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70-year-old runs 7 marathons in a week

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Think your cardio workout is tough? This 70-year-old woman ran more than 180 miles in one week across the world.

From Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, Chau Smith ran a marathon every day on a different continent. The seven-part series, called Triple 7 Quest, was organized by travel company Marathon Adventures with races in Perth, Australia; Singapore; Cairo; Amsterdam; Garden City, NY; Punta Arenas, Chile; and King George Island, Antarctica.

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“It took me eight months to really train,” Smith, an owner of a dry-cleaning business in Independence, Mo., told CNN. “The last four months, I really put in long, long runs. Every week, I ran from 15 miles to 130 miles.”

Smith ran alongside nine other participants, and the marathons posed some mighty obstacles. In Australia, where it was the middle of a scorching summer, Smith suffered a severe sunburn. She was almost late to her race in Egypt due to a flight delay.

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