Shared from the 8/6/2018 Moreland eEdition

FITZROY NORTH

Running through the pain

Ultra-marathoner to confront both mental and physical battles in epic run

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A FOCUS on each step and a heavily curated playlist will help James Maskey complete an arduous 250km ultramarathon in Iceland.

The Fitzroy North resident, who trains in Brunswick, is taking to the track to raise awareness for post traumatic stress disorder, something he still battles after leaving the Queensland police force three years ago.

Mr Maskey suffered nightmares and mood fluctuations while in the force and said pounding the pavement had helped put his mind at ease.

“I still have those symptoms but they are in remission these days. I’m keeping them at bay,” he said.

The run, which kicks off on August 27, will take him through volcanic rock pools, glaciers and mud pools, while carrying all the food and water he needs for the six-day event. The runner said he used three techniques to get through 150km of running each week. “I’m preparing myself that it is going to hurt mentally and physically, the second (method) is I focus on my breath and how my foot hits the ground and comes back up and the third is finding an opportunity to smile,” Mr Maskey said.

He is writing a blog about the run at jamesmaskey.com

Mr Maskey is fundraising to offset the cost of the event and for Phoenix Australia. Details: mycause.com.au

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