Oh, no. Wait. That's crazy. Only people much, much stronger than I can take on that challenge. Like this guy:
|Gregg= the guy running in black|
|The mileage count when I ran - 124 miles so far|
That's Gregg, a member of my local running club and a pretty incredible person. Over the last few years, he has taken on a number of endurance challenges to raise money for Carter Hope Center, an addiction/drug treatment facility in the local area. This past weekend, Gregg decided he would try to run 131 miles in 24 hours. On a treadmill. In a seriously hot gym.
Now, I've been to that gym before. I used to workout there about a year ago, and the place it stinking hot. Even with a fan placed right in front of his treadmill, it must have been 70 degrees and some serious humidity. I was complaining for the HOUR I ran. Never mind 24 hours. And you guys, I actually like running on a treadmill. This is how excited I was to get one for my own house about a year ago:
Anyway, while I was being a baby and complaining about a little sweat, Gregg was killing it. He started running on Friday night at 5 pm and continued until the same time on Saturday. Tim and I signed up to run with him for just a short portion of that time - an hour on Saturday afternoon. It was so incredibly inspiring to see him at this stage of the game.
He was clearly in pain, but there was no way he was stopping. His friends and family members had been up all night cheering him on, and countless people stopped by to run, spin or use the elliptical all night, each minute being a dollar that got donated to the Carpet Hope Center. In the end, he was able to raise more than $25,000!
Although I can't imagine running for 24 hours straight, I imagine at some point it gets entirely mental. I hope one day I can tap into that and push through to the next stage, the next level of running.
What's the longest you have even run/hiked/cycled?
My marathon was 4 hours and 37 minutes, so that's the longest so far. I have probably hiked longer, but I'm pretty sure stopping to take pictures and eat snacks makes that less intense.
Can you imagine every tackling a 24 hour endurance event like this? What would it take?
I think I border on the JUST crazy enough to tackle something like that. I wouldn't just do it for myself - but if it was a way to raise money, I might think about it.