Meet Lee Grantham
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What's your name, where are you from?
I'm Lee, originally from Manchester (UK) but I've moved around quite a lot and lived in 8 countries. For the past 3 or 4 years I've lived in the Sierra Nevada mountains (Spain) in Summer and Asia in Winter. I like it hot.
When did you get into running and what does it mean to you?
I ran as a kid, through high school until leaving at 16. My father is Norwegian and my mother Italian, so I had the choice of either joining the military in Norway or travelling Europe with the Italian circus. For fun, I chose the latter. We trained for hours every day in acrobatics and endurance and it was here where my already developed stamina, grew stronger. When I run now, I think of my circus friends and how hard they worked. There's a huge mental and physical toughness developed practicing for months on the trapeze or slackwire. Those were great moments, running for hours now seems easy.
Where do you get your fuel and motivation from? What keeps you going?
I have a deep routed ambition to always be better. In an unfair world, I'm deeply grateful for my birthplace and the endless opportunities it gives do well for myself and the world. It frightens me that I may waste it, so I'm careful each day to give 110%. I suppose like most people say but few mean, I want to look back on life with lots of laughter.
What's a typical day like for you?
Everyday is a dream. I wake up and do exactly what I want to do. You ask the majority of the world's population if they have this luxury and they don't. Yet for anyone in a developed country it's possible, we're just too busy chasing cash. It was Bob Dylan who said 'A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.' Zimmy is rarely wrong.
I make sure I sleep 8 hours, then once I've made it to the coffee machine and drank a cortado, I'm out the door. I try to keep this to 10-15 minutes from waking to running. Then my afternoons are spent cycling around the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I spend a lot of time outdoors alone so it's nice to drink a decent bourbon with a friend or two from time to time.
First, I want to become the World Champion in running 100km, then see what I can do in some of the major 100 milers you have in the States. Next, I want to cycle around the world and then, when I get to my 40s, I'll head to the Himalayas.