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Jennifer Robbins Bell Is Conquering 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks!

From episode: Jennifer Robbins Bell: Conquering 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks and Beyond

So today we are going to be learning all about Jennifer Robbins Bell's journey. So let's listen in. Welcome to the show, Jen. Great to have you here. Thank you so much for having me. Yeah, we've had a few glitches. One of them being, I thought you were resting from a marathon last week, but you told me you just did another marathon today. Tell me about this journey you're on. So I set a goal for myself at the beginning of the year to run, or try to run, 52 marathons in 52 weeks. Wow. Now which marathon was this? Which week? So this week was week 34. Oh my goodness. So you have run 26 .2 miles every weekend since January. So my schedule is a little bit different. I'm not doing exactly every week. I work in the field of education. So this summer when I wasn't working, I ran more marathons. And right now I'm just trying to be flexible with my work schedule. So it doesn't always work out that I can run a marathon. I have done multiple marathons, like in a series, to try to make up for the weekends that I can't run. Wow. That's amazing. How are you holding up? How's the body feeling? I think that's one thing that amazes me the most, is that I do seem to have a body that's able to recover quickly from doing the long. And I think that, I don't know, I don't know the science behind it, maybe it's because I've done it so much that my body's just like, all right, this is what's going to happen. Here we go. So I don't know. I don't feel like really worn down or sore during, you know, afterwards. I feel pretty good. I mean, I'm definitely tired and, you know, sore. But maybe I'm just getting used to it. I don't know. Yeah. Once you, I think, build up that endurance, it's just another, it's like people who just walk a mile every day. That's what it is for you. So now other than finishing, do you have any goals set each time for times or anything? So it depends. The races that I've been working on, sometimes it's trail, sometimes it's road. I have done some ultras. So it just kind of depends on what the course is for the race that I'm doing. But my overriding goal is to always stay healthy and injury free. Of course, I always want to run as fast as I can. But you have to sort of rein yourself in a little bit when you're doing it week after week. Otherwise, that staying healthy goal will go up the window. So I do like to try to push as much as I can within reason.

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