stand today, with races both a memory and a dream, know that each time you've crossed that finish line you've found a new start line. And a new strength to take on your next challenge.⠀
1 10617 June, 2020
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”⠀
- Nelson Mandela⠀
When we started up our first Impact Marathon in Nepal we did so as the country was emerging from the earthquake that changed lives forever. We saw an important story that was not being told, and we saw a role that running could play in telling that story, and sculpting a new narrative.⠀
Since then, we have run together with our partners in Nepal, and we have seen our numbers grow as charities across the globe began to run with us. We have worked with tiny organisations, we have worked with large ones as well - and there is one thing we have found that unites them all: Audacity. ⠀
They all have the audacity to believe that they have the power to tackle and to overcome the challenges faced in each community. They all have the audacity to not only keep going through challenging times, but to step up and be leaders for others. ⠀
This audacity is shared by the 1000s+ of runners who have run an Impact Marathon.⠀
This audacity is shared by every single person who has worked with us and worked for us.⠀
This audacity is shared by every single person who has supported us.⠀
Thank you for following this journey. Whether you’ve joined an Impact event yet or not, it is your belief in us that has inspired our reaching for even more audacious goals and to continue to unleash the power of running.⠀
3 13316 June, 2020
🔥𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘀?🔥 ... (long read)... 🤓
For me it was last week during a very hard interval training 🥵🤪🤩
I started running more and more after I became a mom (14 years ago) because I needed to get back in shape, loved the outdoors and the freedom to go out there at times of my convenience, being out of the door in only 5 minutes.
Running was and still is my ‘me time’, but over the years I changed from a recreational runner to a marathoner.
I eventually started looking at my pace during my usual 3 rounds in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam(9km) and no, I didn’t run any faster after a few years 🤨 The competitive person in me started wondering why I didn’t make any my progress. I was running about 3 times a week, so did I do something wrong?
When I turned 40 I made a joke that I should by now run 40... 42km 😂 An impossible dream ... Our friend @fspuesens at the table took me for my word and asked me which marathon I would dream running? Without any hesitation I said Paris!! I remember watching the Paris marathon on TV as a child and admire the runners like true heroes 🤩 And this is how I started a new running adventure, my friend Franklin, a multiple marathon runner proposed to train me and to run Paris marathon with me!! As of now my life changed. I discovered a running plan, ran at various tempos and got introduced to 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘀. The intervals are short, intense efforts followed by equal or slightly longer recovery time. You really push yourself during these sessions, in fact they are dreaded by many runners. Adding intervals to my training increased my performance. It’s hard, your lungs are on fire, but if you want to improve you have to push yourself.
This long story to tell you that running is in fact a life experience, you only change and grow when you go out of your comfort zone. .
Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎁 @fspuesens and thank you for being my coach, mentor and friend in this incredible journey 🤩 that led to where I am today, wanting to help others to grow, enjoy their running journey 🥰 and give them the extra push 💥👊
12 9016 June, 2020
*2020 Booking Policy* ⠀
All bookings made in 2020 (for an event in 2020 or future) are subject to one clear policy:⠀
You may transfer your booking, and ALL payments made, to any other Impact Marathon, no deadline, no questions asked.⠀
That's it. Simple.⠀
We have taken our time to talk to our Impact Runners, charity partners and all the people around the world touched by our mission. And the response has been humbling. When you register for an Impact Marathon you are embarking on a journey, not just another holiday. You are trusting Team Impact to take you on this journey and although you may know the physical destination, the emotional, life-changing destination remains unknown, sometimes even still as you return home.⠀
This has, of course, been an immensely challenging time for the travel and events industries, and we have not been immune to this. But the spirit of the Impact Community has buoyed our spirit and energy throughout, and each time someone books with us it is exciting, humbling and inspiring. Amazing times lie ahead.⠀
With the world as it stands, the journey you embark on when you book your Impact Marathon may not end up in the expected destination or timeframe... but, just as with all our Impact Weeks, it may very well take you to exactly where you need to be.⠀
During this time we promise to be 100% honest, open and act with integrity in all our plans. We will continue to put the empowerment of the entire Impact Community at the heart of our decision-making process and ensure that we are an example of an organisation driven by a passion to change the world.⠀
Hit the link in our bio to book your place today
2 9415 June, 2020
This moment, only 6 days ago, still so very much feels like a dream.
At this point, when trying to come to terms with finishing this crazy project, there seems to be only life before Run to Reach...and now life after...this wild adventure.
For the next week, I'll be taking a bit of a mental break from the project to fully soak in the monumental affect the past year has had on my perspective of the world around me.
