Jamie Milne exercising last year ahead of a his run around Tasmania to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. He's about to run from Melbourne to Warana.
Jamie Milne exercising last year ahead of a his run around Tasmania to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. He's about to run from Melbourne to Warana. Warren Lynam

Jamie's long run home from Melbourne

MOST people give up trying to lose weight. Jamie Milne quit trying to put it on.

The ultra-endurance athlete and Warana gym owner will set out from Melbourne on September 17 at the start of a 2000km run home to the Sunshine Coast raising money for Alzheimer Australia's Dementia Research Foundation.

Part of the preparation required Jamie to stack on 10kg, boosting his bodyweight from 75kg to 85kg.

It proved one challenge even he could not equal.

"It was messing with my head,'' Jamie said as he made final preparations for a test which will see him run 80km a day - the equivalent of two marathons - for between 18 and 22 days straight.

"I couldn't do it. I'm going to come back looking like a Kenyan (marathon runner). It's actually really hard.”

Jamie did manage to stack on 5.5kg in an equivalent number of weeks tucking into pastries, croissants and plenty of carbohydrates.

"But I was trying to run and feeling like crap,'' he said.

Jamie is back on his usual vegetarian diet boosted with some fish. He's thriving on avocado, salmon, nuts and other low-carbohydrate goodies.

"I'm good to go,'' he declared. "I've got that beautiful blend of nervousness and excitement.”

Likening what he's doing to any swimming endurance or marathon, only on a more extreme scale, Jamie says the first half is the warm-up.

"Day two, three and four will be brutal,'' he said. "The body pushes back. It's quite profound and painful.

"The knees. It can feel like there are shards of glass in the joints. After four or five days the pain goes away and it's like the body gives up its protest and rolls over and takes the beating.

"I'm at my strongest during the last few days. The second half will be quicker than the first.”

Milne will maintain an average nine kilometres an hour for 10 hours each day for the run's duration.

He runs at an ultra marathon pace of 10kmh for 13 minutes, slows to a walk for two minutes then ups the pace again.

"I'm really regimented,'' Jamie said. "I stick to it all day. Thirteen minutes at pace then two minutes at a walk when I update social media, drink, eat nuts and sultanas or whatever the body craves.

"I listen to what it wants. There are no gels, pills or potions.''

Jamie's stoked to have Lions Australia on board who will rattle tins in the towns he passes through to help fundraising through his Many Miles for Mary charity for dementia research.

He lost his beloved nanny to Alzheimer's disease eight years ago and has since completed a number of ultramarathons including last year's circumnavigation of Tasmania which raised money for Ronald McDonald House.

The run has won the support of Rebel Sports Australia who came on board at the prompting of Rebel Plaza manager Neil Culley who trains at Jamie's Jamie Milne Training gym.

The backing will ensure he has a full support team to sustain him and a soft bed to fall into every night.

As well as the running Jamie will somehow find time to give a series of quick talks at RSLs and schools along the route.

Professional Australian athlete Aarthi Venkatesan and Commonwealth marathon runner Melanie Panayiotou will join him on the last days in Queensland to help get him to the line.

Jamie will set off from Albert Park Lake on Saturday.