Keeping with the “3” theme, it’s just 3 months now until the start of the World Marathon Challenge! It seems like just a few days ago this whole idea of running 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 days was just an idea spinning around in my head.
And no, this actually has nothing to do with 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days aside from the fact that I’ve come to realize 7 is a magical number for me!
Yep, I’ve heard it all when it comes to the recent-ish decision to abandon running shoes in favor of my Luna Sandals! And if it hasn’t been expressed verbally, I certainly can see the expression on people’s faces as I’m rolling down the boardwalk or one of my favorite local running spots! 9 times out of 10 the conversation normally steers to why I am running sandals. So while I’m chilling on my couch after a fantastic weekend of participating in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon activities, I figured: why not make a quick blog post!
Back in September a close friend of mine (thanks L.A.!) shared an opportunity for a 6-day, 96.3 mile running adventure through the jungles, rivers and beaches of South Pacific Costa Rica. Knowing I had already committed to the World Marathon Challenge, the opportunity to run 6 days in a row certainly peaked my interest.
Back in February when I made the announcement I was taking on the World Marathon Challenge in 2018, I mentioned that my Grandmother was a huge inspiration to me and unknowingly led me down the path of running. But I didn’t really elaborate on how that came about.
With this past weekend’s first attempt at true back-to-back Marathon’s behind me I’ve finally had a bit of time to relax, and reflect. In case you didn’t catch my Testing the Waters blog post or handful of Facebook posts last week, the idea was a test on how prepared I am at this moment for the upcoming World Marathon Challenge in 2018 by running 2 Marathons over the course of a weekend with some geographical separation. In my mind the closer I can simulate the experience of running a Marathon, then sitting relatively cramped for several hours while travelling to the next Marathon destination and while having to rest/recover (including hydration/nutrition), the better prepared I’ll be to handle it during the Challenge.
So how do you train to run 7 Marathons, on 7 Continents in 7 Days? I’ve been asking myself this question for the better part of a year now! And certainly I’m not talking only the physical aspects. There is a significant mental hurdle to overcome running the Marathon distance, then sitting on a plane for several hours en route to the next Continent, with the possibility of significant environmental differences and potentially little in the way of sleep or recovery.
A little over a year and a half ago I remember sitting around talking with my family during our annual beach vacation telling them I had a crazy idea about running a Marathon in Antarctica. I didn’t think they thought too much of it because I have a bit of a reputation of coming up with crazy running adventures.