Still could not have imagined a more special way or place to have completed 30 marathons on my 30th birthday. 🎂🇦🇩
What a wild adventure it has been…
…and still hasn’t fully sunk in that the R2R journey is actually over. 🤪
Or, is it only just the beginning? 🙏
For, now, please check out highlights from Marathon #30 in my stories, showing captivating scenes running 30 miles across Andorra (yes, literally across the country 🇦🇩).
BUT the absolute biggest highlight of all? Raising over $2,000 for @blackvisionscollective, @campaignzero, & @theblackcurriculum during the final fundraising push of this race.
Thank you to each of you who donated to these highly impactful organizations combatting racism and police brutality in the US.
And for the millionth time (I can never tell you enough), thank you so much for having been such a massive part of my journey. 💙
17 66310 June, 2020
Today marks a year of my current health journey 🥳⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This year I've achieved:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✨ 4 stone weight loss⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✨ Consistently running for 30 minutes without stopping⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✨ 162 days alcohol-free⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And you know what? I feel better every day 💪🏻⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So here's a Brighton sunset to make you feel as happy as I am right now 🎉
13 7610 June, 2020
The best kinds of runs are experienced in ALL climates. IE starting marathon #30 at around ~2,300 meters (7,300 ft!) in the SNOW ❄️...and ending in pure ☀️ summer weather.
Still putting together the (final but very exciting!) race recap & responding to the most heart-felt, thoughtful messages.
Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a ginormous part of the journey with me. Still on the biggest 'high'!
More R2R project recaps coming soon too. ❤️
26 6399 June, 2020
Let’s start the week strong 💪
Intervals babe!! It had been way too long since I pushed myself so much 😜🥵
... under the close supervision of Kalisha 🐶😄
And I met my daughter and her class at the track, they had their sports class while I was training. It was fun to be greeted by all the kids, I thought for a moment ... what a cool mom this should be in their eyes... except that, back home I heard a very different version: ‘it was sooo embarrassing!!’🙄
Ahhhhh... teenagers 😅😂
7,5km + circuit: 3 times- 1’planking, 25 leg raises, 2 x side planks, 25 mountain climbers, 25 elbow to knee crunches 👍
This moment. The moment I guess I've been waiting for since saying YES to this crazy idea 18 months ago.
Life is simply unpredictable and never would I have ever had thought marathon #30 would bring me to the tiny but incredibly gorgeous country of Andorra. Unbelievably happy & grateful it did.
It is here that I say goodbye to my 20's and also here where I welcome my 30's tomorrow.
Luckily, I will have very little cell service, so I cannot wait to take on 30 liberating, self-reflecting miles before my 30th birthday tomorrow at exactly 7:34pm CET* (*my birth certificate states that I was born at 1:34pm EST time on June 8th, leaving me most of the day to complete all 30 miles!).
But above all, infinite thank yous for the tremendous amount of love you have given me during this wild journey... and if you are able, please donate to either @blackvisionscollective or @campaignzero - in support of my final race!
Wish me luck for tomorrow ❤️
& thank you @andorraworld for showing me an incredible time so far! 🇦🇩
About yesterday ...
How a 5km run can transform your day, for the better 😍🧚🏻♀️
Maybe I was running for the wrong reason... let’s call it running away... I so needed this run
To inhale the energy and the positivity
To exhale the stress and the frustrations
28 degrees, not my favorite running temperature 🥵 but with good music 🎶 you keep going 🏃🏻♀️
I pushed my body, getting rid of the negativity accumulated for the past few days and hours.
Then comes the rain that washes all away, people looking for shelters under the trees, me running like a dance through the heavy rain drops 💦 to clear my mind, to find peace ☺️
And it worked 🙏
I came back home soaking but with a big smile again 😃
The magic of running ✨💫🌟❤️
It happened on #globalrunningday 😍
#globalrunningday I got in a hot/humid/hilly lunch break 5k then easy 6 miler on the treadmill while the babies napped. I love running. I’m so happy I have it in my life. I’ve met some of my best friends through running! It changed my life and I’m so grateful!
Today is global running day 🏃♀️ A worldwide celebration of running that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get moving.
We are fortunate to live in a place that provides plenty of space to run with beautiful scenery to make it more enjoyable.
Dust off your trainers, grab a friend and take a stride towards leading a fitter and healthier life.
If you've never run before and want to start head towards the app store in your phone and download a couch to 5km app, they're the perfect place to start or drop me a message and I will help as much as I can.
