She wants to run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents Runner Becca Pizzi, 34, uses a snowbank to stretch as she trains along Heartbreak Hill in Newton, Mass., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
She wants to run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents
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Seven marathons, in seven days, on seven continents? You'd be forgiven for thinking Becca Pizzi is seven kinds of crazy.
 
"I get that a lot," said Pizzi, who's vying to be the first U.S. woman to complete the World Marathon Challenge.
 
The 35-year-old day-care center operator from Belmont, Massachusetts, is one of 15 competitors from around the globe who will attempt the feat in January.
 
Pizzi is no stranger to the rigors and ravages of the classic 26.2-mile distance, having run 45 marathons, including 15 Bostons, and she's 27 states into her quest to run a marathon in all 50.
 
Friends say she's got one setting, beast mode, but she's never tried anything like this, nor has any other woman from the U.S.
 
"The second I heard about it, I knew I was born to run this race," Pizzi told The Associated Press. "I'm doing it to represent my country and to inspire the world that you can do anything you put your mind to."
 
On Jan. 23, 2016, she'll be in Union Glacier, Antarctica, to run the first of seven full marathons. Next up, on consecutive days, she'll run in marathons in Punta Arenas, Chile; Miami; Madrid; Marrakech, Morocco; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Sydney.
 
Within a span of 168 hours, 59 of those spent recovering in compression socks aboard a charter flight shuttling competitors 23,560 miles from race to race, she'll have conquered all seven continents: Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
 
"It's going to be an uncomfortable seven days," she said. "We may not even get a shower. It's basically going to be run, sleep, eat, repeat."
 
Four other Americans, all men, will join her, along with competitors from Australia, Germany, Japan, Morocco and Singapore, including three other women. So far, only one woman, Marianna Zaikova, of Finland, has completed the Challenge, and she did it in its first running in 2015.
 
It's not just exhausting; at $36,000, it's expensive. Pizzi fronted the cash but has been lining up corporate sponsors to help defray the cost. So far, two companies - Ultima, which makes electrolyte replacement drinks, and Dr. Cool, which sells compression sleeves and other performance items - are covering about half of her expenses.
 
A busy single mom, Pizzi has been training 30 hours a week, and that includes 80-100 miles a week of running, plus yoga and cross-training workouts.
 
Boston lawyer Jenny Rikoski, who does long runs with Pizzi on weekends, is flying to Chile, and possibly to Antarctica, to cheer for her friend on an odyssey she finds both inspiring and empowering.
 
"It shows how far we've come," said Rikoski, 37. "Forty years ago, women weren't allowed to run the Boston Marathon (and) now we have a Bostonian who's ready to run not just one marathon, but seven in a week. It shows how strong women are and what they can accomplish."
 
Training partner Janet Chambers, 43, of Boston, is confidant Pizzi has the right stuff.  "She can do anything, she finishes everything she starts."
 
Pizzi, whose marathon personal best is 3 hours, 25 minutes, plans to pace herself by running each of the seven races closer to four hours. She'll have to cope with extreme cold and heat as well as wildly varying running surfaces: snow in Antarctica, sand in the Sahara.
 
What's stressing her out the most is thinking about being apart from her 7-year-old daughter, and just thinking in general.
 
"It's all going to be about focus, mind over matter," she said. "If I let my mind go, the race is over. I'll really have to take this one marathon at a time."

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COMMENTS (4)
  • Eric0221-YYCA
    12/09/2015 - 09:49 p.m.

    I think that the seven around world marathon is going to become very tough for Becca Pizzi who will run in each location she will run in all of earth's continents. I think that this is going to be impossible for her to run in all seven continents in seven days or a week for her to complete. The seven around world marathon is going to be tough but I think that she can be able to handle the toughness in all of earth's seven continents. The seven continent marathon should become very tough for one person to complete which I think that it would be tough that a person would have to rest during each marathon.

  • natalier-4-bar
    12/11/2015 - 01:46 a.m.

    The fraise "run, sleep, eat, repeat," means that anyone going through this method is very busy and has no other time to do anything else than what they must or are required to do, they are on a tight schedule and they only have time to do what's so time consuming and to eat and sleep to keep their bodies healthy. This fraise definitely applies to Pizzi because, "Within a span of 168 hours, 59 of those spent recovering in compression socks aboard a charter flight shuttling competitors 23,560 miles from race to race, she'll have conquered all seven continents: Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia,(paragraph eight). That quote from paragraph eight shows that Pizzi is working very hard and is always gonna be on the move she barely has time to do anything else. I really liked this article because it shows that if you set you mind to something and you believe in your self you will accomplish your goal, Pizzi's training and planning is a perfect representation of believing in your self to accomplish your goals. I feel terrible for Pizzi because she has to leave her seven-year- old for so long.

  • christr-
    12/14/2015 - 09:07 a.m.

    I didn't learn much from this article, either than the fact she wants to run in all seven continents in seven days.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    12/21/2015 - 01:37 p.m.

    I think that Becca Pizzi is doing an amazing thing. Not that many women have tried the World Marathon Challenge. I think that Becca will be an inspiration to many people and encourage them to not give up. Becca will be running seven marathons in seven continents in seven days. The phrase: "Run, sleep, eat repeat, means that that is basically all you will be doing. Becca will be running for practice and during the marathon. She will also sleep and eat and do it all over again.

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