Meet Stefaan Engels, also known as Marathon Man, he is the amazing runner and former Asthma sufferer who for the last year runs a marathon each day. Keep reading this story to know more about this remarkable man’s biography plus photos of him can be seen in the links in our story and a great video provided below.
When a persons sufferers from asthma his or her physical activities are limited, the shortness of breath suffered by asthma patients leave them slaves to their inhalers and other medications, consistent exercise is a no for them, swimming? Hardly. Skating? Never. Rrunning? Best joke ever, but not for Stefaan Engels, a former asthma patient who for the past 365 days runs marathon after another, not possible?? Better think again because he just ran his last one or should I say his marathon number 365, Go Stefaan!!!
Mr. Engels is a 49 year old from Belgium, when he was not even a teenage boy (12 years old) when he was diagnosed with asthma. His doctors told him he also had less than 30% capacity of his lungs. For that reason he shouldn’t do any exercise at all, but at age 25 he ran his first marathon and for the past 20 years he has been running, because of that he earned his nickname “Marathon Man”. He was in several Iron Man triathlons, he is believed to be an inspiration to many in pursuit of their goals no matter if the sky is not looking that bright on you.
“After running 20 triathlons in one year, I was not ready to go back to normal life. I also wanted to inspire people by showing that if I could run a marathon a day for an entire year, that anyone could run or bike a little each day or do something about their weight problem.” Said Stefaan Engels.
He got into the Guinness Records in 2008 when he competed in 20 triathlons. The secret of his success is eating healthy, 5 times a day, consumes (6,000 calories) when running that is, massages each day and sleeps 10 hours every night, plus positive thinking is also an important factor to achieve what he had on Saturday February 5th, 2011 when he completed his 365th marathon and a total of 49 for the past year when he ran his first race in Barcelona, Spain. Ever since he has run non stop in 7 countries like Spain, Canada, Belgium, The United States, United Kingdom, Portugal and Mexico.
He was worried about Canada, the cold weather would definitely complicate things for him, but after all Canada and their people left him full with pleasant memories. So how does he keep his good pace? A good pace for endurance not speed that is (below 26.2-miles over 15,000 kms, 25 pair of tennis shoes and shed about 30 pounds).
“I recovery quickly. I don’t run fast and my heartbeat is slow, below 100 if I run 10 kilometers, but it is more a mental story. The problem was thinking about running a marathon every day. I just told myself to run that day and did not think about the next day or next week.”
I guess he must feel really happy and proud of himself just like his sponsor Pronokal, but pretty much we all feel that Marathon Man is an outstanding person and we can’t help to wonder what his next record will be? Relax guys he is giving his body a rest now, he said he is planning on writing a book and becoming a trainer, oh! I can’t wait to put my hands on that book!!
What do you think about Stefaan Engels? Have any additional information about him? Would you like to send him a message? Check out his videos below.
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**Note:The runner in these pictures are not Stefaan Engels