﷯Stuart gives us his answer to the question that we're always asked when choosing our next epic adventure... WHY... This is a question that I am sure any one who has ever done something deemed unusual or 'abnormal' has been asked………why? My initial response is always 'why not'? I often turn the question around and ask them why not, and that most of the reasons they give for not wanting to run across a desert in 30-40 + temperatures are some of the reasons why i have chosen to e.g. because it is extremely hard, and because i will suffer, to challenge myself and take myself out of my perceived comfort zone, to push myself beyond my limits and to feel alive. This in no way answers the question, in fact it is a question that almost cannot be answered as it is not a definitive thing to explain. Those who have to ask the question generally will never be able to understand or comprehend the answer. To those people who may be reading this I would say ask not why, but challenge yourself to find out the answer for yourself. Only then will they get the answer to the question. I don't run in extreme environments, or for extreme distances to 'find myself'. I think I know who i am already (both the good and bad). I run for many reasons. I run for enjoyment and to challenge myself both mentally and physically. I have not found running across deserts or through the jungle life changing but it is definitely a life affirming experience. My passion for ultra distance running has taken me across the world to some of the most remote and stunning landscapes and environments I have ever seen. I have stood in places where very few people have stood, and have seen amazing vistas that most tourists on holiday will never get to experience. I have also met some very interesting people and made some great lifelong friends as well as memories. I thoroughly recommend these type of events to anyone. You do not have to be super fit to finish. Above all else you need a grit an determination to succeed and mental toughness. We are all far more capable than we choose to be believe. Whether it is a 5k run or a marathon, challenge yourself to do something outside your current comfort zone and I assure you afterwards you will feel amazing. ''Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…. I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.'' - Theodore Roosevelt