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.

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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?

He ran a marathon in the desert without water!

My mom sent me a text message yesterday and reminded me that my dad also helped to build the train for the park that is now known as Dollywood.  I don’t know why I forgot to mention my dad except that I guess I’ve always grouped him in with ‘the uncles’ but I wanted to mention that because my dad passed away several years ago and those memories of him are very special to us.

Dollywood Train

Here is another link with much more information on how to help if you feel inclined to do so and I hope you do.

Have y’all been following the Sherri Papini case?  I first posted about it here when she went missing after going out for a jog and then again when she was found and I have to tell you I was so thrilled that she was found alive.  Very rarely is a kidnapping victim found alive and maybe that’s why the media is having a hard time with this story because it seems like there is a lot of scrutiny around her story lately.  Maybe it’s just me but it seems like every time I see her name in the media lately it’s related to doubts about her story.

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I’m bothered by this on so many levels because there’s a part of me that finds it infuriating that people would think unless you wind up dead a kidnapping story must be a hoax.  And then there’s a part of me, (the research nerd and the reddit junkie,) that believes someone is hiding something.  I’m not sure what I believe but I’m still drawn to the story.

Wim Hof is the Iceman.  He holds 20 world records including the longest ice bath.  He has the ability to control his body temperature through his breathing exercises called the Wim Hof Method.  He actually teaches the practice.

This man is no joke.  He actually complete a full marathon above the arctic circle in Finland and he finished in 5 hours and 25 minutes.  Oh, and if you don’t think that’s badass, consider the fact that he was wearing only shorts!

I recently watched a documentary about Wim Hof and how he controls his immune system.  It was the most interesting documentary I think I’ve ever seen and I’ve been obsessed with this man ever since.

Wim Hof allowed a group of research scientist to inject him with toxins which would typically cause a person to become ill and the body to begin to fight the infection but Wim Hof was able to suppress his immune system and alter his response.  He was not affected at all!  It was amazing.

Our immune system is amazing and it is vital for protection against invaders such as bacteria and viruses but adversely there are conditions in which the immune system kicks in when it shouldn’t and it attacks.  These are called autoimmune disorders and they include rheumatoid arthritis, M.S., Lupus, and more.   Researchers believe that with his method of controlling his own immune system, Wim Hof could shed light on controlling autoimmune disorders.

It’s a fascinating documentary.  And he only practices cold therapy, he also ran a marathon in the Namib Desert.  Oh, and did I mention that he ran that without any water?  Yeah, he did.

Follow the link above if you want to watch it and I know you do.

Would you run through the snow in shorts?

Thursday – The TCS New York City Marathon

This weekend is the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.  I wish I was running in it or even standing on the sidelines cheering everyone on.  That would be so amazing, but unfortunately, I’m over here deleting all my emails just in case…I need extra space on my hard drive or something.

I love following the elite athletes and the celebrities who sometimes run the New York City Marathon every year but my favorite stories are the ones that you don’t often hear about and the stories that warm your heart and sometimes make you cry a little.

Like this one….

This Mom is changing her shirt 26 times to honor 26 beautiful people and if you can get through this entire story without a tear you are stronger than I.  Click on the video to see the story.

mom-changing-shirtsAnd this one about the superman from my youth, Christopher Reeve.  I loved him.  He was an icon and I clearly remember when he was injured and subsequently paralyzed.  This year his son Will Reeve will be running his very first Marathon, the TCS New York City Marathon for the Christopher Reeve foundation.

 

If you want to watch the race you can go to this link for information.

Do you plan on watching the race this weekend?