Meet Irene Sewell. She has a goal for next year. She wants to break the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon run ever in high heels.
Sewell currently trains for the 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga next October. She already has an edge as she is a professional ballroom dancer and is in great shape.
Sewell has also competed in marathons before. She’s completed several full marathons and half-marathons. Also, she has completed the Ironman twice. And she has even run a half-marathon dressed as a slice of pizza, just because.
Running in high heels for a cause
Why is she doing all this? “You always need a few interesting facts about yourself when you meet new people,” Sewell said to Nooga.com. “So I just thought it would be really cool to say, ‘Hi, I’m Irene and I hold the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon in high heels.'”
She adds that finding the right heels for the run is the most difficult challenge. Sewell wants her heels to be durable, but also comfortable.
Other women have also tried it. In 2014 Natalie Eckert ran in UK and completed the marathon. Her time was void because she had to take her heels off for treatment. In 2015 she completed the London marathon.
Sewell doesn’t want such a problem. Guinness only require heels at least 2.5 inches high and with 1.5 cm circumference. Other than that all goes. Currently Sewell is using heels with two adjustable straps so she can adjust them as she runs.
“Right now, I’m doing this for bragging rights, but I would love to help someone—even if it’s just empowering women and children to think outside the box and do something outside of the norm,” she said. You can follow her training on her Instagram.