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Facebook Live chat #4: What it’s like to run 30 marathons in 30 countries – by the age of 30



Super ambitious – but definitely not competitive – marathon runner Liz Warner joined us to tell us about her campaign to run 30 marathons in 30 countries before she turns 30. She’s doing it all to raise funds for Run to Reach, her charity that supports and empowers communities around the globe.


Liz told us about her experiences running marathons around the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, including a heart-stopping stint lost in Mongolia! It really is an epic feat, and one that she’s determined to complete, despite the travel restrictions that have hampered her plans for marathons 29 and 30…

Marathon 29 will now be a virtual affair. If you’d like to join Liz, plus an ex-Olympian and runners from countries as far flung as Bhutan, you can. You don’t need to be a great runner. You don’t even need to be a good runner! In fact, Liz’s sister plans to join in by walking around the block a few times! If that sounds like something you’d like to do, sign up here. It’s for a good cause.

If you missed the chat, catch up now on the Thelma & Louise Facebook Page.

As usual we had a few book reviews and product recommendations - as promised, here are links to the various items we discussed.


Cultural Escape

Every week we talk about the books, movies and other audio-visual delights that are helping us through lockdown by transporting us elsewhere – without leaving our homes.

  • Liz recommends Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari (the author of the groundbreaking hit Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind) which she says feel especially pertinent right now.
  • Emma is keeping her love of swimming alive by re-reading Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth.
  • Ana is reading Lone Rider by Elspeth Beard, who will be joining us on Facebook Live next week to chat about becoming the first British women to ride a motorbike around the world in the 1980s. We can’t wait!


Product Review: Use now, travel with later

Every week, we recommend a product or two that you can buy to use now and take on your travels later.

  • Liz uses a running belt by Fit Feels Fun, which she says is strong, convenient and doesn’t look out of place when you’re on your daily exercise.
  • Emma recommended the Duolingo language app as a fun way to build your vocab before your next trip. It’s unlikely to make you fluent, but the extra effort you’ve gone to is bound to be appreciated by any locals you meet!

We hope you enjoyed our chat and that, in some small way, it helps you cope with the loneliness and boredom that can accompany isolation and lockdown.


What are you reading and what products are currently helping you through isolation? Tell us in the comments below.

We'd also love to hear your suggestions for themes or interviewees for the coming weeks.