41-year-old Aaron Robinson has run 365 marathons in 365 days, a major accomplishment for not only himself, but Hope For Justice, the anti-human trafficking charity where he works.
Aaron Robinson, 41, is the international communications manager at Hope for Justice, an anti-trafficking, anti-modern slavery charity. For the past 365 days, before heading to work, Robinson would run a full marathon.
Robinson has run 365 marathons in 365 days while raising money for the Hope for Justice charity through his “mycrazycollies” social media platforms, which also highlights his two border collies River and Inca, who joined Robinson on his marathons as well.
According to The Guardian’s reporting of Robinson’s journey, the charity worker based in London would begin every single day by waking up early and heading out on what’s typically a “lonely” marathon.
“It was good today. Very muddy. But I had about 30 people running with me today, which was fantastic, especially as I usually run alone. I never thought I would get this far, so it’s a great achievement. And it just inspires me to keep on going.”
Robinson is far from done though, in fact, he now has set a new goal for himself; breaking the unofficial record of 607 marathon runs in 607 days, which was set a decade earlier.
He described his daily routine to the Guardian: “I get up at 3am to start running at 4am. It takes around five hours. Then I start work, finish work at 6.30pm, go to bed at 7pm, get up at 3am and do the whole thing again.”
Robinson also stated he’s been eating bagels, cheese and an overall vegetarian carb-heavy diet to sustain himself throughout this journey. He lost weight in the beginning of his marathoning, but his body eventually stabilized and adjusted to his new routine, which included running the same trail through Wanstead Park and Wanstead Flats along the Epping Forest.
“It is like Groundhog Day. I see the same people at the same time, and have the same conversations – usually ‘How are your dogs, fine, goodbye.’ A lot of them know what I’m doing because they see me running at the same time every day and, obviously, ask what I’m doing.”
Robinson would occasionally have to begin his morning marathon at 1:30 am in order to make occasional meetings at Hope for Justice’s headquarters in Manchester. His journey was not met without its share of obstacles, however, including colds, the flu, food poisoning, and more, but he always managed to complete his marathon.
He also uploaded each of his runs to a running app on his watch to hold himself accountable, keep track of his times, and give others the opportunity to follow his journey.
The only thing that would halt Robinson’s marathon is if his dogs needed to stop:
“But they absolutely love it. When we finish they run around again.” But, he added, “If the dogs sat down in the middle of the field and said ‘we’re not moving’, then I would stop it.”
“My dogs probably got me into it. And, as you know, a lot of charities are going through a tough time at the moment with the cost of living, seeing slight reductions in donations. And I am really passionate about the work of our charity, they work all across the world helping victims and survivors of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.”
“So tomorrow, I‘ll get up at 3am, do the marathon, start work, and my Groundhog Day continues,” Robinson concluded.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at email@example.com.