For Becca Pizzi of Belmont, Mass., this is not the end of what we might consider a normal work week.
It’s the end of her participation in the World Marathon Challenge. That is: 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 continents. As if running 183.4 miles in a week wasn’t enough, she was expected to spend 59 hours in the air flying more than 23,000 miles, according to the World Marathon Challenge.
Pizzi finished a marathon in Sydney, Australia, on Friday.
According to the World Marathon Challenge’s Facebook page, Pizzi won the women’s marathon Friday in 4:08:51 and was the 2016 World Marathon Challenge champion. All told, 15 people took part in the challenge.
Pizzi, 35, and the others opened the challenge by running a marathon in Antarctica.
“My iPod froze — but then running on the glacier, you could hear a pin drop,” Pizzi told the Wall Street Journal, which noted she is the first American woman to complete the challenge.
After that came marathons in Punta Arenas, Chile, on Sunday; Miami on Monday; Madrid, Spain on Tuesday; Marrakech, Morocco on Wednesday; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday.
The Boston Globe reported that Pizzi is the mother of an 8-year-old daughter and runs a day-care center and manages an ice cream shop.
“I’ve coached girls hockey in Belmont for a long time and I’ve seen people who are driven,” Dante Muzzioli, who owns Moozy’s Ice Cream Shop, told the Globe. “But I’ve never seen anyone driven like her. She’s in a class all of her own.”
Dan Cartica, another American, also finished the World Marathon Challenge.
Here are some more photos of Pizzi during her trek around the world: