Lidiya Grigoryeva, 33, from Russia was the first woman to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon, becoming the first non-Kenyan woman to win in 8 years and first Russian to take the top prize in 14 years.
Her unofficial time was 2 hours, 29 minutes, 18 seconds. For a woman, that is incredibly impressive considering that Robert Cheruiyot, the first man to cross the finish line had an unofficial time of 2 hours, 14 minutes, 13 seconds. She was running and average of just under 6 minute miles!! Holy moly that's fast!
Not only did they run 26.2 miles, but they dealt with very strong winds, excessive rains, and flooding from the Nor'Easter.
Remember astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams? She began running her version of the Boston Marathon 210 miles above the Earth at 10 am. She was strapped to a treadmill in a harness so she wouldn't float away.
Suni qualified for the Boston Marathon before heading up into space by placing among the Top 100 in the women's category in the Houston Marathon! She's running in space to encourage kids to make physical fitness part of their daily routine.
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Not only that, but once she got into space, she decided to cut her long brown hair off, sent her ponytail back down to Earth, and donated it to Locks of Love to be made into a children's wig. She also set a record for most spacewalking time completed by a woman — 22 hours and 2 minutes.
I don't know about you, but I have no desire to run for over 2 hours straight. Not to mention, it would probably take me twice as long or more! These two woman have definitely astounded and inspired me. If they could run 26.2 miles at one time, I think I could work up to 30 minutes a day.