A Tennessee woman who used to be a professional ballroom dancer set a world record by running a full marathon in heels, reports UPI.
Irene Sewell bought six pairs of 3-inch, high-heeled shoes, which ranged in sizes from seven and a half to nine. Sewell also came equipped with blister band-aids, in-soles and calf sleeves.
In an Instagram post, Sewell declared she broke the Guinness World Record with two minutes to spare. To beat the previous record, Sewell had to complete the race in under seven and a half hours, amounting to a 17-minute mile pace.
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Well world, I DID IT. I'm still in shock, but it really happened. I ran a marathon today in high heels and set a Guinness World Record and got it with two minutes to spare! HUGE thank you to my pacers/bag and shoe carriers Zach Cowart and Susanna Kirby for sticking out the whole thing with me, you two are saints. Thanks to Tommy Norton for rushing to bring more GoPros, Brittany Schield for bringing a memory card, then running with me, I could NOT have run as "fast" as I did without you. Thanks Chattanooga Police Department for staying on my butt with your lights and making me run the Dam literally as fast as I could because time was running out. Thanks to the weather for cooperating and giving us shade even though I still got sunburnt 😂 Thank you to all my friends for showing up and cheered me in!! Thank you to everyone else who texted, called waved to me on the course (sorry for the traffic jam we caused) and cheered from afar. Jay Nevans you put on an AWESOME race, as always and I love the medal. What a day for the books.. get it? 😂👠🏃🏼♀️👏🏻#marathon #26point2 #guinnessworldrecordholder #guinnessworldrecordfamily
Sewell trained normally for the race, as her podiatrist advised her "throw in the high heels every now and then."