The Bible says that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us.
Nothing could be farther for an Australian couple, in their 60s, running every day for 366 days.
Indeed, when we set our mind to do something, we can do it if we go after it with everything we have.
Read the story below and you’ll be challenged to go after your dreams.
The pair ate up to 30 bananas each a day as they completed a trek of almost 16,100 kilometres around Australia.
The couple, both raw vegans from New Zealand, ended their journey with an extra marathon to their home in Melbourne at 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day to set the world record.
Janette Murray-Wakelin, 64, and Alan Murray, 68, rose early each day and ran 366 consecutive marathons with no days off. Murray-Wakelin said she was looking forward to a break and planned to sleep in, do some gardening and spend time with her grandchildren – and then go running the next day.
Photograph by: Janette Murray-Wakelin , Facebook
“You don’t stop doing something that works,”
During the run, the couple skirted a cyclone, floods, a bushfire and a hailstorm near Perth, during which they took a half-hour break and drank a vegetable smoothie before continuing through the heavy weather.
Murray-Wakelin missed the birth of her fifth grandchild in June, but was running in south Queensland when a motorcycle rider called out her name and revealed he was a cousin she had not seen in 45 years. He apparently said “Good to see ya” before rushing off to work.
The couple’s standard day involved rising at 4 a.m. and eating 10 bananas, a grapefruit and a date smoothie for breakfast, then another 10 bananas at 8 a.m., a green smoothie at 9 a.m., a fruit salad at the 31-kilometre mark and three oranges at about 37 kilometres before finishing at 4 p.m. and eating an avocado, vegetable juice and a salad for dinner.
“The first few weeks we were sore, breaking ourselves in,” Murray said. “After that, it actually became easier every day. I really don’t think we’ve had any days when we didn’t think we could make it. But we had a few longer days through extremes of heat. We had some 44 degree days going up into Canberra.”
The run is understood to have beaten the world record set in 2011 by a Belgian, Stefaan Engels, who completed 365 marathons in a year.
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