A woman is hoping to run the Boston Marathon in a tiny fanny-pack, in a race where she hopes she will not have to stop to change into anything other than a running shoe.
The 22-year-old woman, who asked to be identified only as “Elizabeth,” posted her plan on Instagram Tuesday, and the post has been viewed more than 100,000 times since Monday.
“I am running this year in a fannypack, no running shoes, no jacket and shorts,” she wrote.
“But I want to be safe, so I need my fanny.
#BostonStrong #Boston10,” she added, a hashtag she added Tuesday night.
“It is important to me that I not have my fannies out at any time.
The fanny is important for me to be able to go where I want without my safety being compromised.”
Elizabeth, who is a senior at Stony Brook University, said she planned to run in two groups.
The first would consist of two people and have a second person take her fanny and run alongside her.
“This will be the group that I’ll be joining,” she said.
Elizabeth also said she would not wear a running boot or other gear while she ran, because the fanny will be worn during her time in the marathon.
“A running shoe is the perfect option,” she explained.
“When I’m on the track, I can’t be too close to the runners.
I want my fana to be out there and ready to protect my body.”
Elizabeth is hoping the fannys will last a year or more.
“One fanny could last me a year.
I think it would be nice if we could have one fanny that could last longer than that,” she told The Associated Press.
“That’s my plan.”
Elizabeth and her friends will not be wearing the fanniys at all during the Boston 10K, a half marathon that starts at the finish line at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday.
The marathon starts at 4:00 p.M. on Friday.
Elizabeth said she will be taking a fannypack with her during the 10K.
She said she plans to bring her own clothes and a backpack to the race and is willing to donate her fanny if she can.
“If people can help me in any way, they can help this fanny,” she posted.
Elizabeth, a first-time runner, said her first goal was to run a half in the city, but the marathon was her first big race.
“We thought, well, maybe we should do it in the country because it is just so much fun,” she joked.
“Hopefully it can be an opportunity for everyone to see what it’s like to run around in the middle of nowhere.”
Elizabeth said the race is not necessarily an easy race.
She noted that she was not able to get a medical evacuation permit because the roads are so treacherous, but said she was able to complete the race.
Elizabeth was originally going to race the Boston Classic, but decided against it.
Elizabeth has had to run without a fany for several weeks.
On July 26, she was taken to the hospital after getting hit by a car while running the Boston Road Runners’ Classic.
She had her fanya removed after it was determined that she had broken her ankle in the accident.
“My fanny broke,” Elizabeth said.
“Then I started to get really bad headaches.
The pain started to build up, so then I decided I had to put it on the back.
Then it started to swell up and get really uncomfortable.
And then I just had to pull the fanna out and just get it back on.”
Elizabeth did not know if she would be able get a second fanny during her marathon, but she did not think it was a bad idea.
“The fanniness has done its job,” she noted.
“Even though it’s broken, I don’t know if I would be too much of a pain in the ass.
If people can, they could help me out.”
Elizabeth told the AP that she would like to do a half-marathon in a marathon someday.
“Boston is the city of people and I want Boston to be a great city for all of its residents,” she suggested.
“Maybe if I can get one of those, I will be able run it.”