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Running a Marathon on all 7 continents in 365 days

Running a Marathon on all 7 continents in 365 days

When I set off 2013, I knew I wanted to get in one continent in towards my goal of all 7. In 2012, I ran in the Great Wall Marathon. I was looking for my 3rd continent (including North America) in 2013. Well I got a bit more than I expected:

The title of the post is a bit misleading as it is exactly one week more than 365 days, or 372 days. I just thought it sounded better.

The biggest challenge now is running Hong Kong marathon and then three weeks later running Antarctica Marathon. I would have to deal with the heat and humidity in Hong Kong, and then the cold for Antarctica. This year, I ran mostly summer marathons in March/April so I trained indoors to get used to the heat. This year, I am going to have to train mostly for the Antarctica Marathon and spend some time getting acclimated to the heat/humidity when I am in Southeast Asia.

Another small challenge would be running Dublin on October 28th, and then running Auckland 6 days later. I hope that my legs still feel ok after Dublin and also survive the time zone changes enough to run in Auckland. I’ve ran with jet lag before and it really sucks. It feels as if you’ve been up drinking all night and now you have to run 26.2 miles. The only time I did that, I quit my long run at about 12 miles.

It is a bit crazy that except for the flight between Dublin and Auckland, I will be flying on American Airlines and Oneworld. 3 of the trips were revenue tickets while 4 of them were award tickets.

I hope nothing gets in the way of finishing any of the marathons but this would be awesome if I can pull this off. There was a week or two in September that I had thought about not being able to finish the 7 continents by next year due to the lack of vacation days. However, I managed to fit New Zealand in this year so I’m gunning to finish my 7th in 5 short months! I can’t wait for March 2014!

I’ve seen some posts lately about people’s 30’s being more awesome then their 20s. Well, this will be hard to beat.

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