Tony Gaspar | Marathon FitPrior to listening to you, Sally Edwards, keynote the California International Marathon Expo event in 2011, I had been working on the concept of becoming what I coin as “Marathon Fit” — in such running shape that I could run a marathon anytime with no additional training. Then during your speech you mentioned the concept and coined it “365 Fitt”. Your talk was very inspirational. I have 6-Ironman triathlons und er my belt so I am fairly motivated but your talk inspired me even more. I decided that the best way to prove Marathon Fit was to run a marathon distance, a 26.2 mile run, each week for a year without ever skipping a week. I named the challenge 52 in 52 for 52 marathon-distance runs in 52 weeks. I created rules for my challenge:
- A week was defined as starting at 12:01 am Monday and ending at midnight on Sunday.
- All runs were to be continuous with nature breaks allowed, and
- All runs had to be GPS confirmed or sanctioned runs.
- The minimum distance for each marathon is 26.2 miles per run.
- I could never let my running interfere with family time, important events or work.
- I would accept invitations to run with anyone who wanted company if their run coincided with my run day, even if for just a short while.