I am Ronald Insuaste Correa from Ecuador living in the beautiful city of Guayaquil. Now I am 28 years old and the best ultra-marathoner of the country holding several national records and participating in various competitions across South America. My personal highlights as a runner so far include:
- 6 hours circuit track, 66 km / 41 miles
- 24 hours track circuit, 167 km / 104 miles
- 48 hours track circuit 232 km / 144 miles
- 24 hours on treadmill 218 km / 135 miles
- 6 days on treadmill 664 km / 413 miles
My life story is all about sending a message that physical activity is critical in order to maintain a good level of health and enjoy one’s life. In October I started a little experiment – running a distance of 42 kilometers (which equals the distance of a marathon) every day without missing a single day. It was an incredible experience. A run would not allow the slightest mistake. There was no room for sickness. No matter whether I am right or wrong – I am out on the road.
There were days when I went for a run at 4am in the morning while on others I left late in the afternoon having only a couple of hours to complete the marathon and then moving on to everyday life activities. Then the next day it would start all over again. There were many times when I thought a lot about my family, future projects and new goals I want to accomplish. However, I remained focused on the goal of this challenge – tackling a marathon every day – without any excuses spending time on daily exercising and strengthening my body.
My next challenge will be to break the Guinness record for daily marathons – 607 marathons in 607 days – which is held by the Spanish athlete Ricardo Abad. My first 30 marathons allowed me to see how my body responds and adapts.
My strong will is allowing me to take on new challenges that I believe are adventures. Now I want to discover a new experience.
Ronald Insuaste, athlete
Personal blog about Ronald’s 30 marathon challenge: http://ultramaratonistaronaldinsuaste.blogspot.com/