“Type A personality, always have a goal in the hopper or an addition to the bucket list,” said Furey, who ran with husband Richard.
She has another goal since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a year ago.
“If I don’t stop moving, I’ll never stop moving,” said Furey, who created a website: www.outrunningms.com.
Maria “Lulu” Gill of Paraguay finished her first marathon Sunday two months after her plans to run New York were wrecked by Super Storm Sandy.
“There must be a reason I trained for this,” she mused. “It’s like having a baby. You forget how much it hurt or you wouldn’t go through it again.”
Five minutes after finishing in 3:54, Gill had already forgotten. She’s returning to New York in November.
British explorer Ranulph Fiennes, who ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days in 2003, will soon attempt a historic winter crossing of Antarctica. If something goes wrong during the journey through the dark, at temperatures as low as minus 120 degrees, no rescue is possible. Why is he doing it? Well, it’s never been done before.
Pedro Belchior’s name won’t be written in any record book.
For him, marathoning is a personal journey. A pilot for Portugal’s TAP airline, Belchior spent his one-day layover in Miami finishing his 24th marathon, adding to ones he and his crew logged in South Africa, Brazil, Berlin, Boston, Budapest. He’s an explorer, too.
“I enjoyed it to 25K, then it was just suffering,” he said while lying on his back with feet propped up on a fence. On Monday, he flies back to Lisbon.
Why has Alberto Perusset run 71 marathons, including his 32nd in bare feet on Sunday? Because he’s a masochist?
“Because it’s fun,” said Perusset, organizer of the Malibu Marathon. “It’s the natural way to run and the endorphins released give you a natural high.”
Why in the world did Carlos and Debbie Condador run 26.2 miles in wedding costumes — he in tuxedo and black tie, she in ankle-length white gown? In 70-degree weather?
They did it to celebrate their 25th anniversary and inspire other couples. Carlos, a nurse anesthetist from Monument, Colo., and Debbie, mother of three, could have spent a relaxing weekend in Miami, but that would have been too easy.
“Our message is that marriage is like a marathon,” Debbie said. “You hit the wall, but you stay committed.”