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The Shakeout Podcast: Anna McNuff: 90 marathons across Britain in her bare feet

Most runners couldnโ€™t dream of traversing the length of Britain on foot in even the sturdiest running shoes. But Anna McNuff needed a bolder challenge: in June, she set out to run 100 marathons through the UK — barefoot.

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OVER 2,200 MILES RUN IN BARE FEET! ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ And I canโ€™t quite Adam nโ€™ Eve it. When I look at the #BarefootBritain route on the @zerosixzeromap (link in my @annamcnuff bio) and the wiggliest of wiggly lines from the Shetland Islands ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ to the outskirts of Lanndan town ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ – it doesnโ€™t quite feel like Iโ€™m looking at me. With one week of running left – itโ€™s surreal. . The budding mathematicians among you ๐Ÿค“ ๐Ÿ’ก will be starting to think that itโ€™s going to be a tall order to make the full 2,620 mile (100 marathon) distance by next week – and youโ€™re not wrong. . With a foot infection ๐Ÿ˜ฉ, a calf injury ๐Ÿฅด and a tasty bout of tonsilitis ๐Ÿค’ – I lost some miles. I could have made the choice to carry on into December ๐ŸŽ„ and chase any lost distance, but I decided that whatever Iโ€™ve managed to run by next Sunday Nov 17th – thatโ€™ll be enough. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป . This run was always really about talking to as many young @girlguiding members as possible and having told stories to almost 2,000 girls – Iโ€™ve stayed true to that ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿฆฐ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿฆฑ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’• . Iโ€™m ready to get back to my family, back to @adventureman ๐Ÿ’ – Iโ€™m ready to be done. Although not just yet… . As a cherry on the challenge-cake, this last week (Inspired by Adam the ultrarunning Doctor ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš•๏ธ who helped heal my foot) Iโ€™ll be taking to the tracks around london. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ฅ Running 5 x track marathons and hooking up with local running clubs for chats & story sharing. . 5 x Track marathons?! Am I mad? Possibly. But Iโ€™m actually REALLY BLOOMIN EXCITED about them! No surface worries, no backpack to carry… and I can start to begin to process the barefoot madness of the past 6 months as I go round and round and round (and round?) like the wheels on a bus ๐ŸšŒ . Iโ€™ll be back on the roads & trails for the final stage from Kingston to Wimbledon next Sunday 17th. Hope to see you there. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง . #ReadyForANYTHING @theaa_careers

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This week on The Shakeout Anna shares her tales of adventure, throughout a 5 month quest to spread positivity, encourage others to redefine their limits, and reach for the impossible.ย  She talks about staying with strangers, being heckled, and how it feels to step in various types of poop. She also shares stories of the highest and lowest moments of her journey.ย 


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