Climbing Everest

15 Feb Climbing Everest

I finally saw the film Everest yesterday.

And I wasn’t disappointed with the wait! The visual was incredible, but what I didn’t expect was how many lessons you could take from the story line.

The most important one I gained.

Stick to your plan.

There will be a couple of mini spoilers but it won’t ruin the film for you!

The brief storyline is: the lead character owns a company called Adventure Consultants.

He guides groups of climbers/adventure enthusiasts up Everest.

They have their various acclimatisation climbs, we learn more about all the characters and then it comes down to the big attempt.

A storm has just passed, and the plan is to make the attempt up Everest but have a turn around time of 2pm – This to put it into perspective gave them 11 hours to get from Camp 3 (not the bottom) to the summit.

Everything is going well, the lead character (Rob Hall) makes it and is on the return journey and sees one of his clients struggling. This guy has attempted Everest before. Rob tells him to give up the attempt, but he doesn’t want to.

So Rob, being the nice guy, decides to help his client get to the top, even though it is 4pm at this point and way beyond the plan of heading down at 2pm. And this is where things start to go wrong.

Thats as far as I am going to go with it. You have to watch it 😉


Now, everything you and I do with regards to running won’t be as life threatening as climbing Everest.

But sticking to the plan is something that we all can learn from.

Its a way of keeping us under control as runners tend to be in two mindsets for the majority of the time.

We either think we are on top of the world and can run and run. That the “easy pace” we select for our runs is too easy and we should push a bit more.

Or we are in negative land, where each run starts as a struggle.

In the first case is where we will see most risk of injury. As we become more confident about running, we will push ourselves more.

Putting a hard interval session the day after a long run seems like a good idea (and for some people it is, but not for many!)

We forget that our body needs recovery time, and the harder we run, the longer that recovery time needs to be.

Structuring rest time, or easier days within the plan is important, just as the acclimatisation climbs are highly important to anyone attempting Everest.

You push hard, you recover and then you bounce back stronger.

And of course always remember:

You Run To Win – Not Necessarily The Race, But Against Yourself



Coach Ant,


P.S. Planning is what we are talking about at the moment in the Free Facebook group I’ve set up (RUN365). In it, you are more than welcome to post up any questions and I or one of our RunCamp Coaches or experienced attendees will happily respond and answer you.

Thats all for this morning, hope you had a great running filled weekend!

Ant is the creator of RunCamp. Everyday his goals are to educate, motivate and inspire runners and triathletes to make themselves better than they were yesterday.

Running in his eyes is a journey, and through his coaching he aims to make everyone’s journeys more enjoyable.

As well as running, you’ll find Ant regularly taking part in triathlons, from sprint distance up to full Ironmans.

He also has a big weakness in the forms of Papa John’s pizza and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, so if you ever want to get an easier session, thats one way to get one!


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