I completed a marathon. That’s a sentence I never imagined I would say. That’s my race bib over on the right-hand side.
I signed up for a Guinness World Records™ Official Attempt Run. Today (September 19th, 2021), we attempted the official world record of the most people to complete a remote 10 km (6.2 mile) run in 24 hours. This is an official Guinness World Records™ certified run. I checked it out… they don’t care that I can’t run, as long as I finish the whole distance on the appointed day. If I can send in a fitness tracker record showing the date, time and distance covered, I qualify for the attempt. They don’t need me to do it fast, so I’ve got this! I signed up, and managed to convince my husband and a friend to join me in the attempt.
We did it. I’m not actually surprised that I did the distance. I’ve done 10 kilometres in a single day at least once a week for the last while. What I am surprised about is that I made it this far in my journey. I am a person who exercises. I am a person who signs up for marathons.
In 2021, I proved that I can carve out time to work on myself, not just work. I proved that I can stick with a physical activity long enough to build it into my routine, and make it something I miss when I am stuck at my desk. I attempted my first marathon. Who knows, it might not even be my last!
Now all I need to do is wait until the officials have confirmed the participant record count, and I get to proclaim proudly that I am a Guinness World Record™ holder. When the confirmation comes in, I’m taking Michael out to an Irish pub, where we shall hoist pints of Guinness to celebrate.