Feb 24, 2019
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
Of all of his running achievements, which event or run is his
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
Does Martin use running as a platform to be able to help
Martin thrives on long boring things, that is very different from
how society operates. What is the mindset he takes to his
Where do his resilience and grit come from?
When Martin runs, does he listen to a soundtrack, podcast, or is it
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?
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention
of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather
to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up,
totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”