Watch Why You’re Trying To Break Records
By David Summerfield
I keep scanning the news to see who else has broken world records. Records fall every month. It’s a constant. So now (instead of feeling frustrated that I’m not on a record list) I’m looking into why people all over the world are specifically doing everything possible to get that “World Record,” or simply to get a substantial recognition from others.
Let’s start out with David Goggins, because he has accomplished so many incredible physical feats. Besides being the only human to be a retired Navy Seal and completed SEAL training, and the Army Ranger School, and the Air Force Tactical Air Controller training (get my drift?) but he also holds the World Record for the most pull-ups (4030) in 17 minutes. Bet you can’t do that! And he says he “broke” his arms in the process. Of course he has his own website so you can see all his achievements: davidgoggins.com/athletic-achievements and he’s not shy about tooting his own horn. That’s fine, but it does show he wants publicity and to be seen and recognized. All right, there’s nothing wrong about that. But it sorta smacks of something that makes me uncomfortable. One could say I’m just jealous and wish I could do all the things he has done. Well, you’re wrong.
I have to admit that David’s accomplishments are definitely aimed at motivating others to tackle life head-on, and to be tough in every sense of the word. He stresses that personally he has overcome all kinds of obstacles, and is quite proud of his physique, which is all part of his image (you too can look like me) just knuckle down and push yourself through all adversity. And that is his livelihood. OK. There you have it. Some records are for personal gain, and others are for helping others, pure and simple. I try to reserve judgment, though you could probably intuit where I really stand on all this.
Here’s the “Toughest Man Alive”. Enough said. via turbomind.com
At this point in my life, I want to find the real intent behind all these strivings for breaking records. Is the cause a good one? Let’s see. First off is Kate Jayden, a 35-year old from Derbyshire, England. She is a classic person out to make a difference, raising money ($50,000) for a charity. And she specifically set out to earn a Guinness World Record, needing to beat the current record of 95 consecutive daily marathons. She got to 100, and found out someone had already done that, so she kept going. She ended up with 106 daily marathons, and then found out there were two other Scottish ladies from Aberdeen who did the exact same number (106). So she shares the record with them. The other two (Fay Cunningham and Emma Petrie) raised $46,000 for several charities. While going after the world record, Kate did the same as Fay and Emma, all three just kept running another marathon everyday, hoping to surpass the other. Fay and Emma felt their effort was more substantial since they ran outside for every marathon, while Kate occasionally used an indoor treadmill. But they all got the nod from Guinness to be world record holders!
Here’s Kate Jayden, a bundle of enthusiasm. The Rnners World author was Stephanie Hoppe, published Aug 11, 2022. This picture shows her holding the “baton” in a relay race called the Queen’s Relay in the Commonwealth Games.
Kate Jayden worked full-time during those 106 days, completing her 6+ hour runs after work. Somehow, those ladies weren’t doing it all for fame, but to accomplish something substantial. Fay and Emma both lost a parent “too soon” and wanted to help others “do it while you can”. Kate felt something wrong in a knee during the 46th marathon, but ran/walked the other 60 anyway. She got an MRI afterwards and found out she had a fractured knee needing surgery. Of course, she said she might have to switch to biking or rowing, but she’ll be back!
Fay Cunningham and Emma Petrie on their 106 quest. Via canadianrunning.com Article written by Marley Dickinson on June 2022.
Fay (35) and Emma (25) are both physical therapists and are dedicated to helping others lead healthy, active lives. Their purpose in taking up the marathon challenge was to raise money and awareness for 2 charities. Both ladies lost parents, one to Lou Gherig’s disease linked to ALS, which claimed Fay’s father’s life and Emma’s mother died of cancer (the charity was Macmillan charity for cancer support). “We both know that life is short and the ability to run or walk doesn’t stay with you forever… My father was fit and active and he inspired us to tackle this challenge,” Fay said.
A little trivia: the 106 marathons covered 2,777 miles, which just happens to be the distance from Scotland to Istanbul, and they each went through seven pairs of running shoes. So these runners are accomplishing a rather arduous task, all on their own dime. There was no “profit” involved, they weren’t running to earn a living, as is true for David Goggins. Anyway, here’s a story about the 4th person to take a stab at the same Guinness record:
Jacky Hunt-Broesma joining the crowded field of record-breakers via runnersworld.com – article written by Cindy Kuzma, published April 29th, 2022.
Jacky’s story is certainly as compelling as the other three. At 26 years old, a tumor in her left leg led to an amputation. Not being an athlete of any kind, she had many decisions to make while recovering. She found out the standard running blade cost over $10,000 and wasn’t covered by insurance. Her husband was an ultrarunner, so why not? After figuring out how to take care of their two grade-school children, she started running, many of the miles were around the school in Gilbert, Arizona, where she could put up a table with refreshments. The 5K led to a 10K, then a 1⁄2 marathon, and on she went. Learning about the current world record of 95 consecutive marathons got her going. She did use a treadmill when the stump couldn’t fit comfortably into the socket – too much jarring. So the treadmill was more comfortable for running. Her story is very compelling, you should look her up. And like the other three, she has raised nearly $200,000 for Amputee Running Blades, a nonprofit which supplies blades to those in need. And yes, she too thought by 104 consecutive days, she should have garnered the Guinness record, not knowing that Kate, Fay and Emma went on to #106! Of course Jacky has the record for running 104 on only one leg, plus one blade 🙂
I’ll finish off with a little inspiration coming from Kate Jayden: “My heart has always longed for a kinder world and country that welcomes people from all walks of life, especially those facing adversity. In the current climate with a hostile environment being created for asylum seekers and those fleeing war, it’s only the fact we happened to
be born here that we have such privilege.” –K
I wish you all well in developing your own motives for doing what you do!