Roger Biggs regretted it.
After completing his 869th marathon Sunday at the Louisiana Marathon in 4 hours, 50 minutes, 56 seconds, the 68-year-old from Stevenage, England, knew something wasn’t right.
“I didn’t feel good today,” said Biggs, who is the first man from the United Kingdom to complete a marathon in all 50 states. “Obviously, eating at IHOP just wasn’t the food I should’ve been eating. … I felt like absolute rubbish today.”
An occasional breeze and some shade-casting clouds were what most runners in Sunday's Louisi…
Biggs is one of three people from the U.K. who have completed a marathon in all 50 states. He has conquered 93 counties in the British Isles, too.
“I did numbers 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 here in the States,” he said. “I’ve been counting.”
Roughly 22,784 miles of marathon running later, Biggs remembered his most memorable moment involved "that bloody rabbit suit," he laughed.
In a marathon back home in England, he charged all 26.2 miles in a furry costume — big ears attached to his head and all.
“What had I gotten myself into?” he said of a race more than 500 marathons ago. “Why did I do that?"
Biggs spent most of his life in good condition, suffering from just one lingering lower Achilles injury that made him contemplate surgery after nearly two years of continuous stress on the tendon.
“About the time I got around to making the decision on surgery, it was improved enough,” he said.
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Angela Sanchez videos the start of the 2017 Louisiana Marathon downtown early Sunday morning.
Runners in the 2017 Louisiana Marathon trek down Dalrymple Drive early Sunday morning.
A fog hovers downtown Baton Rouge as marathon runners stretch before the start of the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday morning.
The group, Ainsleys Angels, gather in front of the starting line prior to the start of the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday morning in downtown Baton Rouge.
Marathon runners pass under the starting line as they compete in the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday morning in downtown Baton Rouge.
John Burns and his granddaughter, Eloise Selig, cheer on runners during the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday.
Madeline Fink, left, and Annie Fink watch the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday.
Dressed as Superman, David Theriot of Lafayette grabs a drink from a volunteer during the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday.
Grace Thacker from New Orleans takes the lead in the women’s division of the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday as she races down Woodside Drive.
Joseph Orth and Anastacia Wartmann of Virginia Beach run past the LSU lakes in the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday.
Rooster Rossiter from Virginia Beach, a member of Ainsley's Angels of America, smiles as he races around the LSU lakes in the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday.
Runners pass the LSU lakes during the 2017 Louisiana Marathon on a foggy Sunday morning.
Two young members of Ainsley's Angels of America turn onto East Lakeshore Drive in the 2017 Louisiana Marathon Sunday morning.
Froylan Franco races in the the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday holding up the flags of the United States and Mexico.
Allison Mayfield, right, high fives Colton Williams as Mayfield’s daughter, Kinsley, holds up a sign supporting both her mother and father who ran in the 2017 Louisiana Marathon Sunday morning.
A young boy cheers as runners pass down South Lakeshore Drive in the 2017 Louisiana Marathon Sunday morning. He holds up a sign for the runners that says, “You are insane.”
Sydney Prescott and Chad Braden, with Ochsner, prepare water for runners participating in the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday in downtown Baton Rouge.
From left, Madelyn Hoffman,7, Nathan Hoffman,6, and Scarlet Fey,5, enjoy snacks as the wait for runners at the finish line at the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday in downtown Baton Rouge.
Joe Orth pushes Stacia Wartman as they make it to the finish line on Sunday morning during the Louisiana Marathon in downtown Baton Rouge.
lead runners take off at precisley 7:00 a.m. to begin the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday morning in downtown Baton Rouge.
Marathon volunteers, from left, Diana Owens, Julie Belk, Gabi Cerise and Pam Simpson sort medals to be given to participants in the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday morning in downtown Baton Rouge.
Team Cage, and other team members with Ainsleys Angels, lead the runners to start the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday morning in downtown Baton Rouge.
Spectators line a barrier at the starting line of the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday morning in downtown Baton Rougeas they await the start of the race.
Julie shows a medal to be given to finishers of the Louisiana Marathon held on Sunday morning in downtown Baton Rouge.
Sally kelly helps her husband Paul with his helmet as he prepares to compete in the Louisiana Half-Marathon in downtown Baton Rouge on Sunday morning. The Kelly's made the trip from North Carolina to participate in the race.
While healthy this January, Biggs' trip across the Atlantic Ocean — which included a two-night stay in New Orleans before Sunday — also featured race No. 868 in Mobile, Alabama, on Jan. 8.
He has raced in Louisiana three times — in Lafayette, New Orleans and now Baton Rouge. Competing in a state that often is rare for Biggs, though. And it’s not something he'll continue.
Now 131 races away from marathon No. 1,000, he wants to race in different places rather than speed his way to the milestone.
“You really want to go to ones you’ve only done once,” he said. “I really don’t want to use the same event more than once.”
His 1,000th marathon will come into sight soon enough, but it wasn’t on his mind Sunday. To Biggs, running two races per weekend to speed his way to 1,000 doesn’t excite him. Nevertheless, No. 1,000 is coming.
“I’d rather do other things,” he said calmly.
Jack Brooks, his friend and racing and traveling partner from the U.K., quickly interrupted: “Oh, he’ll care more about it once the time gets nearer."
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