(UPI) A Texas woman broke a Guinness World Record for most half marathons run on consecutive days when she ran a full marathon followed by 14 days of half marathons.
Andrea Amaro, a mixed martial arts fighter and behavioral health assistant at Rio Vista Behavioral Health Hospital, said she started her record attempt with a full 26.2 mile run at the El Paso Marathon and followed it up by running 13.1 miles each day for the next 14 days, which ended Sunday.
Amaro said she was left in so much pain after the first marathon that her first half-marathon involved a lot of limping.
"I don't think there was a day that went by where I thought I don't know how I'm going to get through this," Amaro told KVIA-TV.
Amaro is submitting evidence from her runs to Guinness World Records to be officially recognized as the record holder for the most half marathons run on consecutive days. She said her aim with the record attempt was to raise awareness of mental health issues.
"This message is really for mental health awareness," Amaro said. I hope that my message is whatever you do, you never give up. Life is full of obstacles. We're always going to have troubles and it's always not about how we fall but how we get up.
Amaro said she is now preparing for another running challenge.
"I'm taking a few days off, this coming Friday I will be doing the David Goggins challenge, it's 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours," she said.Copyright 2021 by United Press International