Athlete's Feat

Friday, July 19, 2013

Meet Annette Fredskov, the woman who ran 366 marathons in 365 days

Photo Courtesy/Annette Fredskov's Twitter Account
Meet Annette Fredskov, the 41-year-old Danish woman who ran 366 marathons in one calendar year.

The mother of two ran one marathon every day for a year starting on July 15, 2012 and capped off her miraculous feat by running two marathons on the 365th day.

That’s 26.2 miles every day for a year—most people take three to four days to recover from one marathon—for a total of 9,589.2 miles.

“It has been a completely indescribable and wonderful day. My dream has come true, and it cannot be described with words,” Fredskov said on her website after she ran her final marathon on July 14. “It has been a gigantic run feast and I am completely overwhelmed, happy, grateful and tired.”

To make the accomplishment even more impressive, Fredskov was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2010.  

Instead of letting her diagnosis get the best of her, she decided to start running.

'Three years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and today I have - without drugs - no discomfort or symptoms,” she told the Daily Mail. “I believe that racing and the marathons have a big impact on that.”

Along with attempting to improve her health, Fredskov is using her success to inspire others with MS to show them that the disease does not have to run their lives.

“It should not deter you from living life to the fullest and going for your dreams,” she said, via Daily Mail. “It is my hope that I am able to inspire others to do what they dream about.”

Now that her feat is complete, what is next for the marathon woman? Some sleep, of course.

“There is so much to tell,” she said on her website, “but I will have to go to bed now.”

What is your greatest athletic accomplishment? Tell us in the comment section below.


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