A Danish woman has claimed that she managed to cure her multiple sclerosis by running 366 marathons in 365 days.
Annette Fredskov ran 26.2 miles every day for a year, and then on July 14 she even found time to run a double marathon.
The 41-year-old, who is the mother to two children, Emile and Viktor who are aged 11 and 9 respectively, and on the final leg of her journey, which took place in her home town of Naestved, near Copenhagen, she was joined by around a dozen other runners.
When she crossed the line in her final marathon, Mrs Fredskov remarked, “It has been a completely wonderful day. My dream has come true, and it can not be described with words. It has been a gigantic feast of running and I am completely overwhelmed, happy, grateful, and tired.”
Mrs Fredskov was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which damages the central nervous system and gives horrible pain, and muscle issues to its victim, around 3 years ago. However she refused to let the disease ruin her life and the self-proclaimed, “ordinary woman, mother and wife” took part in her first marathon in Frankfurt, Germany, in October 2010.
Mrs Fredskov labelled it as “love at first run” and since then she has progressively taken part in more and more races. In 2011 she even ran in 51 “cannonballs” which are small marathons that take place in Denmark.
Inspired by other MS sufferers, Mrs Fredskov persisted with her running, writing a blog that documented her efforts. She said of the disease, “It should not deter you from living life to the fullest and going for your dreams. It is my hope that I am able to inspire others to do what they dream about.”
Mrs Fredskov was able to complete her marathons in around five hours, and after completing her final run, she stated, “Three years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and today I have – without drugs – no discomfort or symptoms. I believe that racing and the marathons have a big impact on that.”
Do you think running 366 marathons in 365 days helped to cure Annette Fredskov?