“I’m a corporate lawyer turned fitness journalist and ultramarathoner.
SHUTUPANDRUN is for athletes who think medals are the highest form of Bling. We sweat with swagger on the streets of our cities. And we never sacrifice style for function. Fueled by the ethos that there is no finish line, I channel the collective energy of the world’s running crews, a family forged in sweat.” (source)
I sincerely hope many of you already know about this amazing chick from the Big Apple, but in case any of you haven’t, please take this as your cue to check out her website and her Instagram and Twitter profiles.
Just two days ago she finished her fifth marathon in five days for ‘MS run the US’.
Five marathons in five days.
FIVE MARATHONS IN FIVE DAYS.
About a week ago I found myself wondering if I should quit running. Stop doing it. Leave behind the piles of sweaty clothes and lonely left socks, and join my friends who tell me I’m crazy to chose running over sleep and insane to run in the rain. Give up the runner’s high and the endorphins and my post run monster smoothies.
I had just gotten back from my first appointment with a new physiotherapist (No more needles, hooray!). I had walked in hoping to hear about a magic trick, or a magic shoe, that would make all my problems go away. But when I walked out, the Berlin Marathon seemed further away than ever.
For 45 mins he had watched me run, had bended my leg in ways I didn’t formerly deem possible (turned out, neither did he) and had thrown lot’s of “ahh… I see”-s at my head. The picture of him looking doubtfully at his computer screen mumbling something about ‘taking the time to write it all down carefully’ was still etched in my brain. With a small leg length discrepancy, and a lower back & pelvis that are stuck in place while the rest of my joints suffer from hypermobility, running a marathon just felt kind of out of reach. It honestly felt like my body just isn’t meant to be running.
And that’s when I read about Robin and her five marathons.
Five marathons in five days, I really can’t get over it. Reading Robin’s story motivated me to try to make it work. I might never be able to run 5/5, but my legs surely should be able to handle just the one.
For the moment I might not be allowed to run on pavement, & have to take it real easy, & start a quest looking for the perfect footwear. But so what if I will have to build muscle strength like no other to make up for my hollow back and weird joints? I’m told that if I put in enough time & effort, it is possible. And who knows, if I try hard enough, it might even be possible to get in shape in time to run Berlin on September 29th.
I must admit that at the moment it all seems a bit daunting. Lucky thing I wasn’t planning on running 42.2 kilometres because I thought it would be easy.
So yes, I do take thee, sweet running shoes, to be my companion until the end of my days – or at least until the end of September.
Here’s to daily sweating
To determination & dedication
To claiming the sunrise as yours.
To squats, lunges, and standing-bow-pulling-poses
To killer breakfasts
And to lots of post-workout beer.
Here’s to running that goddamn marathon.