Could you run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents? The World Marathon Challenge!

The World Marathon Challenge is set to start on January 23rd at Union Glacier in Antarctica.  It is the first of seven marathons which are run in seven days on seven continents.  Not only is it a physical challenge but a logistical challenge as well.

world marathon challenge

They have to run a marathon in all these places in 7 days!

 

Ain’t nobody gettin any sleep!

Starting in Antarctica runners will then move on to South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and finish in Australia.  In. Seven. Days. (I know, I said that already but it still amazes me.)

Still a relatively new race at only three years old, it garners quite a bit of attention.  The first two years most of the runners seemed to be more from the ultra running community but this year Ryan Hall is participating.

As exciting as it would be to compete in this challenge it’s also going to be downright brutal.  Imaging how tired, sore and stiff you generally feel after you run a marathon, add to that some serious jet lag, time changes, plus a little sleep deprivation, and some major temperature changes and you have yourself some grueling conditions.  (Now I want you to remember all that okay.)  I mean yeah, you get to run in Union Glacier, Punta Arenas, Miami, Madrid, Marrakech, Dubai, and Sydney but could you actually finish?  And at what cost?  Will you lose some toes in Antarctica?

BethAnn Telford

This is BethAnn Telford

 

BethAnn Telford will be running in the World Marathon Challenge for the United States.  She’s an accomplished runner having completed many marathons, and an accomplished triathlete having completed many ironman competitions.

BethAnn Telford is remarkable.  She completes tirelessly and she is fearless.  She competes while living with brain cancer.

During the World Marathon Challenge  BethAnn will be wearing hand-designed New Balance shoes dedicated to 14 brain cancer survivors living in different areas around the world.  By pledging a donation towards every mile BethAnn accomplishes you will be helping to support ABC² (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure), a Washington DC-based venture philanthropy nonprofit organization that drives cutting-edge research and treatments for brain cancer & brain tumors.

To date she has raised over 800,000 dollars for brain cancer research and her goal is to raise over one million dollars.  If anyone can do it, she can.

You can read more about BethAnn Telford here and then remember how grueling the World Marathon Challenge actually is and if your situation allows it, visit BethAnn Telford’s site and donate.  I think she deserves to hit that million dollar mark, don’t you?

Had brain cancer affected your family?

Has cancer affected your family?

WTF Wednesday, Embrace your mistakes

Yesterday I had to do some training for the never ending project and I was running late. As I backed out of the driveway I almost ran over a squirrel and two peacocks but I made it on time, only to realize I had on two different shoes.

two different shoes

In all fairness, they sort of look alike!

Two. Different. Shoes.

Maybe that’s why no one noticed.  What?  You really think I would actually drive all the way home and change and risk being 5 or 10 minutes late?  Never!

Besides I got up early enough to get ready, walk the dogs, and get out the door in plenty of time, but I just couldn’t do it because no matter how prepared I am I will always find something else that needs to be done, (or someone else will find something else for me to do), that takes a little extra time.  Then I’ll run the risk of being late and the anxiety will set in and bam, two different shoes, or a similar situation will occur every damn time.  See:  Leaving roller in my hair, etc.

motto

This should be my motto in life!

I trained my clients for around 3 hours before they got really busy with their own clients and then it became too crazy so we wrapped it up, after which I had to hurry back and try to make some edits on another project that I’ve decided to take on.

So, I came straight back and worked for two more hours without a break or lunch because a lot of days are like that when you’re self-employed.  And then MacGyver came home and said he needed me to write a quote for him, and the accountant called and said that both MacGyver and I needed to come in and get our quarterly taxes done and I remembered that I had to go mail a package at the post office and then run to the bank.

time for me?

It’s amazing I get anything done.  Purely amazing.

But with all of the things going on yesterday and all the work we have to do I couldn’t help but be preoccupied with the carpet in my TV room.  It’s one of the only rooms in the house we have carpet in and I pride myself on keeping that carpet as clean as I possibly can and I recently shampooed it and it looked great, if I do say so myself.

However being as busy as we’ve been, we haven’t paid too much attention to the comings and goings of the dogs and the doggie door is in that room and since we were ignoring them they decided to do a mud run, by themselves! I don’t know if they ran through some kind of nuclear sludge, or moon oil, or drops of Jupiter, but they got a stain on the carpet and it won’t come out.

It’s bad.  I can get any stain out.  It’s what I do.  While other girls were reading Nancy Drew I was reading Helpful hints from Heloise.  Nothing I’ve tried is working on this stain and it is now permanent.  Maybe I’ve been obsessing over it a bit too much because MacGyver says he is sick of hearing about it and I should just throw a rug over it but I just can’t do that, I can’t.

My last option is to try dying it, but I’m not sure I can perfectly match the color and I know MacGyver would kill me if I insist on dying the entire carpet, which is exactly what would happen if the color comes out wrong and that would be about 400 feet.  And I would insist because I’m crazy.

Clean or burn?

I probably just need to go for a run.  That’ll fix me.  Running fixes everything.

enjoy ya day

WTF?  It’s Wednesday!  Embrace your mistakes and your crazy!

Have you ever worn two different shoes?

Did you go back and change them or embrace the mistake and keep them on all day?

Clean it or hide it?  How do you do stains?

Pretending to be on vacation just to get things done.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We had planned on being at our cabin since we haven’t been there in almost a year but we didn’t go.  MacGyver worked all day Saturday and I worked around here and when he got home around 3 and asked me what I wanted to do I could tell he wanted me to make the decision.   I didn’t want that burden and so I shifted it back to him and then he shifted it back to me.  By the time we actually make it out to our cabin we’ll probably look like this:

fun old people

The baby peacocks are getting big.  Every morning momma peahen climbs up onto the car hauler and yells out, (that’s how she lets us know the babies would like to eat), and we go out and feed them.  I thought you might want to see them.

Baby Peacocks

Over the weekend I made a trip to the store to replenish our fruit supply but mainly I just wanted to buy more oranges because I hate running out of oranges.  Parking was ridiculous and when I did finally find a spot I was almost afraid to park in it.  Look at the car in front of me.

car

Who does that to a car?  I almost waited around to see who would actually get into it but I decided against it.

Let’s talk running shall we?

Last week I ran 33 miles, and I walked 3.35 miles.  I ran 21 miles over 4 days and I ran my long run on Saturday.

The long run

Twelve miles,

Done.

And I Nailed it!

My shoe

Literally!

Fortunately, it didn’t go through the shoe.  That would have been very bad.  The long run, however was very good.  It was my longest run since the migraines started last year and since I began taking the topiramate and stopped the gluten and the processed sugar and I’m still migraine free, (after long runs).  Y’all have no idea how happy I am about that.

I did do one thing after my run that I don’t usually do merely as a preventative measure to help with any inflammation.

ice bath

And for the record, this is not an easy thing to do for someone with Raynaud’s.  I had to keep my toes and fingers out of the water but it helped immensely.  I highly recommend it.

I wish I could say I was as good with my strength and weight workouts but unfortunately I wasn’t.  I only did one strength workout last week.  This week I will make more time for strength training and weights. I will, I will!

MacGyver and I took the day off today because we thought we were going to be at our cabin but since we aren’t he decided to work and I’m getting some work done as well.  Might as well get caught up a little.  Besides, MacGyver has a birthday this weekend and I might want to kidnap him and take him away for a few days so it wouldn’t hurt to go ahead and get a few things squared away, right?  At least I can get things done with no distractions because everyone thinks I’m away.

How was your weekend?

Did you get the day off today?