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Central Texas runner eyes 300th marathon

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For most runners, finishing a marathon is the ultimate goal.

For Central Texas' Parvaneh Moayedi, her first 26.2 mile race was just the beginning.

The Livestrong Austin Marathon will be the 300th of Moayedi's career - an amazing endurance sport milestone. The San Antonio resident's accomplishment is even more jaw dropping considering the 48-year-old ran her first just 13 years ago!

"I used to be a workaholic about 20 years ago," said Moayedi, "and it came to the point that I really couldn't manage my life.. so I started picking up running."

The ultra-competitive Moayedi began her hobby at a more grueling pace than most. She said she would wake up at 4 am to run before work, would run during her lunch break, then would run again after work. After a few years of that, she ran in her first marathon (San Antonio) in 2000, then immediately set the goal of running one marathon a month. Since then, she has gradually increased her race load to an amazing 66 in 2012!

She's finished a marathon in all 50 states and on all 7 continents.

She has finished longer endurance races including 24 hour, 100 mile events.

Moayedi, even recently broke the women's Guinness World Record for running 17 marathons in 17 consecutive days!

"It's all mental because you can train your body to do anything over time," said Moayedi. "You just have to take it easy and have some milestones and step by step, get there."

She's experienced the ultimate "runners' high" near Mount Kilimanjaro.

"In Tanzania, I ran the marathon and summited the 19,000 feet mountain a few days later," said Moayedi.

She's also suffered lows - like when she finished one of her 24 hour, 100 mile events!

"It was the only race where I felt like I was going to faint. And I did!" said Moayedi. "I asked them for an I.V. And they said 'We don't have an I.V. We have to take you to the emergency room'. I said 'No! No! Just let me crash, I'll be fine in a couple of hours'!"

As much as this athlete from Iran has seen, done, and won, it sounds like she's just getting warmed up!

"This is a lifestyle for me," said Moayedi, "and I'm probably going to run until the last day I live!"

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