Martin Parnell an Englishman living in Canada ran 250 marathons in a year, and in doing so ran himself into the Guinness Book of Records. In 2002, at the age of 47, he started running, completing marathons, triathlons, ultra-marathons and setting four Guinness World Records along the way. This is a terrific story of a guy who found his why and set about achieving a true purpose. It’s a story of determination, ambition, resilience, service, compassion and love. Here's what we discuss with Martin in this show:
When people ask Martin what he does, how does he like to reply? Of all of his running achievements, which event or run is his proudest moment? Martin was a tubby kid; how did he have to change his identity to become a runner? What is his message to his granddaughter Autumn? What impact do the kids of his charity - Right To Play - have on Martin performance? Does Martin use running as a platform to be able to help others? Martin thrives on long boring things, that is very different from how society operates. What is the mindset he takes to his activities? Where do his resilience and grit come from? When Martin runs, does he listen to a soundtrack, podcast, or is it just quiet? Martin has a running formula 9 + 1, 9 mins running 1 min walk, and he lives life 10 mins at a time. Martin talks about a dark moment in his running career and how did he deal with it? In 2015 in Winnipeg, Martin was feeling sick at a speaking engagement; it was a blood clot. We go to that night. The conversation Martin had with himself when he heard the news he had a blood clot and a very long road to recovery? How does an extreme athlete face an extreme personal event? What three words best describe Martin?