December 16, 2013
In 2009, Annette Fredskov was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – “it was a kick in the butt,” she says. Medical experts told her to be careful with her jogging and not to run long distances, and this provoked her. She decided on a new goal, to run her first marathon in October 2010. It was love at first “step.” And the beginning of an amazing story about willpower and determination.
On July 14, 2013, Annette crossed the finish line and ran into the arms of her husband and two children after having completed 366 marathons in 365 days. Annette sees herself as an ordinary woman, and she says: “If I can, so can you. No matter what challenges life throws our way, how we handle them is always our own choice and responsibility. We decide how to proceed.”
In her book, 365 Marathons in 365 Days, Annette gives a brutally honest description of the challenges of getting up every day for a whole year to run 42.2 kilometres, come rain or shine. It is an adventure with smiles and tears, joys and challenges. We join her on an emotional rollercoaster, and as she puts it: “That’s the way I am, and that’s how the 366/365 project was. It has opened my mind and soul completely.”
The book is full of inspiration and gives free access to Annette’s tool box. It is about much more than marathon. CNN’s Human to Hero show meets Annette on December 18 on World Sport.
366 Marathons in 365 Days
272 pages. Available at www.amazon.com