Grandmother Smashes World Marathon Record

Age is just a number for Jeannie Rice, smashing the world marathon record for her age category at 70-years-old.

Rice shaved an impressive six minutes and 31 seconds of the previous record, crossing the finishing line at the Chicago Marathon in 3:29:50.

"It always feels great to see that finish line, especially in Chicago," she told Metro.co.uk.

"I was extremely happy to see the finish line when I knew I had broken the World Record by more than seven minutes. It was an amazing feeling."

Jeannie Rice running in the Chicago Marathon. Image: Alexis Bullen Twitter

While most of us would need a week to recover from that effort, Rice went to work the next day.

Rice, who has run in 116 marathons in 35 years, said she felt fine after the race.

"I love competition and preparing for races helps to keep me motivated to run better and faster," she said.

"It's a huge part of my life."

Jeannie Rice has raced in 116 marathons in 35 years. Image: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Rice's fastest time is three hours and 16 minutes, which she set at the Columbus Marathon.

To prepare for her races, she gets up at 5.30 every morning to go for a run, alternating between five and 10 kilometres to work on her speed and endurance.

In the time leading up to a marathon, she can run as much as 100 kilometres a week.

‘I really do not enjoy treadmills,’ she said.

Jeannie set a record of 3:27:50. Image: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

"The only hard thing about training is keeping going through the cold weather, the wind and the rain does definitely make it tougher."

But breaking this record isn't the end for Rice -- she'll be aiming to go even quicker at the New York Marathon in three weeks.

"If we have the right conditions, I know I can break my record."

The previous world record time for 70+ age category was 3:35:29, set by Helga Miketta at the Essen Marathon in 2013.

Feature Image: Bank of America Chicago Marathon