French Guy Runs 26 Miles On His Balcony To Pass Time In Self-Isolation

by : Lucy Connolly on : 23 Mar 2020 17:40
French Guy Runs 26 Miles On His Balcony To Pass Time In Self-Isolationelisha_nochomovitz/les_athletes_francais/Instagram

As several countries around the world are put into lockdown in a bid to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, many might be wondering how best to keep up with their fitness regime.

With gyms out of the question, thousands are turning to home workouts instead, using makeshift equipment to keep up with their fitness while following government guidance to stay inside.


One man in France went one step further – running an entire marathon from the comfort of his own balcony to pass the time spent in self-isolation.

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🎖FINISHER MARATHON DE MON BALCON🎖 . 🔸️Je viens courir pendant près de 7heures sur mon balcon de 7 mètres de long et 1metre de large. (Vous avez été nombreux à calculer,à peu près 6000 A/R) J'avais la possibilité de sortir pour courir autour de la maison,mais si tout le monde pense pareil on aurait été nombreux dehors… Mon travail a été reconnu d'inutilité public,donc le meilleur moyen de ne pas se laisser abattre c'est de faire du sport. 🔸️La consigne était de rester à la maison,c'est ce que j'ai fait. Juste pour vous montrer qu'on a pas d'excuses,et s'il vous plaît penser à toutes ces aides soignants qui sont en première ligne face à ce virus 🙏🙏❤ J'écris à chaud après avoir tourner pendant 7h sur mon balcon…tout se mélange dans ma tête et j'ai envie de vomir hahaha… Mais merci à tous et toutes pour vos messages/soutien tout le long de la journée. Vous m'avez bien aider à tenir. J'ai bossé mon mental aujourdhui. Je ne me pensais plus capable de courir 42bornes mais #marathonman est toujours présent ⚡🤜🤛 LA BISE #marathonman #runhappy #runhappyteam #runtoexplore #runtoinspire #runstoppable #motivationoftheday #nopainnogain #runningmotivation #runnerlife #igrunners #runnersofinstagram #picoftheday #marathonfinisher #fuckcovid19 #npng #trainhard #workhard #athlete #motivation #brooksrunhappyteam

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Elisha Nochomovitz spent nearly seven hours – six hours and 48 minutes, to be precise – running 26.2 miles around his seven-metre-long balcony outside his apartment in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday, March 17.

The 32-year-old wanted to follow the advice given by the experts to ‘stay at home’, telling HuffPost France: ‘I quickly saw images of people leaving their house for a jog. But if everyone thinks the same thing, we will all end up outside.’


He wrote in an Instagram post that quickly went viral:

The order was to stay at home, that’s what I did. Just to show you that we have no excuses, and please think of all these caregivers who are on the front line facing this virus.

The keen runner said he wanted to ‘play down containment’, saying part of his goal was to ‘kill as much time as possible’.


In a video posted on social media, Nochomovitz can be seen running up and down his balcony, occasionally cheering towards the camera as he completes around 6,000 laps.

He admitted to having ‘a few aches’ a couple of days after the run, but with Nochomovitz now having 36 marathons under his belt, I think it’s fair to say the runner will have had some techniques at the ready to get him over the worst of it.

With France currently on lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, Nochomovitz is now wondering what he can do next, wondering: ‘How about another marathon to improve my record. Or a 12-hour home trainer session on my balcony?’


According to the latest figures, there are 16,018 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in France and 674 reported deaths. As of March 17, the French government ordered that people are only allowed to leave their homes – with a certificate to authorise it – for essential travel.

This includes: going to work, if working from home is not possible; going to your local grocery store; attending a medical appointment; taking your children to daycare; taking care of an elderly person; and working out close to your home.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by coronavirus and the families of those who have lost their lives.

It’s okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization on coronavirus, click here.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Health, Coronavirus, COVID-19, exercise, Life, Marathon, Running


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  2. HuffPost France

    Faire du sport à la maison? Lui court un marathon sur son balcon