No matter how you look at it, there is something special about running a marathon every single day for two months. A marathon a day works out to 183 miles a week for nine weeks, mileage beyond the reach of most dedicated runners.
Tim Borland plans to run 26.2 miles each and every day, beginning today, September 3, in Anaheim and finishing with the ING New York City Marathon on November 4. He figures he can average 9-minute miles while doing so, meaning that the 32-year old will run 63 consecutive 4:15 marathons.
To top it all off, Borland will also be pushing a stroller for the duration of the journey.
Borland will be running to raise money and awareness for ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), a degenerative disease that afflicts children and usually kills them before adulthood. The cross-country journey is therefore called the A-T CureTour.
It is only logical to question why running 63 marathons is the best way to make a difference. Asked over the phone, Borland laughed at a question he has likely been asked far too many times.
“We’re trying to grab people’s attention and let the world know [about A-T]. Something as crazy as this will get [people] to want to know more and get them to give money as well.”
Borland, whose fastest marathon is three hours, has been training 80-120 miles a week in preparation, often running four consecutive 20-mile days. He says he does not consider what he is doing to be a superhuman accomplishment.
“I think our biggest roadblock is our own mind. We just discount it as being inconceivable,” he said, adding that “Our bodies were designed to do a lot more than we do with them.”
His biggest challenge, then, will not be the mind-and-foot-numbing pounding of 1,650 miles over nine weeks. Rather, Borland thinks that his “biggest challenge is going to be staying hydrated and getting enough food.”
He plans to eat a whopping 8,000 calories a day, the equivalent of a dozen, well, Whoppers.