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?

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The plan

As I’ve gotten older, especially in the last few years, I’ve realized how much longer it takes my body to heal.  I used to bounce back from injuries in no time at all and I take great pride in how strong my body actually is but just like a classic car, you need upkeep and maintenance.  Otherwise, things fall apart and everything goes to shit.  You don’t just run out of gas anymore, things break and fail.

broke down car

I feel your pain muscle car, I do.

Any runner will tell you how important strength training and cross training is but if you ask 100 of them I’d be willing to bet that over half say they don’t really like it.  Some might even say they hate it.  You can put me in the some category because I’m that girl.  Be that as it may, after all these years I’m going to finally learn how to like (and maybe even love) cross training and strength training and I’m giving myself a whole year to fall in like or possibly love.

cross training

By now I should be familiar with my body and I think I am.  I know what works for me and what doesn’t.  I’m pretty sure of the time it takes me to develop good habits and also the time it takes me to sabotage my fitness and my diet.  Unfortunately it doesn’t mean I do all those things to keep me strong and healthy on a regular basis, well until now.

this sucks

Since the first part of December I’ve been working on a year-long plan.  I thought I would be ready to start January 1st but I wasn’t quite ready until this month.  Thus began the journey which I call:

1 year of learning to like the shit that I really hate or for blog purposes we’ll used the abridged version,’ the one year plan’ and here it is:

Spring – Strength

Lucky for me, spring is usually the time I start slowing down because it heats up pretty fast down here in Florida.  Typically in the spring I would slow down and spend more time on other things not necessarily fitness related, but since this year is all about 1 year of learning to like shit that I really hate the one year plan I’m using March, April and May to work on my overall strength and muscle imbalances.  My goal is alternating 3-4 different strength workouts weekly.    I’ll be using lots of Youtube videos which I will happily share with you.  Mostly I’ll be doing barre, yoga, and kettlebell workouts.  And for muscle imbalance and strength workouts, this girl is an excellent source for info.   I’m also in the process of dusting off the ol’ bike for some cross training.  Who is this girl?

yoga

I’m learning to like it…sort of.

Summer – Speed

Yeah, I know that summer is hot.  It’s especially hot down here which is why I don’t like running far in the summer and when I do, I slow way down.  Since I’ll be using the spring to work on my strength I’m positive by summer I’ll be ready to add speed and although I won’t be able to run great distances at fast speeds, I’ll still be able to get some 800’s and some tempo runs in.  Most importantly my ankle will be better and I’ll introduce hills because we all know hills are awesome speed work in disguise.  I’ll be alternating two speed workouts a week and I’ll share them with you as well.

Fall –  Farther, further, far-est, far, you get the point.

With the cooler temperatures in fall it’s a perfect time to work on increasing distance.  Which is exactly what I’ll be doing.  I’ll be doing one long run a week and one semi long tempo run each week.

Winter – Winning!

Winter is all about nailing the goal.  And here’s the big reveal.  The year-long plan will culminate in my participation in the Clearwater Ultra 50K!  I’m also going to attempt to PR in a 10K and a half marathon but I haven’t decided on which ones yet so I will post about that at a later time.

Throughout the months I’ll be posting challenges so that you can train along with me if you want.  I’m also open to challenges so if you wanna throw one at me, go for it.  Every Monday I’ll recap the previous week and you can tell me about yours in the comments.

So come on, join in the 1 year of learning to like the shit that I really hate plan with me.

the one year plan

Why wait? Start now!

In other news, Hank is doing well.  He had 8 teeth pulled but he’s got pain medicine to ease his pain and he gets to eat soft food for at least a week so, bonus.

Hank sleeping

Resting Comfortably, very comfortably.

My sister in law and niece and nephew arrived from Virginia last night so I had someone to run with this morning and we’re about to embark on a week-long Spring Break party, well as much as a 6 and an 11 year old can party.  You’d be surprised.

How is your week going so far?
Are you going to join me in my training plan?

I’m a bit of an addict.

Yesterday my fitbit flashed a message to let me know it needed to be charged. Thank the Lord I was sitting down working when it almost went dead because y’all know the overwhelming sense of dread you feel if your fitbit goes dead and you don’t get an accurate step count. Oh, the horror!

steps

That’s just not possible, sir.

Anywho, I charged the old girl up while I was working and the second I got up, I put her back on. She did the usual thing she does after I charge her, she flashed me a quick message. I barely caught it but when I read it….

fitbit message

Bitch called me a step geek!

WHAT? As opposed to a regular geek? Is this a bad thing? Ms. Fitbit thing continues to surprise and amuse me.

Anyway, I’ll be the first to admit I have gotten a little obsessed with getting all my steps in lately. I may have mentioned that I increased my step goal to 15,000. What I haven’t really mentioned is why.

It’s the 5-10 pounds that came on board last year and that I haven’t been able to get rid of no matter what I do.

eat all the things

This is me….ALL the time!

I could work out til I’m blue in the face. I could run all the miles, lift all the weights, swim all the laps, and bike all the bikes? The reality is, if I keep eating ALL the food, those 5-10 pounds that are hanging on for dear life are going to be permanent.

Yesterday I was reading about a new study that determined people who perform moderate exercise daily burn an average 200 calories more per day than sedentary people. But the study also determined that people who exercise vigorously, even more than the moderate exerciser, don’t really burn many more calories because the body adapts to higher levels of activity!

So it all boils down to diet. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t eat a totally unhealthy diet. In fact, some people might think I eat really healthy and for the most part I do but I also engage in quite a few sweets and treats and I’m really bad at counting calories because God bless it, I’m always hungry! Always.  Sometimes I wish it was a tape worm so I’d really have an excuse but it’s just me, glutton girl.

food

I’m addicted to the good stuff and by good stuff I mean chocolate, sugar and salt!

Here’s the challenge. I’m addicted to Wendy’s Vanilla Frosty’s which I put ‘tons’ of reeses mini peanut butter cups in and I’m addicted to biscoff spread which I melt and dip my apples in….daily! I also tend to pig out on baked lays bbq chips throughout the week.  I need to break my addiction to these 3 things.

food, food, more food

Now seeing as how, I’m not all that creative when it comes to food and cooking, do you have any suggestions?

What can I substitute my frostys, biscoff and chips for that still tastes good and isn’t loaded with calories or my beloved sugar? Suggestions please…..