Alyssa Clark has definitely hit her daily steps on her fitness tracker. And then, few.
The 28-year-old from Burlington, Vermont has run 26.2 miles – the full length of a marathon – every day for 95 straight days, making good use of her COVID quarantine while living. in Italy during the pandemic.
Clark was inspired in her Forest Gump-esque run by the quarantine stagnation in March 2020, the need to train her as a super-marathon runner to use.
What started as 25 consecutive days of running a marathon skyrocketed to a staggering number, where she was just short of her goal of running 100 marathons in 100 consecutive days.
As a result, Clark became a world record holder by the Guinness Book of World Records by eclipsing the previous female record of 60 consecutive days (set by Alice Burch of England in 2015). Her profile was only recently made official because of the tedious process of compiling witness statements, videos, and running data for submissions.
“Not every day has to be perfect or fun”, she wrote on her Instagram page after a long time working at Big Sur. “I say this more to show that honing is sometimes ugly and motivation can’t be the only motivating factor.”
Clark quote Forest Gump’s “I just feel like running” after her world record. On another post, she writes: “I was asked the other day what percentage of sprinting was mental and physical. I pretty quickly answered ‘85% mind and 15% physical.'”
Clark began her run at indoor facilities in Naples, Italy, where her military husband was stationed.
“And so… on March 31, I just got on the treadmill and started running,” Clark told CNN. “This has no consequences… If you screw up a thing or if you don’t finish it or anything like that, you won’t get tomorrow.”
What’s even more remarkable about this feat is that she continued her running challenge throughout the international route from Italy to Florida by running a 1 a.m. marathon while staying at a US military base. Virtue. She is also an English teacher, on her Instagram page.
Perhaps the only thing keeping Clark from reaching the 100-day plateau was her contracting of COVID-19, stopping her record at 95.
“I’ve always said that if I felt like I was putting myself in a position to be a burden on the health system, I would stop immediately,” Clark said. told The Williams Record, a student paper. “So as soon as things started going downhill, I backed out of it. …I couldn’t understand that just saying enough was enough for my body.”