Running forward is so mainstream why shouldn’t we try something different like running backward? This is what Justine Galloway is pretty good at. She was a little girl looking at her father running, and she just finished her college when she first ran. Justine ran for Rutgers University for three years and finished her first New York marathon in 3:53:47 in 2002. After this successful venture she kept on participating in marathons like Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia marathons and finally for Sur Marathon California.
In 2011 things took a drastic turn when she fell down, hit her head and was forced to opt out of Boston marathon. This was the time when she realized something was wrong because what happened prior to Boston marathon was a hole through her toe box of left running shoe. The pair of shoes was not old enough to be discarded because it was just 20 miles old and the hole was basically due to an out of control movement of her left leg. She consulted different doctors, and this did no good but brought a chaos in her life. Until finally she started physiotherapy at New Jersey and her therapist made her run forward, backwards and sideways.
What was miraculous is that running backwards and sideways was way natural and easy as compare to forwards. She realized that it’s not ends but a new beginning, when she was standing there on finishing line of New York City Marathon for 5th time and ran for 26.2 miles backwards. Which followed a crazy idea of running for a half marathon and beating the Guinness World Record which was 2:49 for the fastest half-marathon run by a woman, in backward direction in 2015. What she said is “I didn’t want to give it up until I had to. Right now, I don’t feel like I have to yet, so I haven’t.”
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