Mark Pollock The Blind Extreme Marathon Runner

Mark Pollock Running Extreme Marathons

Mark Pollock - Making It Happen Blind Marathon RunnerThe Kabbalists teach, “Nothing stands in front of the will”, here is a story of Mark Pollock a blind runner who has managed to run some of the toughest marathons on earth! Being a marathoner is tough as it is, running marathons in extreme conditions (heat or cold) is for the toughest of the runners. But Mark Pollock has shown his will strength is made of steel.

Mark Pollock Extreme Marathon Expeditions

Born at Northern Ireland Mark Pollock has lost sight in his right eye by the age of 5. At the age of 22, Mark Pollock lost sight of the left eye and became totally blind. He decided not to let that prevent him from challenging the toughest human peaks.

Mark Pollock Marathon Milestones:

• The Gobi Desert marathons (6 Marathons in 7 days!)
• The extreme Marathon to the North Pole. (Watch preparations below)
• Kayaking across the Irish Sea
• Ironman Switzerland
• The Dead Sea Marathon (the worlds lowest Marathon)
• The Everest Marathon (The worlds highest Marathon)

He made an interview at Xtreme Sport 4 U there he answered what made him challenge the north pole marathon.

“Any sporting thing I’d done before, there was always the element of ‘Sure that’s great, ‘cos Mark’s blind’,” he said. “I really felt that when I was talking to people about this race they were fascinated with Antarctica and the South Pole and it wasn’t about the blindness. It just felt like the adventure was a true adventure — and it took me away from my blindness.” read more..

 Mark Pollock’s Preparation For The North Pole

 Mark Pollock Gobi Destert Marathons

Probably the most challenging marathons Mark did, is the Gobi Desert marathon, where runners run 6 marathons during 7 days to cross one of the planet’s warmest deserts. Here is part of an interview Mark Pollock made for EnduranceSource where he shared some of his hydrations strategies.

“The Gobi Marathon event involved running 6 Marathons over 7 days, in what was very rough and changeable terrain. It was also Marks first serious competitive running event:
It was myself and my rowing partner Nick Wolf who took part in the Gobi Race together. We had been running down to rowing training, and only had about 2 ½ months between the end of the Rowing season and the beginning of the Gobi Marathon. At the time I didn’t think that the timescale we had was ideal, but when I look back now I can really see the benefits of the cross training we were doing. It was ultimately our fitness from rowing and not just the two and a bit months of specific running training that got us through. I think that fitness combined with our ability to “just keep going” we’re our main strengths in that event”

Did you have a particular nutrition or hydration strategy when you entered the Gobi event?

We had been experimenting for quite a while, and had been asking around and taking loads of advice. In the end we decided to go down the route of using very specialist foods, with our key emphasis being on getting enough calories in each day. This meant that we were taking tons of high calorie nutrition bars etc.. but had unfortunately ignored the “Human Factor” of our nutrition plan. We just hadn’t realised at the time, the importance of having some comfort food to perk you up when we were 4 or 5 days in and feeling terrible! I think the best way to describe it is that we did a Rocky 4, but followed the Dolph Lundgren approach instead of the Rocky approach. I think what I would probably recommend now would be going 60% on the science side and 40% whatever you’d like!” See Source..

Preparing for marathon is a physical process which prepares the body to run 26.2 miles. Finishing a marathon is a mental process, where you have to convince your body to keep running even when it is out of energy..

DNF = [Did Not Finish] marathon. These three letters DNF are written beside the name of runners who began the race but did not finish, (instead of the finish time). Some runners ran marathons with a shirt saying “Death before DNF”, showing their commitment to complete the race!

Mark Pollock has published his book: Making It Happen

“In this practical, user-friendly book, Mark Pollock challenges the reader to stop making excuses, to identify what they want out of life and to start ‘making it happen’. He argues that taking responsibility for your own life is the first step toward achieving your dreams. Outlining his ‘step-by-step’ plan to success he shows the reader – through his story and the stories of other successful people – how small steps can lead to big achievements.” Order this inspiring book.

We hope reading about Mark Pollock’s marathons will give other runners the inspiration to overcome their own difficulties on the way to cross their first marathon finish line!

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