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<b>1. Why do you run?<br><br></b>I originally started to run to lose weight and become hot and sexy. That achieved I've changed my targets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
For me running is the reason to get through the day, it's the reward at the end and the reason for doing anything, it's the adrenaline I go looking for. Of course the same applies to my hiking but I can run more than once a week! (When I'm not injured).<br><br>
The mountains are the reason for living, standing on the summit you can look out and everything makes sense. There is nothing to worry about, nothing else you should be doing. I like that.<br><b><br>
2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b><br><br>
There are too many to count, each time I do something I'm proud of I usually end up topping it soon after.<br><br>
Here are a few:<br>
Running my 3.9 mile loop without walking for the first time<br>
Finishing my first race (a half)<br>
Climbing to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4067m)<br>
Winning 4th under 30 male in a half marathon in the Outer Hebrides<br>
Completing the NY marathon despite a knee injury and having to walk the last 10 miles.<br>
Doing the UK 3 Peaks Challenge in 21 hours 37 minutes (climbing the highest mountain in england, scotland and wales in including driving time)<br><br>
Finishing the Ring of Steall walk in under 8 hours.<br>
Finishing the Welsh 3000s Challenge in 18 hours 57 minutes (15 mountains over 3000 foot.<br><br>
Most of these are in my blog.<br><br><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b><br><br>
I don't know, it varies depending on the day although it would almost certainly be something by Runrig. I do recite this poem a lot when I'm racing:<br><br>
INVICTUS<br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">O</span><span style="font-size:xx-small;">UT of the night that covers me,</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">Black as the Pit from pole to pole,</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">I thank whatever gods may be</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">For my unconquerable soul.</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">In the fell clutch of circumstance</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">I have not winced nor cried aloud.</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">Under the bludgeonings of chance</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">My head is bloody, but unbowed.</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">Beyond this place of wrath and tears</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">Looms but the Horror of the shade,</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">And yet the menace of the years</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">It matters not how strait the gate,</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">How charged with punishments the scroll,</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">I am the master of my fate:</span> <span style="font-size:xx-small;">I am the captain of my soul.</span><br><br><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br><br>
What do you mean a bad run? Seriously I would LOVE to be out running now, I can't remember any run being anything other than perfect!<br><br><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?<br><br></b>I don't, the run is enough of a reward for me. That isn't to say I don't eat a lot afterwards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><b><br><br>
6. Who do you admire most?</b><br><br>
I don't know of any particular person, different people inspire me in different ways.<br><br>
I suppose I'd have to say anyone who has the courage put their life first and their job second.<br><br>
Oh, and anyone who has done the Bob Graham Round.<br><br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br><br>
Go out there and finish it.<br><br><b>8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b><br><br>
To look at myself honestly and see my own failings then have the courage to do something about them.<br><br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?<br><br></b>Draw, sing, dance, play guitar, climb, fly.<b><br><br>
10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br><br>
Passionate, bordering on obsessive.<br><br><b>11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</b><br><br>
My lucky running shorts.<br><br><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b><br><br>
The Haweswater Half Marathon.<br><br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?<br><br></b>No, I am out of action with damaged ligaments in my foot. I can't run for the next (see counter at bottom).<br><br><b>14. What makes you happy?<br><br></b>Feeling that I can't possibly do anymore and then doing it anyway.<br><br><b>15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.</b><br><br>
I still have some of my baby teeth and have no adult teeth to replace them.<br><br><b>16. Tell us one interesting thing about another user of this forum that has not been posted (at least not often) on this forum in the past (make sure the other person will not object to posting the info!).<br><br></b><img alt="" src="http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y265/a_h_griffiths/speedy.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br>
Oh and I suppose you want some photos from my last trip don't you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v166/142/109/222301844/n222301844_2527085_8517.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
On the top of Ben Macdui, the second highest point in the UK.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v166/142/109/222301844/n222301844_2527090_9637.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v166/142/109/222301844/n222301844_2527096_1061.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
The view from Bynack More on the last day.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v166/142/109/222301844/n222301844_2527098_1546.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
Ready to slide<br><br><a href="http://yorkuk.facebook.com/album.php?aid=79752&l=12f5f&id=222301844" target="_blank">Full Gallery Here</a><br><br><a href="http://www.benlairig.com/gallery2/video/12" target="_blank">Me Sliding</a>, <a href="http://img.youtube.com/vi/0P71zYvwB5w/1.jpg" target="_blank">My Mate Sliding</a>.<br><br><br>
Thanks for reading<br><br>
Adam
 

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Nice post and awe inspiring pics as usual.<br><br>
Thnks.
 

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Yay! I love the poem. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
You've been busy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Dammit, I had planned to come in and post "This thread is useless without pictures" but you were too quick!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers"> Now, you seem even MORE awesome than normal.
 

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Adam- Great POTD report and great pictures <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
You've got a great sense of humo(u)r<br><br>
And I wish I would have had my life as together at your age as you do.
 

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I HEART Liath...he's one of the NICEST people around! And HAWTEST!<br><br>
Just sayin'
 

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If you had tits on your back, I'd marry you.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/razz.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Razz">
 

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Nice POTD, Adam!! That was great, and I loved the poem. I also really liked the "go out there and finish it" quote. Great words. The business that we own would be a LOT less frustrating if more people lived by those words. So, do you have anything new and cool to write about this latest trip in? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>1. Why do you run?</b><br><br>
The mountains are the reason for living, standing on the summit you can look out and everything makes sense. There is nothing to worry about, nothing else you should be doing. I like that.<br><br>
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Well Agatha, you're a poet.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So, do you have anything new and cool to write about this latest trip in? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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BUSTED <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br><br>
Actually I do keep a hill/travel diary. As soon as I finish the book I'm on I'm using yours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">BUSTED <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br><br>
Actually I do keep a hill/travel diary. As soon as I finish the book I'm on I'm using yours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> Do you like it? I searched high and low to find the perfect one. A lot of them that I saw were very feminine. I couldn't do that to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> You should post a pic!! I've been dying! And what about the other part. Are you going to do it? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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awwww Liath...you rock...<br><br>
what a great post. You are ayoung guy with an old soul <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I hope your ankle gets better soon. Love the pics. So when will you be racing on this side of the Atlantic again ??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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The loo Sudoku? I'm working through it. It's hard to do a puzzle in one sitting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br>
The book is great, and I love the celtic knott on the front. In fact I'm going to get a photo now!<br><br>
Thanks MP, 6 weeks and I should be back on the roads. In the mean time I'm puttin gin the miles on the bike.<br><br>
Well, one day I'm doing NY again. Unfinished business with that race! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Great post, Liath. Thank-you.
 

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I'm glad you got the easy version, I'd be causing queues if it was the hard one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 
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