Breaking the world record of running 48h on a treadmill The toughest mental challenge

Emma Timmis

New Zealand

From Racing Anxiety to World Records: The Inspiring Journey of a Long-Distance Runner

"Three days before a race I couldn't eat. It took out all the joy of running," says Emma Timmis, the athlete who transformed her challenges into triumphs.

We often perceive athletes as indomitable figures, gliding effortlessly on the tracks. But beneath the surface, struggles and setbacks are an integral part of their journey. Emma Timmis, an exceptional long-distance runner, knows this truth all too well. As a spirited youth, she delved into sports passionately, yet the prospect of races filled her with anxiety, overshadowing the joy of running.

Emma Timmis
Emma Timmis

A Shift in Perspective: Conquering Continents and Setting World Records

Rather than succumbing to her racing-related anxieties, Emma Timmis chose to shift her focus. She yearned for challenges that would reclaim the joy that running had once brought her. Her quest for new horizons led her to undertake a remarkable journey – running across South Africa, a challenge where she orchestrated the entire support logistics herself. This venture marked the beginning of a series of awe-inspiring accomplishments that would redefine her relationship with running.

Emma's determination knew no bounds. She embarked on a globetrotting mission, running across continents and seeking to conquer new territories. Her ambitious endeavors took her across the diverse landscapes of New Zealand, further solidifying her reputation as an intrepid long-distance runner. Along this path of self-discovery, she shattered expectations and set two world records, a testament to her unyielding spirit and relentless pursuit of excellence.

Emma Timmis

The World Record: 48h on a treadmill

In her latest triumph, she achieved the unimaginable by breaking the world record for the longest distance run on a treadmill in 48 hours. Covering a staggering distance of 340.36 kilometers, she eclipsed the previous record by an astounding 17 kilometers. This achievement underscores her resilience and her ability to conquer both physical and mental barriers.

The rules were very simple. Run as far as you can on a treadmill in 48h. She only stopped briefly to take a nap that didn't last longer than a few minutes.

Her next challenge?

The 48h was just a test, the actual challenge I am preparing for is 7 days on a treadmill. That is my goal

Emma Timmis' journey is an inspiration to aspiring athletes and individuals alike. It's a testament to the power of shifting perspectives, embracing challenges, and persistently pursuing one's passions. As Emma continues to push boundaries and redefine what is possible, her story reminds us that the path to greatness is not always linear, but it's the journey itself that shapes us into champions.

Emma Timmis Run NZ
Emma Timmis Run NZ

Emma Timmis has been guests on our Podcast "Art of Adventuring"

About Emma

Emma Timmis is a British long-distance runner living in New Zealand. She holds World Records for fastest running across New Zealand and running the longest distance on a treadmill in 48 hours. She is also an artist.

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