Day 410 – United Kingdom
@prostatecanceruk needs your help!
1️. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
2️. Over 400,000 men are living with and after the disease in the UK.
3️. Every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 11,500 men every year.
If you’re male, over 40 and haven’t thought about prostate cancer, you should, especially if you’re black or have a family history of it. If you’re black, the chances of having prostate cancer are doubled – one in eight white men vs one in four black men. Please talk to your GP about having a PSA test. Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can contact Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or online via www.prostatecanceruk.org
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PLEASE DONATE. This expedition exists because I met a man called Kev. Kev will die from prostate cancer, leaving behind a family and hundreds of loved ones. Please help me raise £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. This money can be used to begin a national screening programme and help prevent other men from dying from the disease.
Today was another day pacing up and down, trying to remember all the bits and pieces I have to do before I rejoin the mission, It’s so nice to have a few days to re-pack, re-assess and generally crack on with all the stuff I don’t usually have time to do, like wash. I’ve picked up my malaria meds, charged all my devices, chatted with my dad about the next phase, and spent most days gorging on home cooking – a real treat to have my mum’s cooking again. I popped to the doctor’s today for a quick check-up, and to make sure my body wasn’t falling apart. I’m partnering with @thrivahealth a new pinprick blood test that will show me what my body is doing on a more regular basis. Let’s see what happens with this. Check them out.
Day 411 – United Kingdom
Betway Hackney Half Marathon, and catching up with family (and the dog) around the fire.
My mum, dad and brother are sitting snoozing on the sofa around the lounge fire. We are full of mum’s tasty dinner and the dog is sitting to attention, his eyes longing for us to play with him, his tail flinging from one side to the other, scraping along the carpet. We are all too tired, sorry Barney. We slip down the sofa in our full, lazy state. It’s nice to have a full belly and a toasty fire crackling away. Soon, though, I’ll be back out on the road, with home comforts and family left behind. We share stories of travel, flight frustrations, talk about prostate cancer, cancer in general, and reflect on the many close family and friends in our life who have sadly been taken by the disease. Being home for a short time gives me perspective and context on the world. My dad has a huge map in the kitchen with small black dots stuck to every country I’ve been to. I must thank them all for the support so far, although words don’t really cut it. We have a moment – the four of us, sitting looking at the map in wonder – and I think the feeling was anticipation – 80 more to go, 80 more countries and I will have completed the expedition. By November 2019 my dream should be realised, thanks to all of you.
I managed to squeeze in a quick talk with the guys and girls at Betway today. A big bunch of them are training for their first half marathon, so I popped over to tell them about my journey, and give them a few tips and tricks. It always seems strange to give advice about marathon running because it’s just one foot in front of the other followed by exactly the same thing again and again, until you’ve done it about 40,000 times. Simple. Of course I jest; there’s rather a lot more to it if you intend to do so without pain, without injury and fast enough to feel satisfied with yourself. On a similar note, the people who give me advice in my life have such a high standing in my world that giving advice should come with some authority… and I guess I do now have some authority because I’ve run nearly 500 marathons, but I’m just a guy who likes to run a lot. 🙈
Day 412 – United Kingdom 🇬🇧 Stats update!
My 96-week expedition to be the first person to run a marathon distance in every country in the world 🌍 – tomorrow I begin phase 8 of my journey, Asia.
Stats since January 6th 2018, after 412 days on the road:
116/196 marathons 🏃♂
116/196 countries 🌎
5,148,000 steps running 🏃♂
1,200,000 calories burned 🍽
3,039 running miles 🏃♂
20 extra little runs, just because…
141 countries flown to 🗺
201 total flights 🛩
136 big planes ✈️
65 tiny planes 🛩
45 trains 🚂
15 buses 🚌
280 taxis 🚕
9 cars 🚘
72 metro 🚇
0 carbon footprint 👣
100% carbon offset
2,595 daylight miles 🌕
444 darkness miles 🌑
–25°C lowest temperature ❄
+44°C highest temperature ☀
59 rain days ☔️
18 paid bribes 💰
2 broken-down cars 🚘
5,100 kilometres driven 🚙
299,100 photos taken 📷
4/6 World Majors completed 🌍
£22,000+ JustGiving (we need more)
35 live TV interviews
100+ media articles and interviews
20 British Ambassadors
40 school talks
2,000+ new friendly faces
3,500 tablets 💊
200 Pulsin bars
88 McDonald’s 🍟
2 braii 🔥
55 brownies 🍫
200 room service 🏨
190 pasta dishes 🍝
129 crap food days 🍔
90 no meal days ✖
0 alcohol 🍷
300+ @athleticteaco teas! THE BEST!
200+ chocolate bars 🍫
1 dog bite 🐕
1 mugging 🏧
1 tooth infection 💉
305 painkiller-free days 💊
149 malaria tablets 💊
129 different beds 🛏
150 hotels 🏨
8 hostels 🏘
29 host families 🏠
19 guest houses 🏡
200+ airports 🛣
5 tents ⛺
4 yurts ⛺
22 campfires 🔥
So many new friends 👥
88 animals seen
14 languages 🗣
2 tribes 🗿
29 volcanoes 🌋
5 mountain ranges 🏔
5 continents 🌎
PLEASE DONATE – Link in my bio!
Day 413 – London, UK 🇬🇧 to Singapore 🇸🇬 via Mumbai, India 🇮🇳
The key to running a marathon in every country in the world is to put one foot in front of the other, and to do it enough times. What this doesn’t tell you is just how logistically challenging it is – not the act of running, of course, that’s pretty self-explanatory. The rest, however, is tough.
