Caught the running bug less than two years ago, I completed San Diego's Half Marathon Triple Crown series in 2015 and qualified for the first qualifiers-only half marathon - the USA Half Marathon in November 2015. At that time, I was asking myself the question: what is next? Step up to a marathon or give triathlon a shot?
One day, the answer landed in my hands without me trying.
When I traveled to Antarctica back in 2010, I was fascinated by the golden age of polar exploration and has determined to make it to both poles of the earth. I have searched polar expeditions and marathon running often enough that the North Pole Marathon race showed up one day under the "You might also like this" section of my browser. It took me less than a heartbeat to decide that I wanted to run it. It was almost like a dream-come-true moment for me.
What is more interesting is that the more you search a certain topic online, the more you will be sucked into this territory. Ever since I signed up for the North Pole Marathon, I have been fed with links and ads about all sorts of extreme marathons. Within this category, the most challenging one is the World Marathon Challenge: to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Before I kill myself by attempting the World Marathon Challenge, I will be content to complete marathons on all seven continents - with breaks in between.