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Tim Peake Becomes The First Person To Run Space Marathon Aboard The ISS

(Photo : Twitter / Tim Peake Official ) Astronaut Tim Peake completed the London Marathon from the ISS.

British Astronaut Tim Peake, who is four months into a six month stint aboard the International Space Station, became the first person to complete a marathon in space on Sunday.

The 44-year-old acted as the race's official starter over video and began running shortly after Tweeting, "Hello #London! Fancy a run? :)".

Peake completed the 26.2 mile London Marathon in three hours 35 minutes and 21 seconds, NBC News reports. The accomplishment was astronomical, but Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the marathon with a time of 2:03:05.

Britain's largest open race was sure to draw some talented and unique entries, but Peake took it to another level. The astronaut used a treadmill, iPad and harness setup to compete with the marathon's 38,000 other participants.

An iPad played a prerecorded video of the London track that could be adjusted to the runner's pace, The Telegraph Reports.

A rucksack-like harness was strapped around Peake's torso to pull his bodyweight back to his treadmill with two bungee cords. The astronaut's shoulders carried 60 to 80 percent of his weight and rubbed on the straps during the 26 mile journey, according to WIRED.

Peake told BBC News that the harness system was "one of the biggest challenges."

The astronaut's personal trainer Patrick Jaekel focused on shoulder and posture exercises to compensate for the unevenly distributed weight, according to WIRED. Peake could not train as hard as other participants, but his daily exercise routine is still rigorous.

The marathon's training challenges pale in comparison to the everyday toll of being in space.

WIRED reports that "most astronauts come back with less muscle, less bone, and with a less efficient and a lower capacity for exercise."

Peake's last recorded marathon was in 1999 and his current time is only a quarter hour slower, according to NBC News.

It appears Peake is faring well aboard the ISS, and he will go down in history for jumping another hurdle in space exploration.

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