7 Half Marathons in 7 Days in Pictures
Six weeks ago my brother announced on Facebook that he was going to run 7 Half Marathons in 7 Days. Despite being nowhere near fit enough he wanted to show the world that anyone can run a half marathon. The funny thing it was my idea in the first place. I suggested it to him last year and if my brother was taking up the running challenge, then I had do it too.
All my life I’ve struggled with self-doubt. I’m 23 years old and I guess it’s just human nature to nurse insecurities.
I want to achieve big things in my life. I want to be best at everything I do and sometimes my fear of failure has become a hindrance. If I didn’t think I would be the absolute best at something, then I would shy away from it completely. I never want anyone to think that I wasn’t talented enough to succeed.
On Saturday March 7th, 2015, I made a vow to myself that I will start running. You need to set yourself goals in life. If you start postponing your targets then you’ll never get anything done.
A month and a half ago I moved to Adana, Turkey. A vibrant landscape with a mild climate and fertile soil, and one of the hottest cities in the country.
I knew straight away that I had to find an enjoyable running route in Adana if I wanted to succeed. 21k is a long distance and running is far more rewarding if the route is scenic and interesting. You need to be wary of fatigue and boredom when running long distances.
When I started running the first half marathon the weather was perfect. There were some rainy moments along the way, but I managed to take some pretty pictures with my iPhone while training.
Race Schedule at a Glance:
March 8 – 13.1 miles (Exploring the city)
March 9 – 13.1 miles (Exploring other possible routes)
March 10 – 13.1 miles (Exploring the hills near the campus)
March 11 – 13.1 miles (Reaching the lake)
March 12 – 13.1 miles (Surviving the rain)
March 13 – 13.1 miles (Surviving the rain)
March 14 – 13.1 miles (Finishing injury free)
Total miles: 91.7.
Most Challenging Race (expectation): The 2nd half marathon
Goal: To finish. To keep moving. To stay injury free.
Nutrition plan: Lots of carbohydrates (mainly from fruits – I had been to a local market two days before starting), electrolytes, huge protein intake immediately after runs and, of course, a cheat day after the 7th half marathon and lots of chocolate.
Rest plan: Seven hours of sleep per night.
Hydration plan: A bottle of 0.5l of water during the run. I can’t believe I don’t have an ultra-hydration backpack.
Running shoes: Airia One
Running the 7 Half Marathons
Running seven half marathons in seven days was a brilliant experience. Although I wanted to quit after Day 4 because the weather was terrible, I kept on pushing myself and experienced a lot of pain in order to achieve my goal.
I successfully completed two half marathons on a 300m-flooded track because I didn’t have anywhere else to run. Due to the adverse weather conditions, Adana’s streets were flooded and not safe for running.
I had to improvise and found myself being chased by stray dogs and a car almost hit me while parking! I kept on telling myself that I was completely crazy and that I had to stop, but I found some inner strength and kept on going.
The toil started to pay off. Every single mile I ran was worth the pain.
Day 1. A journey of 91.7 miles begins with a single step.
Day 2. The pain goes on but the weather is perfect.
The first two half marathons were the toughest. On the 3rd day my muscles were increasingly fresh and adapting to my running efforts.
Day 3. One step at a time.
Day 4. “Please stop raining!”
I ran with my waterproof iPhone armband and I took a few pictures towards the end of my run.
A quick pit stop at the hospital…
Day 5. I know what I have to do now. Avoid the rain.
Unfortunately that was not possible. Again I had to run with my waterproof armband.
Day 6. Two more days of pain left
Day 7. I did it!
Day#1 2:03:54 – 5:52min/km (Elevation: 177m)
Day #2 2:11:02 – 6:04min/km (Elevation: 250m)
Day #3 2:08:19 – 6:03min/km (Elevation: 235m)
Day #4 2:02:57 – 5:49min/km (Elevation: 186m)
Day #5 1:58:13 – 5:36min/km (Elevation: 36m)
Day #6 2:09:26 – 6:08min/km (Elevation: 194m)
Day #7 1:58:30 – 5:36min/km (Elevation: 35m)
- I didn’t get enough sleep
- I didn’t eat enough protein (muscle loss)
- More stretching would have been beneficial
- I didn’t run for sake of beating a specific time. I ran for fun and joy alone. All photos were taken with my iPhone 6.
Would I do it again? Anytime.