Jamie Gane
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Follow my journey on my blog! I post updates involving amputation, athletics, health and fitness, nutrition as well as my every day life. Get some tips on how you should be performing in the gym, how to improve your diet or what it's like in the day-to-day of an amputee. Take a behind the scenes look at competitions and my training or just read my viewpoints on relevant topics.

Tough Mudder Dubai Breakdown

The Tough Mudder event in Dubai marked the end of my season for the year. The end of a crazy, 35-event fuelled season, finishing on a total of 55 events and 450 miles ran just in this year alone in Tough Mudder mud/sand.

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Winter Wonderwheels - A Different View on 'Disability'

The Winter Wonderwheels event, as part of the Superhero Series, is the UK’s only disability sports event for everyday Superheroes! They create a really fun, personally challenging environment for those with disabilities without the worry of time or equipment restrictions. Whether you have none, one or two feet, travelling in a wheelchair or flying in a rocket, nothing is impossible - I’m yet to see a rocket though!

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2019 Plans and Goals

2018 was my year of experimentation. A year, my first full year of walking, to see where I wanted to take my life and career. With incredible opportunities taken and awesome teams joined, the 2018 season is almost at its end. So with that in mind, where do I see my plans heading for 2019?

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There's No 'I' in 'Frontrunner'

The asics frontrunners are a team - a team of like-minded and talented individuals in the pursuit of movement. Whether that’s running, cycling, walking, swimming or judo, the team pulls together the experiences and talents of others to share within the group and to inspire others into movement. Until this weekend, I thought I knew what it was to be an asics Frontrunner but the past few days in Dublin have opened my eyes.

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Mud Monsters Run - A Review

Deep in the countryside of West Sussex, a hidden gem of an obstacle course is placed. With a permanent 135 acre site, the Mud Monsters Run promises an extremely muddy course packed full of obstacles.

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My Pit Plan

World’s Toughest Mudder is just around the corner. With 24 hours of obstacle-fuelled exhaustion, here’s my pit plan for how I will achieve my target:

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Night-Time, Bedtime? Think Again.....

As we now start to venture into darkened nights, we now find that our runs start to get darker and darker. Not only are we having to think about how to be seen but also how to see as well as all of the other challenges that running at night has. Whether you are going for a jog in low light or running throughout the night, this blog will give you some tips and hints as to how to manage it.

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How Did I Convince Surgeons to Amputate My Leg?

A controversial question however one that I am often asked when speaking to other sufferers of CRPS/chronic pain. Unless you’re in that head space, it’s so difficult to understand why an individual would wish to amputate a limb - especially against doctor’s wishes. Having said that, I am contacted a number of times a week to guide people through the process so what better way to speak to the masses then to write a blog post!

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My Journey into Public Speaking

Growing up, I had a very difficult time relating to others and was never truly able to gain inspiration from others. I had a very difficult childhood, consisting of multiple operations, very difficult family members and multiple types of abuse – all of which lead me to a very dark place.

Struggling to relate to others, I somehow grew strength from inside and continued to persevere through some extremely difficult times. It certainly wasn’t easy however, now I have come through the other side, I see the importance of being able to be a role model for others and inspiring them to achieve.

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1 Weekend, 1 Leg, 50 Miles of Running

Surprisingly, I never feel ready for a race. Whether I’ve broken my collarbone or my stump is sore, I never feel ready for the upcoming run. Despite not feeling 100%, most of the time, as soon as the adrenaline kicks in, I never seem to notice the niggles and my body tends to hold up.

I suppose niggles are just a part of a runner’s life. Here’s how I pushed through those niggles to achieve 30 miles at Europe’s Toughest Mudder and two standard Tough Mudders in one weekend:

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Runner's Anxiety is Real but Manageable

Your heart is pounding, you're sweating and you haven't even started running yet. You feel a pit in your stomach while butterflies work there magic inside of you, eating away at any confidence left - these are all very common feelings for an individual with runners anxiety. So what is runners anxiety and what can you do to help manage it? 

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That's One LUSH Stump!

What's better than feeling you're looking after your diet and exercising? Looking after your skin and physical-wellbeing obviously! As amputees, we are very accustom to sores, rashes, sweating a variety of other problems that stumps/residual limbs just seem to attract.  Overall, my stump is very well-behaved and I'm able to wear my leg all day, every day but this is after trialling a range of products that really work for me. As an employee of LUSH, my product and ingredient knowledge has allowed me to recommend the following products. 

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Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

A few weeks ago, I asked my Facebook followers whether they felt that individuals are still being discriminated against for their disability in the workplace. Out of the 166 respondents, a shocking 89% answered 'Yes.' So with 19% of the adult working age people being labelled as disabled in the UK, why is the community still facing such adversity?!

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From Obstacles to Obstacle Racing

Until last year when I started walking, I was never a runner. Even as child before my chronic pain condition started and I was using my wheelchair, I was never a runner. I remember at a school sports day, I must have been about 8 years old and the other children were already at the finish line, as I approached the halfway mark. As the teacher blew her whistle and shouted our commands for cross-country, I would immediately feel a sense of dread. So how did I turn from a child that was unable to even run away from the word ‘running’ to an obstacle course runner?

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My Ten Shockers of Nepal

As a well-travelled individual who has also grown up around a highly populated Nepalese area, I had some clear expectations of Nepal. To my surprise, I was shocked by some of the sights and facts of my travels and here are my top ten shockers:

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An LGBT Amputee in Nepal

As my adventurous spirit was begging for a new experience, I decided to take a trip to Nepal with my partner. With only the flights and accommodation booked, we decided to take things as they naturally occur and plan a day-or-two in advance – a very different approach to my standard two-monthly plans. I normally run my life, driven by my hectic yet enjoyable schedule and have to allocate time for spontaneity.

As an amputee, I worry how other cultures will react to my prosthetic and me as a tourist in an LGBT relationship but here's what I found:

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Where do All my Right Shoes Go?

With only one foot that wears a shoe, what happens to the right shoe? Although I do have the opportunity to wear a pair of shoes if I am not using my Blade XT, most of the time I only require a left shoe. Do I have a cupboard just full of right shoes? Do I only keep pairs of the shoes that I think i'll wear regularly? Do they fall into a black hole to be lost forever? Do I have a shoe buddy or do I just donate them? 

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Gecko XT Trail Shoes: A Review

Often after an obstacle race, there will be a trail of shoes leading to the car park where participants have clearly worn inappropriate shoes for mud, obstacles or general trail routes. Last season, I searched high and far to find a shoe that was versatile, strong and comfortable. I felt as though my search was impossible but then I came across the Gecko XT trail running shoes. 

Over the past 4 weeks of having my Gecko XTs, I have run over 65 miles and conquered over 100 obstacles but the shoes are still standing strong. With no sign of wear or tear, I strongly believe that these will be the longest-standing trail shoes that I have ever had. 

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Discovering my Life Values

Values help us decide what is important in life and where our priorities lie. They help us to differentiate between two alternate options but with so many to choose from, which ones fall into my top 5?

I met yesterday with one of my mentors from the True Athlete Programme, where we worked together to find values, and the meaning of those values. We discussed how values naturally change over time and they can be used as a tool to measure how well you're sticking to your life plan.

Fortunately, the values I discovered can form the acronym B-HELD, with an aim for me to be held up through these values. Here's what they stand for:

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