Run around the world
Appleton’s Jeannie Pardy becomes first person from central to complete the World Marathon Majors
Completing a marathon in more ways than one.
It was difficult for Jeannie Pardy to contain her excitement. She hardly slept the night before her flight to Tokyo where she would compete in the last of the marathon majors.
The Abbott World Marathon Majors is a series consisting of six of the largest, most renowned marathons in the world. They take place in Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York City, and Tokyo.
It was a full flight from St. John’s to Tokyo and it was an 18-hour leg. As an extensive traveller, Pardy immediately noticed that there was something different about the passengers on this flight.
“It was fantastic,” she said. “It was my first time travelling that far and it was the quietest flight. Japanese people are not loud and boisterous. It was awesome.”
But Pardy hardly slept. Thoughts of the race and the excitement of visiting a new place kept her awake. She could hardly believe she was almost at the finish line.
With the nearly 12-hour time difference, Jetlag hit Pardy and her husband Bob Lannon pretty hard the first few days after arriving.
“We were exhausted when we arrived, but buzzing,” Pardy said.
“We did not sleep well, we were awake at two in the morning and could not go back to sleep on most nights. It wasn’t until the end of the trip that we got used to it.”
Pardy wanted to mark the completion of her final leg of the marathon majors in a special way. It was Feb. 25, five days after she had arrived in Tokyo. After putting on her running gear, she looked at her reflection in the mirror and put on some makeup.
“I wanted to look good for my picture at the finishing line,” she laughs.
It was the first thing that Lannon noticed as well.
“You never put on makeup for your races,” he exclaimed.
Pardy decided to go into this race with a different attitude as well.
“I am going to have a really good time and I am going to see the scenery this time while running,” she said.
“Normally I am that focused – just running and I don’t want to talk to anybody and see nothing.”
Pardy said she had more than a few chats with other runners along the way. She had more than a few supporters as well, both on-site and far away, cheering her on.
Her family at home tracked her progress on the internet via a chip that was embedded in her shoe.
Her competition bib identified Pardy as completing her final majors marathon and she had plenty of support along the way from other runners and spectators. The icing on the cake was meeting her husband on route, something of a tradition for the couple.
“We had a quick high five, and Bob raised his hand and yelled, ‘run happy, Jeannie,’” said Pardy. “It definitely gave me a perk in my step.”
The race, she said, was wellorganized. She was happy to be in Japan and happy to be completing the final piece of her grand endeavour. Her accomplishments are immortalised in a medal that displays the six marathon locations around the world.
“That is the bling that I worked my guts out for,” she said.
Pardy is planning for her next major challenge but is unsure what it is going to be yet. One thing is certain, running will always be part of her lifestyle.
Despite the fatigue of travel and the long flight, nevermind a huge effort in the race itself, Pardy went out for a run a day after arriving home from Japan.
Jeannie Pardy is the first person from central Newfoundland to complete the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series of marathon events that take place around the world. Her final competition took place in Tokyo, Japan on Feb. 25. She proudly displays...
Jeannie Pardy shows off her bib from the Tokyo marathon earlier this year.
The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment typically worn by women. These were some of the sights that Jeannie Pardy saw on her recent trip to Japan where she competed in a marathon.