Couple sets marathon resolution
When it comes to resolutions, some are just more extreme than others. Instead of resolving to exercise every day by purchasing some used gym equipment or joining a fitness club, an Australian couple has vowed to run a marathon every day in 2013.
According to ABC News, Alan Murray and his wife, Janette Murray-Wakelin, are raising money for charity by running 26.2 miles each day throughout the year. The grandparents, who are in their 60s, also want to raise awareness about healthy living.
"Twenty years ago I wouldn't be able to run one city block, couldn't run a hundred meters," Alan told the news source. "But since then, I've lost 50 pounds I just feel so much better."
The Murrays are no strangers to long-distance running. In 2010, they ran 50 marathons in 50 days.
If they successfully complete their goal, they won't be the first to do so. According to ESPN, in 2011, a Belgian man ran 365 consecutive marathons. Stefaan Engels, known as the "Marathon Man," ran a total of 9,569 miles. He said the key to achieving his goal was running slowly.
"I recover quickly," Engels told the news provider. "I don't run fast and my heartbeat is slow, but it is more a mental story. The problem was thinking about running a marathon every day. I just told myself to run that day and did not think about the next day or next week."