NICK BUTTER

Running the Earth

DOB: August 1989

Place of Birth: Dorset, UK

Occupation: Ultra Runner

Meet our pioneer and groundbreaking ultra-runner Nick Butter. In his ‘do’ he feels free like a butterfly but runs like a dear.

This do'er of do'ers is about to run 196 marathons in 196 countries in 550 days. His do drives him to run, run, run and run some more. When most runners finish, Nick hasn’t even started his warm-up. He goes into another place and loses himself in his runs. Running is what he loves and when he runs he lives his dream. No mountain too high, no Sahara too hot, no fear too big as the 'do' in Nick says "Be your best". This mantra makes him able to continue where others stop.

"Be your best – Nick Butter"

How did it all start?

I lived in an area where it was really hard to get around without asking anyone else for a ride, so I had to run or cycle. At a young age I just started to love running really and never stopped.

What motivates you?

People motivate me. Next year’s run is all about raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Doing things for a good cause really motivates me. It’s about feeling relaxed as well though and I think for most people, getting into beautiful scenery is a sort of therapy. So it’s partly that and supporting charities and also because I just love it.

"I push myself to extremes because I’m craving that 'do' moment of freedom and adrenaline."

How do you feel when you run?

I feel like I am getting into another space in my head after a long while. It's that relaxation also after a while and the therapy of getting out and exploring different places that makes me feel relaxed.

"I push myself to extremes because I’m craving that 'do' moment of freedom and adrenaline."

How do you prepare?

Preparation is important but it’s constant, so I never have to think about starting special training for a marathon. I do give myself time off and in a rest week I run 50 miles. That sounds like a lot but that’s rest for me.

What was your best running experience?

One of the best runs was in the Sahara Desert. It was not the race, but because of the people I met. The race itself was not nice because of the heat and I was in a lot of pain; I had 22 blisters and broke my ankle. It was just a really hard race, but I’m still friends with the people I met there and I probably always will be.

"I had 22 blisters and broke my ankle. It was just a really hard race"

Do you have a mantra that helps you?

‘Be your best’, and I am honest to that. If I’m feeling tired I really have to question this. I go back to all those people who overtook me in the desert – people who didn’t have any legs even overtook me! Ex-soldiers and double amputees who had been blown up were getting on with it. This makes me think I really need to give my best. ‘Be your best’ is about being aware of whether or not you’re really trying and giving your best.

Is your 'do' pushing you to extremes?

I push myself to extremes because I’m craving that 'do' moment of freedom and adrenaline. That feeling of being able to really push myself. I want to be a little bit different and do things that nobody does and my motivation comes from knowing my end goal - being the best I can be.

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