Jamie's big training run lasts 922km

By kristin.macfarlane@dailypost.co.nz, Kristin Macfarlane

For most people, a 922km solo run seems unachievable but for Jamie Milne it's about raising awareness for a worthy charity and training at the same time.

In November, The Daily Post published a story about Mr Milne's attempt to run from Bluff to Picton in 12 days to raise awareness for Ronald McDonald House.

The Rotorua ultra runner averaged about 80km a day to complete the 922km challenge.

While he said the run "went pretty well", he said he questioned what he had got himself in for before getting into the routine after four days.

The run, which was the first time he had completed that distance on his own, was a success.

Since then he's been in recovery mode - trying to get his abs back.

Mr Milne, now living in Auckland and working as pro-boxer Shane Cameron's strength and conditioning coach, usually eats a natural diet in which he gets his carb intake from fruits and vegetables.

However, while doing his challenge he started eating carbohydrates such as porridge, chips and bread which not only made him feel lethargic he said it also gave him a "wheat-belly".

"I lost my abs."

He said he had also started getting his energy back and was no longer falling asleep when he sat down, which happened when he was doing the run.

To prepare for such a major run, most people would think he did a lot of long-distance training. However, he said he had only started running a couple of weeks before and instead had concentrated on his regular training regime which included cross-fit.

In fact, Mr Milne not only used the run to raise awareness for Ronald McDonald House, he used it as a training run ahead of his run around Tasmania in April. "I don't think I'm going to run until then," Mr Milne said.

Instead, he would continue to be a regular on the cross-fit scene with his next competition in the Hawke's Bay next month.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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