What It’s Really Like to Race 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days

Becca Pizzi had done this before. In 2016, the mom from Belmont, Massachusetts, blazed many trails on her way to winning the World Marathon Challenge (WMC), the uber bucket-list race that requires participants to race seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

She set the women’s record for average marathon time during the event (3:55:11), and two years later she was ready to tackle the event again. But first, the 37-year-old needed to ask one important person: her 10-year-old daughter, Taylor.

“She’s my number one fan,” Pizzi told Runner’s World three days after her last race in Miami, Florida. “She believes in me more than I believe in me.”

With Taylor’s support, Pizzi decided to go for a different world record in 2018 for fastest duration to complete all the marathons and locked into the challenge just two months before race day. 

Pizzi said she was in excellent shape coming off a 10-marathon year in 2017, which included Chile’s steamy Volcano Marathon in November at 14,000 feet altitude. She trained through snow and sleet as a steely New England runner, and had experience on her side. Despite a lingering calf injury and some muscle tweaks, she was ready.

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But logging faster race times was only part of the equation. Pizzi crossed 16 times zones and recovered in between races on the fly—and literally in the air. Here’s a closer look at what completing the WMC is really like, from the eyes of a two-time winner.

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Source: https://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/becca-pizzi-world-marathon-challenge-experience

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