Meet the Guest 

Ultramarathon runner Rich Torley joins Shantelle on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to share his experience preparing for and running the Marathon des Sables. This race, coined the toughest footrace on earth, is based in Morocco, and is a six-day trek of approximately 150 miles (roughly a marathon per day). Rich is originally from the UK but moved to Florida with his wife Danielle years ago. You may remember Danielle from our podcast episode a while back where she shared her experience with giving a TED Talk. 

Cliff Notes 

Rich shares how he prepared to run the six-day race mentally and physically through training, resource preparation, and more. In addition to completing marathons, runners change living quarters daily with only the items carried on their back. Rich explains the importance of consistent mental grit throughout the process and doing what was needed to achieve the goal he set for himself. 

More in this Episode 

Shantelle and Rich discuss the obstacles Rich faced along the way, including getting thrown off course during his training because he compared himself to others. They examine the similarities between Rich’s experience as an ultramarathon runner and Shantelle’s as a business owner and how lessons learned from both situations can easily apply across the board, such as creating daily habits, showing up consistently, and more. Do you have questions for Rich? Let us know by emailing us at [email protected].