As an ultrarunner under a strict Italian quarantine, Clark came up with the idea of running a marathon on her treadmill everyday until she could run outside again. She enjoyed the ride so much that she has stuck with it well beyond the isolation period.
“In Italy we were under a very strict lockdown. We couldn’t run or walk outside without our papers with us.”
She came up with the idea on 29 March and started running 31 March. Until the beginning of May, every run was done on a treadmill.
Currently residing in Panama City Beach, Florida, Clark is hoping to complete 75 marathons in 75 days, well beyond the women’s world record which was previously set at 60 marathons in 60 days (the men’s record is unofficially 607, but Clark isn’t ready to commit to overtaking that mark).
While Clark may continue beyond 75, she says the cumulative fatigue is building up.
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Marathon 63! We have finally made it to our final destination of Panama City Beach, Florida after five days of travel. I will admit that yesterday I thought seriously about stopping. But deep down I know this journey isn’t over yet. There are still steps to be taken forward and a few more marathons to run. There is still work to be done. One day at a time. One hour at a time. One minute at a time. One step at a time. We keep moving forward. With love to all ❤️🏃♀️🏔
“This started out being really fun, and it’s getting less fun now,” she jokes.
After she finishes her marathon streak, she’ll start training for the Moab 240, which is set to take place this October in Utah.
“I’m really looking forward to that right now,” she says.
“I want to make sure I’m healthy and fit so I can have a good build.”
She’s averaging around four hours per marathon right now, but sometimes it’s a little quicker if she feels good and a little longer if the weather isn’t great.
While this isn’t exactly trail running, Clark says she feels like the mental fortitude she’s gained from this experience will be invaluable when she can race on the trails again.
“The mental toughness component is huge,” she says. “This will be a great jumping off point for me fitness-wise, but I’m really excited to get back on the trails again. I’m looking forward to resuming running in the mountains.”
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“We think about when it will be all a memory but normality will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift. We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us. Every second will be precious. Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter. We will go back to laughing together. Strength and courage.”~ Pope Francis. I’ve been reading this quote over and over to myself to move forward with strength and courage and remember this too shall pass. So much of what we have is not a right but rather a gift. Join me on Saturday for #26againstcorona as we come together in these times of strength and courage. ❤️🏃♀️🏔
Article Credit: Ultrarunner sets world record, completes 64 marathons in 64 days
Original Author: Madeleine Kelly
Article Syndicated from runningmagazine.ca