Female Athlete, 70, Runs 7 Marathons In A Week

"It's really about challenging both the body and the mind's upper limits," trip organizer Steve Hibbs said to CNN. "What upper threshold can you push past?"

If there ever was a reason to get off the couch and exercise, count this Missouri woman as your inspiration: Chau Smith, 70, ran seven marathons in seven days on seven different continents, CNN reports.  

You may be asking, is that even possible? Somehow, Smith made it so. She ran marathons in Punta Arenas, Chile; Amsterdam; Garden City, New York; King George Island, Antarctica; Singapore; Cairo; and Perth, Australia. 

Meaning, yes: She ran 26.2 miles every day, only to hop on a flight to travel to another continent to do it again the very next day.

Amazingly, it only took Chau eight months to train. She told CNN she went for "long, long runs" for the past four months, and she ran anywhere from 15 to 130 miles every week. 

Incredibly, Chau wasn't the only one who accomplished the amazing feat — she ran alongside nine other people. 

The seven-continent trip was planned by Marathon Adventures, a specialty travel company. The group decided to call it the Triple 7 Quest Challenge.

"[Chau] didn't want to publicize this before doing it," said owner Steve Hibbs. "She overcame a lot, and it was just really impressive to see her run and complete the event."

Smith, who works 10 hours a day, has always been a go-getter.

"All my life ... I always did crazy things," Smith said. "When I was young in Vietnam, I was a stubborn kid. My family always never knew what I was going to do. I always showed them I can do it, just like boys."

Smith is interested in the next challenge, which will be a Triple 8 Quest set by Hibbs for the upcoming year. This one will include the microcontinent Zealandia.

"How I feel after I put in my running, I think that's important," Smith said. "It makes you feel good. I can't really put it into words."

We're certainly speechless, too.

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