Nothing but respect to people who have worked hard, put in the training, and have the endurance to run marathons. But boy, runners sure love letting everyone know that they run a marathon. Little known fact, there is no Facebook rule that requires you to post about every half-marathon that you “run” in. So when a self-isolated gentleman ran an entire marathon on his balcony, he of course told everyone on social media that he ran a full marathon on his balcony. Because of course he did.
We take you to France, where Elisha Nochomovitz is trying to stay in shape despite all of the recommendations to self-quarantine. Still having the burning desire to run, but being responsible enough to not gather in public, Elisha started running on the 23-foot balcony of his apartment in Balma, a suburb of the southern French city of Toulouse.
The current health situation canceled the Barcelona marathon on March 15 and the and Paris marathon on April 5. Nochomovitz had signed up to run in both marathons. Not to be discouraged, he brought the marathons to his balcony.
The 32-year-old has more free time since he is a furloughed restaurant worker and used that time to run a marathon on his balcony outside his apartment. Running laps and laps on his balcony, Nochomovitz ran the equivalent of 26.2 miles of a marathon on his balcony. Elisha isn’t sure of how many laps he ran on the balcony, but his pedometer kept track of his distance.
It took Nochomovitz six hours and 48 minutes to run the entire marathon on his balcony. Nothing like being quarantined to hear the constant pitter-patter of running footsteps from your neighbor for nearly seven hours. Thankfully for Elisha, his neighbors were “understanding.”
“If everyone thinks the same way and does the same thing, we will all find ourselves outside and that won’t help anything, and the message that we need to stay confined at home will have had no impact,” said Nochomovitz. “It was about launching a bit of a crazy challenge and bringing a bit of humor, to de-dramatize the confinement situation,” Elisha said.
What’s your excuse for getting fat and not exercising during these trying times?