Are you afraid of being struck by lightning? Here is something you should know.

Adam Campbell was struck in the head by lightning. …and kept running. And by running, I don’t mean slightly jogging. Nope, Adam bolted to a 3rd place finish at the Hardrock 100 Ultramarathon, a 160km (100.5 miles) run on the San Juan Mountains in Silverton, Colorado. For all you fitness buffs out there, if that doesn’t sound like an adventure to you yet, consider the fact that the Hardrock trail is one of the hardest in North America. Complete with 33,992 feet climb up (and 33,992 feet down).

How Not to Get Struck by Lightning: Be Aware of Weather Conditions

Don’t get me wrong. I love adventure. In fact, I crave adventure. But I’ve also had much smaller obstacles stop me from running. Like an untied shoelace or a really really good infomercial.

So you can imagine how impressed I was to hear about Adam Campbell, a lawyer turned celebrity professional runner, who completed the race with a good enough time (25 hours, 56 minutes and 36 seconds) to place 3rd! Runners around the world should be envious. This is not an easy feat. To even be allowed to race in the Hardrock 100, you must first qualify, and to make matters even tougher (or muddier), runners must also traverse through streams and endure horrible weather conditions.

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Adam can testify first hand about the weather conditions. Later, about halfway into the run, as Adam approached the final summit ridge trail, a storm was brewing. Complete with lightning, lashing rains and high winds. When he reached the peak, the sound of a loud crack and the sight of a huge flash were two immediate indicators that Adam had been struck by lightning.

What to Do if you Get Struck by Lightning: Don’t Stop!

Through it all, however, Adam persevered – never stopping for one second to consider quitting. In fact, he even decided against informing the aid station of the whole “hit in the head by lightning” episode just in case, you know, they would force him to stop. When asked about his mental strategy during a run (lightning strike or no), he has stated that the key is to stay as much in the moment as you can. He chooses not to think about what’s to come and searches for positive thoughts despite the situation.

  • Thanks for the advice Adam. I’ll make sure to keep you in mind the next time I blame an untied shoelace for a skipped run.

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