He’s got an uncanny knack for finding new ways to push his body to extremes, though his most recent endeavor is borderline insane—both mentally and physically. He’s running 30 treadmill marathons in 30 days—and you complain about logging a few miles on the belt—and sharing his challenge on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook LIVE Tonight 7:30pm (UK Time) ― ― ― ― ― ― ― ― ― ― Marathon 15 of 30 (half way) I'll do be doing a LIVE weigh in, Q&A (diet, training, supplements)! Get over to Facebook & get involved (link below) www.facebook.com/rossedgleywriter ― ― ― ― ― ― ― ― ― ― image courtesy of my brobarian @simon_snhfoto @snhfoto
In his videos, Edgley says he was inspired to start the challenge in the wake of the New Year, when he realized he missed the discipline that comes with training for a purpose. On Sunday, he hit the halfway mark and answered some fan questions about his routine on Facebook Live.
Marathon 2 of 30 #ManVsMarthonFood I had a MUCH better run (2 hours 58 minutes) on the @bulldoggear treadmill fueled on @theproteinworks pancakes last night (image courtesy of the LEGEND @snhfoto )High in fats and carbohydrates, I love this approach to endurance nutrition. Why? Taken from my #WorldsStrongestMarathon article… "Sports scientists stated that, “The number of grueling events that challenge the limits of human endurance is increasing. Such events are also challenging the limits of current dietary recommendations.” The authors then added that traditionally high carbohydrate diets have been favored but, “There are some situations for which alternative dietary options are beneficial”. I’m not sure of the exact criteria but running a marathon while pulling a car maybe qualifies as one of those “situations”. Why? Because scientists from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford stated that the energy needed to sustain exercise for a long period of time needs to come from two fuels —carbohydrates and fats. Interestingly they found fats (avocadoes, nuts and coconut oil) were a more sustainable fuel source and provide the “largest energy reserve in the body” that can provide enough energy to last about five days. In comparison, carbohydrates (sports drinks, pasta, oats, rice and bread) stored in the body are limited and at most provide energy to sustain 100 minutes of exercise. So on 22 January at Silverstone race circuit what will be on the menu? Fats or carbohydrates? The answer is both. Thinking outside the (lunch) box, for the past eight months I've created a variety of nutritionally engineered recipes using this carbohydrate-fat-dual approach to nutrition that I’ve trialed at various endurance events." …………………………………………………………….. Get signed up (FREE) to my newsletter (link in bio) to see how I train and eat for 2017
Edgley has run largely on a combined source of carbohydrates and fats. “Scientists from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford stated that the energy needed to sustain exercise for a long period of time needs to come from two fuels—carbohydrates and fats,” he wrote in an Instagram post about his run. “Interestingly they found fats (avocadoes, nuts and coconut oil) were a more sustainable fuel source and provide the ‘largest energy reserve in the body’ that can provide enough energy to last about five days. In comparison, carbohydrates (sports drinks, pasta, oats, rice and bread) stored in the body are limited and at most provide energy to sustain 100 minutes of exercise.”
Marathon 10 of 30 tonight – Add me on Snapchat for updates: RossEdgley …………………………………………………………….. People ask me why? I wonder this too, haha! No, but seriously 2016 was awesome! But this year I want to objectively have everything measured and monitored so we can challenge what many people thought the human body was capable of! To quote the Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, "I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it." …………………………………………………………….. Get signed up to my (FREE) newsletter so you don't miss out (link in the bio). Image courtesy of the HUGE legend that is @snhfoto
One thing that makes his marathon-a-day challenge even more impressive is the fact that Edgley is still incorporating regular lifting into his routine. (He advises against attempting something so intense if you’re not well-trained, however.)
Edgley is known for taking on physical challenges, including completing a triathlon with a 100-lb tree on his back and dubbing it a “tree-athlon.”
There's rumours the Tree-athlete might ride again in 2017 😉 haha! Hope everyones having an awesome start to 2017! Let's dream BIG and train BIGGER! ANYONE who needs help, get signed up (FREE) to my newsletter (link in bio) for workouts and diet plans throughout 2017 (image, as always, taken by the legend that is @jamesappletonphotography )
Edgley was also featured by Red Bull for completing a marathon while pulling a 1,400-kilo (a little over 3,000-lb) MINI Countryman behind him. The “#WorldsStrongestMarathon” took him 19 hours, 36 minutes and 43 seconds to finish.
World's Strongest Marathon (Photoshoot) ——————————————— BOOM! Photoshoot with @miniuk at @tattonpark (my favourite place in Cheshire) Also it's now official, DATE: Friday 22nd January! More details to follow including location. My newly announced involvement with @teamsportsaid and #SupportTheNext @niketraining My nutrition with @theproteinworks for the stunt and the videos captured on my @gopro Hero 4's as part of their #BeHero campaign and much, much more 🙂 ——————————————— BIG "thank you" to everyone who's "liked" or commented, honestly your support has made training over winter that much more bearable 🙂 Hugely appreciate it!!! #WorldsStrongestMarathon
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