Meet the runner who ran a marathon in 3-inch stilettos

It's marathon season across the country, so there are tens of thousands of people who can proudly tell all who will listen that they completed a 26.2-mile run.

But there is just one who can say she did the whole thing in high heels.

Yes, that's right -- somebody ran AN ENTIRE MARATHON IN HEELS. Please insert all the praise emojis here.

Meet Irene Sewell, 27, from Blacksburg, Virginia, who started running three years ago. Sewell was inspired to go for the record after hearing about a woman participating in the London Marathon while wearing heels in hopes of setting a Guinness World Record. Per "Runner's World," that woman was disqualified after ditching her heels halfway and going barefoot, but it still inspired Sewell to go for the record herself.

The former professional ballroom dancer, who had previously completed two marathons, entered Sunday's 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with socks, 3-inch stilettos and her sights set firmly on making the record book.

To add another hurdle, the race distance was miscalculated (it was .63 miles too long). So her friends had to document the actual spot she finished the 26.2 miles to get an official time of 7 hours, 27 minutes and 53 seconds.


She told "Runner's World" she felt pain in her feet and hips throughout the race, but the stress of making sure she did everything possible to break and document the record might have been the most challenging part. And she had some advice for others looking to follow in her shoes.

"In terms of advice, even if you're not trying to run in heels, get out and set goals," she said. "Your mind is so much stronger than your body, so if you think you can do it and you're mentally prepared, you should be able to do it."


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