Live For 175 Gallery: 7 Marathons in 7 Days
Live For 175 celebrates ten years this Saturday at the Village at Meridian. I'll be sharing some special moments with thousands in the Treasure Valley, stories, and insane moments. Check out these from my crazy 7 days on foot running a marathon per day.
It must have been weeks after staying awake for seven days and I was ready with our concept for the second year. I remember walking into my bosses office with some great laughter kind of like, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Really? We've only been doubted once because this is too important to fail. We have to keep our audience engaged and excited to reach as many listeners as possible. That's not easy and failure isn't an option.
I decided to run 7 marathons in 7 days with about 8 weeks of training (give or take a few). Michelle Heart (a ridiculously insane runner) say's the average person trains no less than five months for a marathon. We trained a few months for seven of them. This wasn't a favorite of our bosses because it took me off air. You have to remember that the first year was all about the listeners and their stories. The 7 Marathons in 7 Days was just different, but I loved running through every street in the Treasure Valley. I was able to run up to people that were waiting outside offices, bus stops, and neighborhoods.
Michelle Hearts most recent marathon time was 4 hours and 3 minutes. I wasn't able to speed through and finish. We set-up 2-3 stops per day in order to meet and speak with listeners. The crowds grew as the week went on and people could see I was actually running full marathons streamed live. I never left early and made it a rule to speak with every single person that came out. You can't imagine the emotional rollercoaster I was on and our team had been going through. People were telling me their darkest stories and it would be irresponsible for me to show my pain as if I somehow knew what they felt. I will never know. Holding in that alone was extremely challenging and the physical damage was something I'd never felt. I would do it again if I felt God would let me. The marathons was definitely a one shot deal. I had a great friend in my trainer and just amazing staff. Lucky Tha Dj gets the, "I can't believe pulled that off!" award. My trainer said I was running something like a 7-minute mile for the last stretch and as I came into Downtown Boise there were a few surprises. I was greeted by so many of our listeners, staff, friends, and LIfe Fllight. Lucky had arranged Life Flight to take me away to get looked at after the 7 marathons (pending no emergencies were in progress obviously.)
This is from Live For 175, 2009.