A Record That Seemed Impossible
I still can’t quite believe I accomplished this feat. Out of the 130 Guinness World Records I’ve broken, this one feels the most challenging and unattainable to me.
In the past 6 years, while tracking my runs on Runkeeper, I have covered almost 4,000 miles. Remarkably, approximately 3,000 of those miles were completed while juggling. Initially, my goal was to break the record for the fastest half-mile juggling. However, due to an injury, I had to change my plans and focus on achieving the longest duration of blindfolded juggling. Surprisingly, this ended up becoming my first Guinness World Record title that I successfully conquered, four years ago. Today, I pushed myself further by running an additional mile, combining both skills – juggling and being blindfolded. The result? 7 minutes and 54.22 seconds. Interestingly, I also managed to break a second Guinness World Record during this attempt.
Witnessed by Video Evidence
Since the entire experience seemed surreal, I am grateful there is video evidence to confirm that it actually happened. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to witness it myself due to being blindfolded.
Breaking New Ground
No one had ever completed a mile while blindfolded and juggling before. Guinness World Records had set the minimum time required to recognize it as a record at 8 minutes and 35 seconds. According to the rules, juggling had to occur continuously during forward progress. Dropping a ball or catching two in the same hand meant having to go back and start juggling again.
During the mile run, I was maintaining a pace of roughly 6 minutes and 45 seconds per mile. I encountered difficulty at four different points, dropping a ball at each spot: 0.15 miles, 0.25 miles, 0.6 miles, and 0.75 miles. The hardest part was regaining momentum after each drop, resulting in a total of 10 drops. The setback of dropping the balls five times at 0.6 miles significantly impacted my overall time. Despite this setback, I managed to complete the first half-mile in 3 minutes and 45 seconds, putting me on track for a 7-minute and 30-second finish.
Support from the Crew
To ensure I stayed on course and had guidance, I had two runners, Dusty and Jonathan, positioned on either side of me, capturing video footage and providing accompanying footstep sounds. Chris, another member of the crew, was stationed behind me, calling out numbers from 1 to 5. These numbers indicated my position on the road: 3 represented the middle, 2 a little to the left, and 4 a little to the right. Numbers 1 and 5 indicated extreme left and right, respectively, requiring me to make quick adjustments.
The Disorienting Experience of Running Blind
Running blindfolded is an incredibly disorienting experience. During practice, I gave myself a chance to blink every 10 to 20 steps, allowing me to reorient myself. When running on a treadmill, I kept my eyes closed for longer periods but relied on having my belly against the bar, providing a physical guide.
A Moment of Warmup, Then the Real Thing
Before attempting the record-breaking run, I took one warmup mile to ensure that the cameras, cars, and guides were ready, and also to prepare my body for the challenge. This warmup mile took just over 10 minutes. Once I felt prepared, I embarked on the real attempt. It went as well as I could have hoped, but I know I still have the potential to improve and achieve a time of under 7 minutes on a great day.
Breaking Another Guinness World Record
In addition to breaking the record for the longest duration of blindfolded juggling while running a mile, I also managed to set another Guinness World Record. This time, it was for the furthest distance traveled on foot while juggling blindfolded. I currently hold this record at an impressive 100 yards. Notably, I went a distance of .35 miles, exceeding 600 yards, without dropping a single ball. This achievement is six times greater than the previous record.
Gratitude to the Supportive Team
I can’t express enough gratitude to the amazing team that supported and assisted me throughout this journey. Jennifer, my mom and dad, Chris, Dusty, Jonathan, Jim and Patty, KTVB, Pete at Quadrant Consulting for the measurements, and my little boys, thank you all for your unwavering support.
It was an exhilarating experience, and I’m humbled by the accomplishment. Breaking a Guinness World Record while blindfolded and juggling is a testament to dedication, skill, and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
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