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. And 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. She's a veteran of 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 will be 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. And including three other women. So far, only one woman, Marianna Zaikova, of Finland, has completed the Challenge. 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. 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. 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. She'll face snow in Antarctica and sand in the Sahara.
 
What's stressing her out the most? 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 (102)
  • taylornelson-bak
    12/08/2015 - 06:00 p.m.

    I think that the article is both crazy and cool at the same time.

    • wilsoash3-dil
      3/03/2016 - 03:09 p.m.

      True I believe she is a little crazy.

  • haileym-hor
    12/08/2015 - 06:59 p.m.

    In the article about pizzi wants to run 7 miles for 7 days in 7 continents. I believe that what the author is trying to tell everyone in the article that in their opinion is to run the race and that it can be easy or hard. I've learned that if you can train or set your mind to something that you have wanted to do you can do anything you would like. I agree that this challenge is going to be very difficult because you could face some extreme weather like snow in Antarctica,and sand in Sahara. There could be hot,and cold weather that will or may be very hard to do.

  • annabel1226-yyca
    12/08/2015 - 08:37 p.m.

    Wow, she must be really healthy because she walks all lot. If I were her than I would faint. I would faint because I have to run 7 marathons in 1 day. Wouldn't your side of your body hurt? I wish I could run like that in a day. She should be in the Olympics because if she runs like that then she will be famous. She could win a medal and make herself proud. I hope that she could reach her goal by running.

  • william1108-yyca
    12/08/2015 - 09:11 p.m.

    WOW! running seven Continets seven marathons and seven days. That must be really hard. I am sure that I don't want to run that long. I am sure that I would just get tired and just quit. And it must also be freezing. If I don't wear stuff when it is freezing then I am probably freeze to death. Maybe one day I will think about it if I should enter in a race like that in my life. Or maybe not. Maybe I won't enter in a race like that. I think that the race doesn't exist. So I am happy it doesn't.

  • yusufh-wes
    12/09/2015 - 09:12 a.m.

    What she means by run,sleep,eat,repeat is that she will run,sleep,and eat in those seven days repeatedly.

  • tylerm1-wes
    12/09/2015 - 09:13 a.m.

    Run, sleep, eat, and repeat means she might have to do that same thing everyday. That means she won't have time to take a shower or do anything else except those three things.

  • bryantl-sch
    12/09/2015 - 12:49 p.m.

    They had prepare for seven uncomfortable days for seven marathons for some rough times.

  • hblake1-par
    12/09/2015 - 01:51 p.m.

    I think that when she runs the marathon it will be hard to rest and eat

  • srebecca-par
    12/09/2015 - 01:59 p.m.

    Wouldn't your legs heart? I love that Pizzi is runing a 7 marathon in 7 days.

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