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.