UK woman hopes to run around 2500 miles in 63 days
Ultra-runner Nikki Love is to attempt to become the fastest woman to run across Australia, aiming to cover it in 63 days - 4 days faster than the current record.
No stranger to inspiring running challenges, the Australian-born Leicester resident has previously run around Ireland and in 2017 famously completed 63 marathons in 63 days across the UK. Upping the ante this year, the 52-year-old KYMIRA Sport ambassador, is embarking on her biggest challenge yet. She will need to cover 63km (39 miles) per day if she is to break the female record.
Starting the challenge in Perth on August 1 2019 and finishing at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Love will be raising money for a chosen charity and hopes to encourage local schools to join her on a “virtual run”, to inspire fitness, fun and confidence.
Commenting on her latest venture, she says: “I’ve already run through UK and Ireland, so I thought the next appropriate adventure would be my home country, Australia. I’ve always been driven by the thought of ‘where can my feet take me’. I’ve previously only tested my long-distance ability, but this will test my speed too, so it’s taking me out of my comfort zone completely.”
During the solo adventure, she will wear a camera to capture the event as well as being joined by a film crew at certain stages during the run. She will be required to “check-in” at specific points of the course, to confirm she completed it fairly. As well as contending with the distance and the tight timeframe, she will also need to prepare her body for a shorter recovery time than she is used to.
“I would normally allow myself at least two days of recovery time after a marathon, however if I’m to break the record I won’t be able to give my body the time it needs to recuperate”, says Love. For this, Nikki has turned to infrared sportswear brand KYMIRA Sport, which produces infrared apparel that has been scientifically proven to reduce recovery time and aid performance. This, she says, has helped her increase her pace to the speed she will need to run if she is to set a new world record.
To support Nikki on her journey please visit www.nikkilove.co.uk.
To learn more about KMYIRA Sport, please visit www.kymirasport.com