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. 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? 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 (39)
  • annabel1226-yyca
    12/08/2015 - 09:08 p.m.

    Wow, I think she won't die to early. I think she won't die because she exercise that much. I wish I have time to exercise with my mom. It will be great lose lose fats in my body. If I run that much then I would die. I would die because my side will hurt too much. I wish that I could lose some fats.

  • briannam-wal
    12/09/2015 - 11:45 a.m.

    When she runs one marathon she will have to "Run,sleep,eat,repeat. she will have to run then sleep get up then eat and do it all over again.

  • katelynt-wal
    12/09/2015 - 11:50 a.m.

    Wow this women is amazing! If i could, I would be her. She is a great role model!

  • kendalls1-wal
    12/09/2015 - 11:52 a.m.

    Its mean that all they women did was 1st eat then she slept then she ate and she just kept repeating that. She is inspiring to so many people and kids. Thanks again

  • katelynt-wal
    12/09/2015 - 11:52 a.m.

    Run, sleep, eat, repeat means after she gets done running on one continent, she sleeps then gets some food. then she did the same thing on the next continent! :) :) :) :)

  • elysec-wal
    12/09/2015 - 11:54 a.m.

    That means thats the only thing they are going to do the whole time. On there trip and they won't have time to do anything else.

  • coltr-wal
    12/09/2015 - 12:03 p.m.

    She only does that every day to get ready for the races and to stay fit.

  • ethenk-wal
    12/09/2015 - 12:07 p.m.

    This means that is what your life is based on and that is a little exaggerated.But that means that all you do is run, eat, sleep, repeat.

  • fabior-wal
    12/09/2015 - 12:13 p.m.

    When she runs one marathon she will have to "Run, sleep, eat, repeat" She will have to run then sleep get up then eat and do it all over again.

  • gracier-wal
    12/09/2015 - 12:29 p.m.

    It means all she does when she runs her 7 marathons is run sleep, eat, because she wants to try to do it in 7 days.

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