Marathons are the best things that have happened to my body and soul,
The past few weeks my publicist has been thinking about getting back into a decent workout routine. She once was pretty good at keeping up some form of physical fitness for decades, and most recently became a devotee of CrossFit, puppy version.
There is nothing like the “high” of completing a grueling workout, she says.
However circumstances moved around a bit, leaving insufficient time for lunges or laps around the track. All her running shoes need to be replaced. She also discovered the couch and how extremely comfortable it becomes coupled with a bag of Ruffles, or whatever salt conduit is available. I, who am known to curl up on the couch for several hours a day, have been trying to explain to her that billions of cats like me and people like her do this. Everyday!! Without Guilt!! She has been missing out.
But just yesterday she was out and caught herself looking at the latest running shoes. Just as she was about to drop a credit card, she decided she could get a better deal at the outlet. Running shoes are expensive, you know. That was her excuse anyway. Then she popped into a Thai restaurant two doors down where she did drop the credit card for some pad thai and spring rolls.
It’s all about priorities.
She was satisfied with her decision to put off getting back into shape so that she could fine tune her chopstick skills instead.
It all seemed very logical until the Universe, or whatever is responsible for ruining a good thing, shoved this bit of news in her face. Annette Fredskov, a 41-year-old Danish wife and mother, just completed running her 366th marathon in 365 days.
A marathon is 26. 2 miles, which means Annette ran nearly 10,000 miles in 365 days. She averaged roughly five hours per marathon, then got up the next morning and did it again.
And, on July 14, Annette ran 52.4 miles in a hair more than 10 hours.
OK, my pub thought, Annette is a masochist. Then she read on.
Annette is not a masochist. Annette is a remarkable women who three years ago was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a debilitating disease of the central nervous system that, sadly, can lead to death. She wanted a healthy diversion from the emotional and physical stress of this disease, for which there is no cure. She also believed that her actions would be inspiring to others who faced similar physical or emotional pain.
She began running “cannonballs,” the Danish equivalent of the U.S. half marathon. She completed 51 cannonballs in 2011.
In July 2012, Annette upped the ante. She began running 26.2 miles every day for a year. On the anniversary, she added another. Why not? Maybe it was for Leap Year 2012, which she missed, or good measure. As if that was not enough, she blogged every detail. (A link to her blog is below.)
Annette ran her tandem marathons in her hometown of Naestved. She was joined by many supporters and met with the media at the finish line. She was elated. Here are some of her quotes as lifted from the Daily Mail:
“When I woke up this morning, I felt like I was run over by a steamroller. Flat, tired and heavy.”
“Three years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and today I have – without drugs – no discomfort or symptoms. I believe that racing and the marathons have a big impact on that.”
“Two years ago, I thought the same thing most people think: ‘Running a marathon isn’t healthy. A marathon is damaging to the body and it takes a long time to recover.’ I have now changed my mind. Marathons are the best things that have happened to my body and soul.”
Here is the English translation of Annette’s blog. It is originally written in Danish, which neither I nor my publicist understands too well. Keep in mind the translation to English is through Google, so it may read a little choppy. You still, however, can get the gist of the remarkable person Annette is.
Meanwhile, back on the couch, my publicist may have found the inspiration she needs to get back in the game.
Alone on the couch, yet again, Louisa May Alcatt