J. Rock: How was your week? Same old grind?
B. Pizz: Yes, like Groundhog’s Day! So happy for the weekend!
J. Rock: Living the dream… Actually, you were!! Can you believe you’re done?
B. Pizz: No! I have waited over a year to cross that finish line, it’s surreal!
J. Rock: Can you believe what you’ve done?
B. Pizz: Yes! And no.
J. Rock: We talked so much over our runs together about what Sydney would feel like. It’s not like the end was actually in sight when you arrived there. You still had 26.2 miles to go. How did those miles feel?
B. Pizz: Honestly? Very painful. I was so bummed out to end in pain, but having Joe there running next to me for little stretches, as I was so desperate for the pain to go away made a huge difference. The crowd support in Sydney was amazing. My hilarious friend Ryan was there too going above and beyond for Team Pizzi!
J. Rock: After holding up pretty well through the fifth marathon in Morocco, you really started feeling it in Dubai, no?
B. Pizz: I pulled my groin at mile two in Dubai. It came out of no where and literally brought me to the floor. Not finishing was not an option. I just put my head down, shortened my stride and finished it. I was very frustrated.
J. Rock: Aw, little buddy. I’m so sorry. That hurts my heart.
J. Rock: I ran a double for you on Thursday in solidarity for your final run– a half marathon in the morning and a second half eight hours later.
B. Pizz: YAY, Jenny way to go!!!
J. Rock: Ha, thanks, champ. It was brutally tough. If the devil had shown up, we definitely could have cut a deal by mile 22. I have all the more profound respect for how hard each race must have been. What was your secret to running a full marathon every single day for a week without crumpling into a cramped-up mess?
B. Pizz: I took one marathon at a time, I refused to look ahead or think about the next day. I was living in the moment, thinking of them as long runs. I was very lucky to have support on every continent with the hugs I needed!
J. Rock: Team Pizzi is amazing, amazing, amazing. You really did have an entourage. I think I’m a shoe-in for playing the role of E to your Vincent Chase.
J. Rock: How did the finish line taste?
B. Pizz: Delicious, like we just made history!
J. Rock: You did make history. To borrow one of our favorite expressions, did you “ugly cry”?
B. Pizz: I ugly cried the whole last mile in. Out loud.
J. Rock: Now, to borrow one of my favorite Beccaisms, I’m so happy for us! (See, e.g., when I got a promotion at work or met a nice guy, Becca is happy for “us.”)
J. Rock: Bec, when you crossed the finish line in Sydney, the little group of your family and friends that was in constant touch all week started texting the location of where we each were crying–from Belmont to LA and yours truly in Patagonia. Lots of happy tears. No doubt I will ugly cry happy tears again when we reunite for our next run together.
J. Rock: Was there ever a moment when you thought you might not make it?
B. Pizz: No… There were moments when I questioned HOW would I push through the pain, but I figured it out.
J. Rock: That took some serious guts, my friend. Was there a worst moment?
B. Pizz: There were a few– when you and I lost our luggage in NYC and missed our flight out of Santiago, and when our van got robbed in Miami while we were running. Several runners lost money and their passports. Of course, missing Tay was the hardest thing for me.
J. Rock: Wow, the logistics were so tight everywhere, to lose passports must have been devastating.
B. Pizz: We figured it out, and we still all finished! It was funny how the people at customs and immigration in a few countries responded when looking at our passports and all the stamps from the week.
J. Rock: What was the best part of your adventure?
B. Pizz: We had a 100 percent success rate, everyone finished!
J. Rock: What surprised you most this week?
B. Pizz: My college track coach surprised me in Miami!
J. Rock: That is wonderful!! You are so well loved, Bequita. What’s your plan for the next few days?
B. Pizz: Joe and I are going to hang out with some kangaroos!
J. Rock: Can you believe you made Ellen, the Wall Street Journal, Runner’s World, and ESPN just to name a few media spots?
B. Pizz: No, never in my wildest dreams would I think this would be this big!!
J. Rock: I heard Belmont is throwing you a parade! That’s crazy, and awesome, no?
B. Pizz: Crazy and awesome!!! They had a great send-off, so I’m looking forward to the parade!
J. Rock: What do you want people to know about you and what you just accomplished?
B. Pizz: That anything you put your mind to is possible. Believe in yourself.
J. Rock: So proud of you, my dear friend. Enjoy your mini vacation with Joe in Sydney–eat, drink, and be merry. Soak in your tremendous feat (and also soak those tremendous feet!). I love you and will see you back home in a few days.