Every runner might have similar thinking whereby the hardest work lies in the months of sweat and tears rather than completing the 26.2 miles on the race day itself. Meet Simon Wheatcroft, he is an ultra marathon runner. The difference is that he is diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease at 13 which led him to be legally blind by the age of 17. Around 10 years later, he took up running with the help of mobile technology.
Initially, he was practising in the soccer field behind his home by using Runkeeper. With the help of Runkeeper he could know the distance and pace that he had run then he changed place to a closed road nearby his home. From here, he learnt that by feeling the double yellow line, he was able to run according to the course. This continues until four years later whereby he is using Runkeeper and recently Google Glass to help him run at the open road.
He started to run for 10 miles and eventually registered for 100 mile race. For safety reason, he decided to ask his friends to ride bikes beside him to ensure that he kept running on track. However, all his friend(s) were injured before the race. Thus, he was asking strangers to help him by posting on Twitter. Within three days, he had 20 strangers willing to help him run 100 miles. However, the end result is that he only got to run 50 miles, pushed himself to run 83 miles before he no longer stand and pulled from the race.
The only one marathon Wheatcroft wanted to run was the New York Marathon. For practising, he runs from Boston to New York which is 206 miles, documenting every step of his journey using the Google Glass. This time, he was not taking a guide; he navigated from Boston to New York with just his phone and media, with Airbnb helping on accommodation along the way. He used Google Glass to stream and documents the endeavour and there would also be a live GPS tracking.
“I often see technology as an opportunity, a new piece of technology always opens up a new possibility”, he says.