French woman breaks world record for running marathon… in high heels

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Christelle Doyhambehere, a 34-year-old nursing assistant and mother of two from the city of Pau in south west France completed the Paris marathon in a staggering 6 hours, 4 minutes, and 7 seconds – all in a pair of three inch heels.

And no doubt her knees are still feeling the effect of her impressive achievement.

The unusual idea struck the 34-year-old about a year ago, during a rainy day trip to the movies.

When she and her partner, with whom she had just signed up for the Paris marathon, left the theatre, she ran to the car, in spite of the high heels she wears regularly. “Why dont you run the marathon in those shoes?” joked her partner.

After reading about Irene Sewells record, she began training five to six times a week, half the time in trainers and half the time in heels. She conducted her high-heeled session at night, wearing a headlamp, for fear of "finding pictures of herself on social media".

When she started the race Sunday morning, she was well prepared, wearing a sturdy pair of salsa pumps over taped ankles, running socks and calf compression sleeves.

Her race went relatively smoothly except for a chafing problem which her partner and trainer, who joined her for the last third of the race after having completed the marathon himself, saw to.

Upon crossing the finishing line, she was shocked to have completed the marathon so quickly.

"I hoped to beat the record, but not by that much!" she said. &Read More – Source

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