Woman sets world record for running marathon in high heels

By Maame Aba Afful
Woman sets world record for running marathon in high heels

A retired professional ballroom dancer in Tennessee set a world record by running an entire marathon in high heels.

Irene Sewell shared photos of herself following the Guinness World Record-breaking performance as she managed to complete the 26.2-mile race in the high-heeled shoes.

“Well world, I DID IT. I’m still in shock, but it really happened,” she wrote this week. “I ran a marathon today in high heels and set a Guinness World Record with two minutes to spare!”

Sewell told WSMV she was inspired by the story of a British woman’s quest to become the world’s fastest marathon runner in heels.

“That’s kind of the moment that I run for,” Sewell said.

Sewell’s experience as a ballroom dancer made her comfortable moving in high heels, but her podiatrist advised against training in the dress shoes.

She instead opted for “normal training for a marathon, and then throw in the high heels every now and then.”

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