Huge congratulations to CRT Lead Athlete Ricky Marino for completing in a stunning 3rd overall the Isle of Wight 106km ultra marathon!!
We had a chat with Ricky after his memorable experience and we want to share his excitement and lessons!
Can you tell us a little more about the race? It was a 66-mile running race with a 7,500 feet elevation where the hardest and sharp hill was after 63 miles, basically at the end of the race! Most of the route was on the Coastal Path with a fantastic white cliff view and awesome “wild panorama”. The course was broken down in 4 stages between 21-31 km with a “major rest stop” at the end of each.
How did you prepare for such a long race? I had already a very good condition but I spent another 4 months following a professional ultra running programme prepared by Rory Coleman (a legend in ultra distances and competitions). During those 4 months I ran 10 marathons (1 below 3 hours), 15 half marathons, 4 running sessions of 50km and one 60 km Ultra Running Race in Dover where I finished 3rd overall. That sums up to more than 1,300km and 4 pairs of worn out shoes!
Did you get support from your colleagues / team mates / friends? Yes of course... and this is a good opportunity to thank Georgina of LBS who moved my shift to accommodate my hardest sessions, Massimo who helped my legs recovering with some “myofascial Release technique” and the CAMA Racing Team athletes Luca, Alex and Mario who supported and motivated me during the toughest moments of my training program.
What was the goal of the race? I set this race as a personal objective a while back, however I also decided to combine my personal ambition with the opportunity to fundraise – I chose to fundraise for NSPCC, a great Charity Company which helps children with family problems in UK! Thanks again to everyone who sponsored me!
Was there a point during the race where you thought you’d give up? What made you persevere? It was a very difficult race because a group of three runners started way too fast (in fact, they all eventually quit) and the chasing group I was in spent a lot of energy to follow them: after 60km I was already in 4th place, but my legs were stiff and jelly at the same time! I didn’t give up just because I was thinking about my pizza with peperoni and fresh beer!!! Only joking... but the real spirit of those extreme races is to find the motivation and the energy from deep within you right when you feel empty, and this is exactly what I am amazed about “human body & human brain”!! WE CAN FIND ENERGY WHEN “WE THINK” WE DON’T HAVE NOTHING LEFT – you just need to be focused, believe in yourself and just put one foot in front of the other and the MIRACLE will come!
How do you apply those lessons to everyday life? Be happy, live simply, keep my passion alive and inspire the new generation!
Would you do it again? Yes, but not this same race. Probably I will try to raise the bar to finish my first 100 miles running race!
What’s your next big challenge? First of all be a good Dad! I will be Dad in October so I need to learn how change nappies soon!! I am planning to break the “Guinness World Record” of the longest distance run on treadmill in 12 hours! At the moment it is 132.9km by Jonathan Kinder (UK) and I am sure Nuffield, LBS and my friends at CAMA Racing Team could help me and support me to achieve my hardest challenge yet! NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!