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May 28, 2020

As restrictions have started to be lifted a little bit, giving us a taste of the outdoors once again it's only natural that many of us are starting to think about making up for lost time and planning wild and wonderful adventures for when this all done and dusted. 

And really there's no better time to start planning for a challenge, than now while most of us have the time to put some serious thought into it. That's why we thought we'd ask Elise Downing, the first woman and youngest person to run the entire UK Coastline (that's over 5000 miles in case your wondering), for her amazing adventure advice.

Listen to the full Podcast with Elise Downing here.

1. Don't get bogged down in the details.

It might a tad controversial to have the first point on the list of planning tips to be don't plan too much. But it's a really important point, don't let yourself get so bogged down in the minutiae that you never step out of your front door.

Instead plan the bits that you can control and then build in flexible options for everything else. A great way to learn which is which is to reach out to people who've done similar adventures and ask them for some advice. Elise sought the help of Anna Mcnuff, who'd just ran the length of New Zealand.    

2. Just because something seems ridiculous doesn't mean you can't do it.

All the best plans seem a little crazy, but that doesn't mean you can't do them. You just need to make sure you're preparation matches the challenge. If you're wanting to cycle 100 miles in the middle of summer on a straight road, you need to work on fitness and mental toughness but probably not nighttime navigation. Whereas if you are wanting to complete the west highland way in one go, then navigation should definitely be on your tick list.  

3. It's meant to be fun. 

There's a world of difference between something being fun and something being easy. A real challenge won't be easy but it should be fun. Do something that excites in a location that interests you and enjoy the experience, however hard it may be.  


4. You don't have to go far.

International travel might be off the cards for some time to come but that doesn't mean that you can't have some incredible adventures close to home. There are thousands upon thousands of beautiful trails running like spiderwebs across the british countryside just waiting to be explored!