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Q&A With Merrell Pack Leader Lowri Morgan
Lowri Morgan Q&A
- Where did your love of the outdoors and new challenges come from?
Like a lot of people, my inspiration came from my parents. They taught me that adventure is only a state of mind so I like to think that every challenge I set myself is some sort of adventure. My first and some of my best memories are of our family adventure holidays, caravanning, surfing on the Gower and travelling across the Dordogne. I wouldn’t know what life would be like without adventure. I’d be lost without it.
- What would an average week of training look like when you’re preparing for an ultra-marathon?
There are three core things you need to prepare: mental strength, physical strength and personal administration (i.e. your systems). When I prepared for my ultra-marathons in the Arctic and Jungle, I trained for three years, sometimes with the Special Forces, and covered close to 10,000 miles. For the Arctic I was running 150 miles a week with 15kgs of sugar on my back. That’s hard but getting your systems right is also key. That means fine tuning the practical things like getting into your sleeping bag, putting your face mask on and learning how to cook blindfolded. When you’re exhausted and dehydrated the simple things are a nightmare.
- Where do you get your motivation from when your body and mind are being pushed to the limit?
You need to believe the experience is worth the pain and know the pain of failure will last much longer than the pain of the race. When I had to remove my toenails in the Arctic, it was the pain of failure which spurred me on. I do these things because I want to push my mind and body, it’s not something I fear. I also don’t train to race. I train because it gives me the freedom and tranquillity, I get to meet some inspirational people and enjoy our beautiful world up close.
- Where in the world would you most like to take on your dream endurance challenge?
I’m fortunate to have travelled the world through racing and my work and I can honestly say there is no one place I’d single out. I’m on a constant learning curve because the beauty of the place never ceases to amaze me.
- What’s the best piece of advice you could give to someone thinking of attempting an ultra-marathon?
You will always have good and bad days but you can’t give up. Embrace whatever comes at you and if you’re faced with the option of taking a calculated risk, take it.
- If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
Someone who was willing to face her fears and do things to the best of her ability without ever giving up.
- What projects have you got lined up in 2013?
I’m currently planning and training for a new adventure which will take me into some of the most remote areas on the planet. More to come on that so watch this space!