100% STILL ON A RUNNER’S HIGH AFTER SUNDAYS #R2RVIRTUALMARATHON . 🕺🏽🌎🏃♀️
Completely pinching myself with the incredible amount of money that was raised ($12,500! 🥳) for the @who and the various women-empowerment organizations I have been so lucky to work with over the course of this incredible 18-month journey.
Completely overwhelmed with gratitude toward each #R2RVirtualMarathon -er's incredible generosity and compassion for others, especially during such a difficult time. 🙏🤍
With Marathon #30 just around the corner (in 10 DAYS TIME!), I am still scrambling to find a location to clock in the final race of this life-changing adventure! 🤔🗺🤪
Have been pretty busy over the last few days reaching out to embassies ☎️🏛…but it looks like I may have devised an exciting plan! 🏃♀️💥
Any guesses on where MARATHON #30 might take place?! (hint: it is within the EU)
62 78928 May, 2020
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These projects are hard hitting. The Impact Runners spent the morning visiting with two charities in Kathmandu; a refuge for women living with HIV and a Burns Victim Survivors charity that provide medical care for those suffering from life changing burns.
Something that hit us all was how disproportionately women are affecting in both instances. The majority of the burns occur from kitchen accidents and acid attacks. The women often wait up to 10 days to visit the hospital post-burn, waiting until they become infected before seeking treatment. They can’t afford the fee for the ambulance so they use public buses to get to the capital (which must be excruciatingly painful). BVS charity provides free care for those in need. Many of our runners brought out much needed medical supplies and fundraised to help them continue their work.
The other part of the group visited Shakti Milan Samaj where we learned how poorly women with HIV can be treated here - they are stigmatized, outcast and sometimes abused oftentimes by the husbands and families. Whilst some women have contracted HIV as a result of being trafficked, the majority at the centre have contracted it from their husbands. The charity provide treatment, nutrition support and housing for the women and children as well as financial and emotional support.
These visits were a great reminder of why we are here and the role that @impactmarathon plays in the locations they work in. #NepalImpact#impactmarathonseries#impactmarathon#powerofrunning pc @m_j_b_photo
*IMPACT AMBASSADOR - SALLY McRAE*
We are THRILLED to be able to announce Nike trail ultra-distance athlete, three times Western States competitor, Mother of two and all round super Woman @yellowrunner as an Impact Ambassador! No stranger to running up and down Mountains for hours on end Sally is also incredibly passionate about inspiring others around her to live their best lives. ‘I fell in love with the trail community and the opportunities the races brought to explore the World’. We couldn’t agree more! Sally will be joining us in the Himalayas of Nepal this November… ‘The trips look incredible and the purpose is really powerful - I love it.’ @yellowrunner - BOOM!
Sunset is one of my favourite times in Kathmandu. Not for the views of the mountains which are often shrouded in dust pollution but because that's when so many of the markets spring to life.
Along the major arteries, roadside restaurants pop up serving take away dinners to Nepalis on their way home from work. Literally steps away from the buses beeping their way through the traffic belching fumes everywhere, it's a strange setting for eating out.
Here this man is steaming buff momos, one of Nepal's most famous foods. I've found over the years that the best momos are from places like this, fresh and straight from the steamer, although it can take the stomach a couple of days to adapt!
18 14913 November, 2017
6 WEEKS OUT 🏃🏼🌍
Getting absolutely stoked for my first ever Marathon! This March, I’ll be travelling to Antigua, Guatemala for this adventure, which will include tackling 2 of the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development:
•Quality Education ✏️
•Reduced Inequality 🚻
10 of my colleagues and I will be representing Team Canada among volunteers and runners from around the world. Each of the local charities that we will be partnering with have been endorsed by the UN, and have a mandate that addresses 1 of the 2 Global Goals ☝🏼
....capping off the week with a casual 42km race up an active volcano 🌋🙃
For more information/to make a donation to Team Canada, please check out the link in my bio! We are paying for this trip on our own dime, and 100% of the funds raised will go to the charities that we will be supporting in Guatemala 🇬🇹 - #ImpactMarathonSeries#PowerOfRunning#TeamCanada
23 34230 January, 2018
A wander through kathmandu is a delight for the senses. Around every corner in every doorway is a small business with workers plying their trade.
Here craftsmen carve prayers into stones using tiny chisels. The sit like this for hours at a time producing these artefacts for tourists to buy. It's only when you stop to watch them for a bit that you realise the skill and effort that goes into making them, and definitely makes you think twice about how much you bargain!
9 12213 November, 2017
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