Today was a day of travel, saying goodbye to the motherland and off once again for the next phase of my journey:
10:05 Depart London Heathrow
00:40 Land in Mumbai, late, and head straight to gate
02:00 Depart Mumbai
10:10 Land in Singapore
After a short layover and nearly 24 hours in transit I made it to my next destination, country 117, Singapore. I had four seats to myself on the London to Mumbai leg, of which I slept for roughly 5 hours. Bliss, as far as plane sleep can go. I was then in the middle seat for 5 hours to Singapore. Needless to say I arrived tired. Very tired.
Please continue to support this journey and my mission to raise £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. If you can afford to donate, please put your hand in your pocket. Every penny counts. The UK needs a national screening campaign so men can get checked easily and quickly.
I hope to be the first person to run a marathon in every country in the world by November this year, but more than anything I’d love to see my friend Kev at the finish line and tell him we hit the target and we can help stop men dying from prostate cancer. To donate, just click the link in my biography bit, and follow the steps. The money goes through JustGiving to Prostate Cancer UK.
Day 414 – London, UK 🇬🇧 via Mumbai, India 🇮🇳 to Singapore 🇸🇬 continued
Hotel robots, disorientated sleep, Supertree Grove, stunning views and sleep, lots of sleep.
Following on from yesterday’s long travel day I landed at 10ish this morning, here in Singapore.
The disorientated sleep feeling really sucks. I am now 8 hours ahead of UK time and feeling the difference. I’ve tried to avoid as many long haul flights on this journey to allow my body to rest and recover. Sometimes, though, it’s simply unavoidable. I slept until 5pm today, which is probably not the right thing to do, but I tend to not fight the tiredness. I’m too tired to fight it, if that makes sense.
After some sleep I started to realise where I was, and generally came around from what felt like a general anaesthetic. I went to the famous Supertree Grove and got lost. It’s safe to say my brain was not functioning at its best.
After finding my way out of the gardens, and putting my drone up to get some cool pics, I went straight back to bed. I’ve hardly eaten anything, but I’m just blooming tired. Mid sleep I discovered that the hotel has these cool robots that can bring water to your room. I loved the novelty but also needed the water, so I was sure to give this a try.
The final thing to mention from today is my strange bathroom. My room is small, with hardly any room to move around in without stepping on or tripping over my bag. The bathroom is a glass partition – frosted glass room side, but the other side is a floor-to-ceiling window. How odd.
Day 415– Singapore 🇸🇬, Marathon 117
An early and lovely start to the day – the morning light behind the buildings, and with the city still fast asleep, the roads were empty as I ran down to the water from the hotel. The smell in each city is always pretty different, and here is no exception. It’s clean, very clean and there’s a stillness to the city. The warm air on my face is a reminder that it’s going to be pretty damn hot today. It’s not even light yet and I’m sweaty within minutes of stepping outside. Here comes Asia. With the distant sound of dustbin men and early morning taxi drivers going about their business, I soon made it to the water and was in the heart of the city. Or the tourist side, anyway.
Despite the tiredness the jet lag had worked in my favour to wake me up at the right time. I started at about 6am and ran to a monument to meet Chas at 7am. I’d managed 4 slow miles in the first 45 minutes because I was taking photos and generally being a lazybones. Chas and I have a friend in common – Adrian is his name. He put us in touch so Chas could show me around. With a 200km bike ride behind him yesterday, it was really nice of him to drag his body out of bed to help me on my way today. We ran together for just over a half marathon.
The route was fantastic – along the water, over the barrage, around the other side of the city and out along a beautiful coastal path. A beach and various sports people were our backdrop to today’s marathon. So many cyclists, joggers, skateboarders, roller-bladers, gym people, the list goes on. There were so many people being active today. They did all disappear after the sun came out, but it was a real treat to be amongst such like-minded people.
I had dinner at Marina Bay Sands tonight and watched the light show over the water. I then took myself off to bed again. A great day, but I’m tired, and need to catch up on sleep.
Day 416 – Singapore 🇸🇬 to Brunei 🇧🇳
Flight 202 of the journey, lack of sleep and feeling like I’m going to fall asleep writing this.
The importance of sleep has been playing on my mind lately. I’ve watched TED Talks and read various articles about sleep over the years, and I’m well aware of how important it is. The knowledge of how important it is, and the reality of not getting enough of it, means I’m extra-keen to sleep more. I’m just so tired at the moment.
Thanks to my body clock being out of sync I was awake too early this morning. I filled the time with fast food and being lazy. I left the city at 12.10pm and arrived into Brunei at 2.10pm, where I am now already half-asleep in bed. Country number 118 is hot and I can already feel it will be a hard slog to get out of bed tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, and for my sleep pattern to settle down. It’s all a bit of a blur at the moment. I did, however, sleep the entire journey today; I didn’t even wake up for food.
Talking of sleep, here’s the top 10 reasons why sleep is important:
1️⃣ Sleep improves your immune function.
2️⃣ Good sleepers tend to eat fewer calories.
3️⃣ Good sleep can improve concentration and productivity.
5️⃣ Good sleep can maximise athletic performance.
6️⃣ Poor sleep can make you fat (I think I’m probably good on this point).
7️⃣ Poor sleepers have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke.
8️⃣Sleep affects glucose metabolism and risk of type 2 diabetes.
9️⃣ Poor sleep is linked to depression.
1️⃣0️⃣ Sleep affects emotions and social interactions.
Bonus point: Poor sleep is linked to increased inflammation.
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