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How This Man Ran 6+ Marathons On His Balcony

Imagine you’re prepping to run a marathon.

The marathon is cancelled, you’re told to stay inside, and two days after you’re meant to be running 42km around Barcelona, you’re running along your 7 metre balcony in your house.

That was Elisha Nochomovitz back in March. There’s been an amazing amount of inspiring stories from the last few months — from essential workers to fitness feats to all of your stories too. Elisha got in contact with us to tell his story, honour medical staff, and spread the message that you can always make it work.


From Barca to Balcony

Elisha Nochomovitz lives in Balma, France. He was meant to run the Barcelona Marathon on March 15th but like so much else, it was delayed because of Covid.

That wasn’t stopping him though.

So that he could social distance (and make up for his missed marathon), Elisha ran on his balcony instead. “I just thought that it was a crazy idea,” Elisha said. Having run over 30 marathons, what’s one more on a balcony? He ran back and forth over 7 meters for 6 hours and 48mins — taking almost twice as long as his fastest at 3hrs 32mins.

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🎖FINISHER MARATHON DE MON BALCON🎖 . 🔸️Je viens courir pendant près de 7heures sur mon balcon de 7 mètres de long et 1metre de large. (Vous avez été nombreux à calculer,à peu près 6000 A/R) J'avais la possibilité de sortir pour courir autour de la maison,mais si tout le monde pense pareil on aurait été nombreux dehors… Mon travail a été reconnu d'inutilité public,donc le meilleur moyen de ne pas se laisser abattre c'est de faire du sport. 🔸️La consigne était de rester à la maison,c'est ce que j'ai fait. Juste pour vous montrer qu'on a pas d'excuses,et s'il vous plaît penser à toutes ces aides soignants qui sont en première ligne face à ce virus 🙏🙏❤ J'écris à chaud après avoir tourner pendant 7h sur mon balcon…tout se mélange dans ma tête et j'ai envie de vomir hahaha… Mais merci à tous et toutes pour vos messages/soutien tout le long de la journée. Vous m'avez bien aider à tenir. J'ai bossé mon mental aujourdhui. Je ne me pensais plus capable de courir 42bornes mais #marathonman est toujours présent ⚡🤜🤛 LA BISE #suuntofr #marathonman #runhappy #runhappyteam #runtoexplore #runtoinspire #runstoppable #motivationoftheday #nopainnogain #runningmotivation #runnerlife #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #picoftheday #marathonfinisher #fuckcovid19 #npng #trainhard #workhard #athlete #motivation #brooksrunhappyteam

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He didn’t stop there though. Over the next couple of months, he went on to run 5 more marathons and threw in a half marathon for good measure. Throughout it all though, his girlfriend was there to feed him drinks and M&Ms.


The stats

This is what he’s achieved on his balcony so far:

  • March 17: 42km Marathon (6h 48)
  • March 24: 50km U.T.M.B  (6h 29)
  • April 1: 57km Ultra-Marathon (4h 38)
  • April 8: 42km Marathon (4h 29)
  • April 15: 57km U.T.M.B  (7h 00)
  • April 19: 21km Half-Marathon  (2h 21)
  • April 23: 42km Marathon (4h 52)

His balcony is 7 metres long x 1 metre wide. He ran around 3000+ laps per marathon. That totals to over 311km: the equivalent of 7.4 marathons all in all. After all this, he said on his Instagram: “I have spent more time on my balcony than in my apartment since the start of confinement.”

He did this to push himself, say “no” to excuses, and prove his mental strength to himself. Also, according to him, to prove the fact that…


“Where there’s a will, there’s a way”

Through this, he said “I wanted to prove my mind-set, that whatever the situation, I was able to finish.” Surprisingly Elisha said this was more of a mental challenge than a physical one. He believes that the best way to stay motivated and positive is through sports and exercise.

After he was furloughed from his job as a restaurant manager, Elisha made the best of a bad situation. This is something we can all learn from — that even in tough times, you can still strive to better yourself. His running even inspired his neighbour to start walking on his balcony too.

Elisha didn’t just achieve this for himself though. He dedicated his running to others too.


“To the real everyday heroes” 

Elisha dedicated his running to those affected by Covid-19, raising 21,000 Mexican Pesos as part of a half-marathon, and setting up a charity to help even more.

Of the healthcare staff during the pandemic, he said “I cannot help them in the hospital, but maybe I can prove to everyone that you can [still exercise] at home.”

He also raised money for a nurse with Ankylosing Spondylitis (a disease which fuses the spine together) to fulfil her dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Good job Elisha – you really seem like a good bloke.

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⛰💙NIMOOT AU KILIMANDJARO 💙⛰ . 🧐Aujourd'hui je ne parle pas de moi, je voudrais vous présenter Anais (@nimoot ) ➡️Elle fait partie de la #runhappyteam FR depuis deux ans, c'est la "Beyoncé" du groupe avec une pêche d'enfer et une joie de vivre tellement communicative 💙 🚑Anais est également INFIRMIÈRE à Dublin et en ce moment elle est en première ligne comme tout le personnel médical. Elle a choisit ce métier pour aider son prochain. Je voudrais également l'aider à mon tour avec votre aide. . ⚠️Anais a un rêve, celui de faire l'ascension du KILIMANDJARO le 11 Octobre prochain si la situation sanitaire le permet,autrement ce sera décalé en Février 2021. Anais est atteinte d'une thyroidite de hashimoto et d'une spondylarthrite ankylosante. Cette ascension,elle le fait avant tout pour ELLE, mais également pour montrer aux malades,aux familles de malades que c'est POSSIBLE !! Les médecins lui avaient prédit les roulettes,elle à choisit les BASKETS 💜 Cette femme est un exemple de VOLONTÉ et de RAGE DE VIVRE 🙏🙏 . 🙏Anais a créé une cagnotte afin de pouvoir financer ce voyage, je voudrais l'aider à pouvoir réaliser son RÊVE, car en ce moment elle sacrifie sa vie pour sauver des vies. Je vous met le lien juste la ainsi que dans ma BIO⬇️⬇️⬇️ .https://cagnotte.me/70880-kilimanjaro-2020-nimoot/ie 🤜🤛Comme une bonne action amène une bonne action, j'ai décidé de courir un cinquième marathon sur mon balcon ce mercredi pour soutenir Anais et montrer encore et toujours que l'on peut faire du sport tout en restant à la maison. 💙💙💙 🔸️J'ai eu la chance de participer à la @runmate à ses côtés en Septembre dernier et voilà j'avais juste envie de le dire 🤷‍♂️😉 . ⚫Je n'ai pas attendu le confinement pour faire de bonnes actions, et encore moins pour faire des marathons,mais c'est ma contribution à l'éradication de ce P****** de virus a la con (les rimes riches c'est cadeau, même si le vocabulaire est pauvre🤣🤣) 🧐Je pars pour 42kms, mais a chaque don jusqu'à mercredi, le palier sera le suivant *A chaque plage de 10euros je rajoute 2kms* 💪😘TOUS AVEC ANAIS😘💪 #marathonman

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Take home message

Elisha has inspired us to get up and start running (whether on a balcony or not). There have been loads of inspiring fitness feats throughout all of this and, from them, even more lessons to learn.

As Elisha says, there really are no excuses. So why not get out there and start inspiring others too?

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