Today’s guest is a woman that has run around the world on more than one occasion.
She also holds two world records from the two times she completed the World Marathon Challenge.
I will go a few easy miles with Becca Pizzi as she details her many adventures and what if anything can top them.
Boston Born and Bred
Becca grew up running from a young age and was born into a family that encouraged her passion.
The Boston Marathon course was about 6 miles from her backyard growing up.
She has fond memories of cheering the Boston runners and knew without a doubt that she would run the race one day.
Currently Becca has run 17 consecutive Boston Marathons with no plans of stopping, even after the historic weather conditions this past year.
Becca’s advice for anyone new to running Boston:
- Don’t underestimate the course- it’s tough.
- Enjoy the race, because you worked to get there.
- The experience can be dampered if you’re racing and not having fun.
- Check out the city and the expo- it’s as much a part of the experience as the race itself.
Boston isn’t the only marathon Becca runs, with about 12 marathons filling her schedule each year.
Her goal is to eventually finish a marathon in all 50 states and and someday run the Kona Ironman.
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World Marathon Challenge
Becca first heard about the World Marathon Challenge when she read about a few failed attempts by American women.
The challenge was the ultimate test of endurance and strength and Becca felt she was born to do it.
During training and racing her motto was to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Becca’s training for the World Marathon Challenge was unique and included:
- Running 70-100 miles per week.
- Crosstraining such as Crossfit, Personal Training, and Yoga.
- She studied the course intensively.
- Some of her training was done in Canada as a way to test her cold gear.
The few mistakes she made leading up to the challenge was never running a marathon outside of the country prior to the event and also never doing back to back marathons during training.
Becca equates her life to a puzzle having to split her energy in several different areas.
Between the daycare she owns, an ice cream shop she manages, and raising her daughter Becca has to be creative with fitting in her training.
All her training is done at 4:30 a.m. before her other responsibilities begin.
Becca was sponsored by Tom Brady’s company TB12.
The preparation for her first World Marathon Challenge went much differently than her second.
Even with training differing each year, the one thing she did the same was racing her heart out.
The challenge taught her many lessons including:
- Be brave.
- Take chances, dream big, and believe in yourself.
- Have FUN.
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