Running South America: With my Husband and Other Animals

Running South America: With my Husband and Other Animals

by Katharine Lowrie


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It is the story of two everyday runners, Katharine and David, who decided to take on a continent and learn how to run again – barefoot, pushing their bodies and minds to levels they had never considered possible in a bid to become the first in the world to run the length of South America, to give a voice to the wildlife and wildernesses they adore.

Running laid them bare, stripped them of the shell people journey within, so all they had to rely on was their own bare feet. Yet this very vulnerability provided the key to unlocking communities who would fling open their doors, tuck them under their wings and whisper their secrets.

Amazing animals accompanied them: gigantic vaulting stick-insects; cackling macaws who wheeled and pirouetted in the sky, desperately trying to gain a better view of them; and a giant anteater whom they stalked through a snake-infested swamp, so they could stand within an arm’s length as he devoured termites upon the end of his long sticky tongue. It was also an animal, if one of the most diminutive, that nearly succeeded in ending their dreams of conquering the continent – an ant! But when their joints and muscles were screaming, when they couldn’t stand the sight of one another and when prickly heat, blisters and tropical ulcers infested their skin, it was the wildlife and wildernesses that pulled them through.

Day after day, for months on end, running from freezer through desert and into the biggest rainforest on earth, they survived hurricane-force winds, near 100% humidity, swarms of biting insects and some of the most crime-ridden places on the planet. The expedition nearly cost them their marriage, health, sanity and lives. But somehow, they made it to the other end of the continent, 6,504 miles and 15 months later, when they splashed into the warm and much-dreamed of Caribbean Sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849953627
Publisher: Whittles Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Katharine Lowrie is an Ecologist for the RSPB.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

List of Illustrations & Maps xiii

1 To the End of the Earth 1

2 Running on Water 7

3 The Kindness of Strangers 19

4 Cracks in Our Relationship 29

5 The End of the Road? 41

6 A Close Shave with Death 50

7 The End of the Carretera Austral 63

8 Running Blind 69

9 Into No-Man's Land 76

10 Into the Oven 85

11 Zone of Fire 89

12 Night-Time Visitors 99

13 Bolivia: The Promised Land 113

14 A Series of Afflictions 122

15 Taking to the Air 134

16 Meeting Mary 138

17 Brazil: A New World 149

18 The Jaguar Road 159

19 Running into a Road-Block 170

20 Venezuela: The Grand Sabana 185

21 Mafia Land 194

22 Our World Moves 203

23 To the End of a Continent 208

Epilogue 217

Appendices 219

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