Therefore, to prepare for this I have to break things down into manageable stages:
1: Fitness: A lot of people think that to train for a multiday run you just need to run lots. I disagree. You need to build up your running fitness, work on quick recovery, train your body to push through pain and operate on minimal sleep. You also need to build up general strength, especially your core, back and shoulders, especially if you are running with 10kg on your back.
2: Logistics: This is the difficult part. You need to come up with a plan that puts you in the best place to achieve success. Obviously, the route you choose determines how difficult this is but the more you do the more challenging you want it to be. For Iceland, I am giving myself 20 days to complete – that is from leaving my house to returning.
3: Kit: For me this is the fun part. For this adventure it is all about lightweight, packable kit that performs in a wide range of environments. The essentials are pretty obvious: backpack, tent, sleeping bag, cooker, clothing, shoes and navigation. But in each one of these categories there are numerous options and pros & cons. Every time I run, I tweak this and that is no exception for this run.
4: Food and water: This is always hard when you are running in a foreign place, especially when it is as remote as Iceland. But the challenge to find about 2000 calories for 13 days is part of the challenge and therefore the fun.
Running Iceland is set to start on 1 July (though may move a day earlier or later. It will be trackable on my website: www.jamieramsay.net and Instagram.