On May 18, exactly six weeks before the 2013 Tour de France, Zoë Romano laced up her running shoes and set out to accomplish what no other person has ever done: run the entire 2,000-mile route of the world famous cycling event. Her goal: Finish one day ahead of the pack (on July 20), which means she'll need to cover an average of 30 miles per day!
This isn't the first time Romano has taken on a daunting distance. In 2011 she became the first solo female runner to cover the 2,800 miles across the United States. Though she didn't start distance running until college, she's fallen head over heels with the sport. "I love the adrenaline rush from running, and I love being outdoors," Romano says. "For me, running is a means of discovery: not only do I discover new towns and places, I've also learned more about myself."
She's also running for a good cause—the Tour de France challenge will raise money for the World Pediatric Project, a charity that provides medical care to children in developing countries in the Caribbean and Central America. To say Romano is inspiring is a serious understatement, but her extreme physical feat also made us curious: What (and how much!) is she eating to fuel her body during day-long runs? Here, the distance runner shares photos of everything that passed her lips during one 24-hour period on her journey to the finish line.