Mary Alice is on a mission to complete a half marathon on all 7 continents and as of June 2018, she is 6/7 of the way there! Mary Alice recently completed the Rio Half Marathon for her 6th continent (adding to Africa [Morocco]; Antarctica; Europe [Basel, Switzerland], North America [Tulsa, Oklahoma Route 66!]; and Asia [Petra, Jordan]) leaving her with only Oceanic left to conquer (most likely Australia). Fewer than 30 women have complete this challenge, and Mary Alice wants to get herself on that list!
Mary Alice highly recommends taking time to travel and explore, whether the race you're doing is in a new city or a new continent for you, preferring to do the race early in the trip and then have time to relax and take in the sights. The most challenging race of her journey thus far was in Petra, Jordan - racing in very high temperatures and on uneven surfaces. Her time in Petra was nearly double her other recent half marathon times. With all that, Mary Alice never felt like she needed to stop - positive thinking (she never let herself feel like she couldn't finish) kept her moving and, eventually, got to the finish line.
Mary Alice has done much of her training with our Halfer-in-Training program over the last several years and she credits help from her coaches, Benita, Monica, and Marty, for helping to make her training schedule work with this unique goal. When Mary Alice felt like she needed to increase her speed a bit, she spent some time with the Pathways 10K program. One of Mary Alice's finishes was in Antarctica (her husband also ran the full marathon there) so she made sure to come out to some of our very cold, but still supported, Saturday morning runs - she has to be creative to train for the unique conditions presented - including subfreezing conditions in Antarctica and sweltering and sunny conditions in Jordan. Through it all, Mary Alice has embraced the challenge and enjoyed the satisfaction of setting a goal and seeing it through. We'll keep you updated when Mary Alice completes her 7th and final half marathon and joins this elite club!