Confined to his apartment, Elisha Nochomovitz figured out a way to continue to exercise and train by running a full marathon, 26.2 miles and never leaving his 23-foot long balcony. If my math is correct, that’s 6,014.6 laps. It’s making me dizzy just thinking about it!
Describing it as a ‘physical and mental challenge’, he saw it as a way to extend his support to medical personnel who were doing an “exceptional job”, he told Associated Press from his apartment in Toulouse, the south of France. He was well trained, he had been training for a marathon, he just wanted to prove to himself he could run the distance.
“It was about launching a bit of a crazy challenge and bringing a bit of humor, to de-dramatize the confinement situation,” he said.
The feat took him six hours and 48 minutes, and although he didn’t count the laps, his pedometer kept track of the distance for him. He did get a little nauseous, but his biggest concern was the effect on his neighbors below!
The French authorities are still allowing people to go outside for exercise such as running, but only if they complete a form explaining their reasons for leaving their homes.