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My quest to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours began in April. That month I didn’t get the result I needed at a race for an automatic qualifier into Western States. Approaching summer and not having any races on the schedule, I decided this was the right time to go for the treadmill record. The current record is 84 miles, with a pending record of 86.49 miles. It was mid-July when I received confirmation from GWR that my application had been accepted. After a tough first half of summer during which I had I really struggled with the Texas heat, I was newly motivated by the notification, and I immediately began planning with my coach, Ian Sharman.
I went off the side of the road to remove my shoe, knowing I was probably done with the run. It looked like my foot was already starting to swell and it also hurt to put weight on it so I had a good feeling I had done some damage. Kyle, a close friend and training buddy, was with me at the time and pacing me on his bike. We were two miles from his house so he rode back to get his vehicle to give me a ride back. I hobbled off the road, out of sight, and laid on the ground with my foot elevated on a picnic table, in disbelief with what just happened. I was in pain and doing my best to hold back the tears as I was extremely upset. At this time, I’m three weeks out from my first race of the season which is a Western States 100 qualifier. Qualifying for WS100 is my main goal for the first half of the year and certainly no easy feat. Up to this point my training was going very well and this was my last week before I began to taper for the race.