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Jun 01 2015

Running 100.9 miles in 24 Hours at Dawn 2 Dusk 2 Dawn Track ultramarathon in PA.

Sprinting 100th mile lap_Running for 24 hours on a track. 100 miles in a day? 405 laps on a ¼ mile loop in 90 degree humid heat? Is it possible? With a LOT of training, a base foundation, cross training, and putting it all on the line in the last 2 hours of a 24 hour race – yes – I have finally achieved that elusive golden coveted benchmark in the ultramarathon running world: Running 100 miles in a single day. Finishing in 14th place overall too!
It was 90 degree F in Philadelphia, no shade, and the first 12 hours I ran 50.9 miles. For 12 hours from 7am to 7pm, it was a game of "managing the day, own the night," meaning what ever happened, do not push hard AT ALL in the first 12 hours, the sun fries you, zaps your energy, prevents you from pushing hard later.

After 12 hours things didn't quite pick up as I'd hoped.  I spent 30 minutes changing my set of soaked shorts and socks, shoes, and by midnight, 5 hours later I'd reached 70 miles.  Here, I went even slower.  My body just wasn't running, probably because I couldn't get my fueling right.  It was hard to know what it needed for calories, and the food options while good, wasn't that much, and about 20 feet off the course meaning I didn't expend the energy very often to step over and getting food.  I think it was taking me 4 hours to run (walk, rest, walk)  just10 miles. With 3 hours 35 minutes to go, one of the leaders asked me (at 4:30 am) what my mileage was at, I told him 81 miles.  His words, were, "yeah, doesn't look like you're gonna get a hundred." I affirmed that, as I'd resigned myself to accepting 90 something miles because I just wasn't moving like I needed to.   We both said, will maybe I'll get 91 miles, or 3 miles an hour. which was my rate of movment for the past 5-6 hours.  My legs just weren't running, and I wasn't really getting food in me that I needed. But I was determined to try and get to 93 miles, then 95 if I could somehow run.  Took all my will power, but was still too slow. With 2.5 hours to go I was about 85 miles, so 4 mph. Still walking.  I started running harder with such focus to try and get to 87.5 miles at with 2 hours to go. I'd seen Deano Montreuil, who was waking up from some sleep if him and/or Tim could help pace me.  He said give him a few laps to warm up (he'd already run 100km the night before 62 miles).  Elated, I kept the pace, and he joined me and I had 10.5 miles to run in 1 hour 45 minutes.  To reach 100.  I knew with a lot of luck, no cramping, fueling, maybe, just maybe we could hit 100 miles.  I mean try running 10.5 miles in 1:45, then try after already doing 89 miles.  I'd been going faster and faster, and somehow did 6miles in a hour, giving us some buffer room. I'd asked him to run in front of me so I could just run stride for stride behind him.  He also got me a couple of gels and some water, about the only fuel I had the last 6 or so hours. Maybe some Gatorade. The timing chip thing kept messing up, and when we thought we had 2 laps to go in 20 minutes, we actually had to do an extra mile to hit the 100.2 mile on the track.  By golly we got it done, and we were so happy.  He got a few more miles, and I used up all the time on the clock ending with 100.9 miles, a near dead on 50/50 split one of the rarest feats in Ultrarunning (see my analysis), especially track 24 hours.  I finished 14th place over all, 13th male out of 29 starters. so top half.  Half the 24 Hour starters finished over 100 miles, also a extreme rare feat in any ultra marathon 24 hour race.  The field was strong.  The day was hot, the athletes extreme, and the experience extraordinary.  Will post more about the full race with photos of the other runners soon.  Need to catch up on some sleep. And fly back to Colorado tonight, and be at work by 6am in the morning.  Thank you Deano Montreuil.

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                        24 HOUR RACE RESULTS
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Place No.   Name                Age S City               St Laps Dist    Time      
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    1  2105 Ian McIlvenna        45 M Quesnel            BC  627 155.8 23:59:45
    2  1573 Joshua Finger        42 M Spring City        PA  613 152.4 23:57:41
    3  2114 Dan Rose             38 M Springfield        VA  555 137.9 23:57:59
    4  1663 David Johnston       45 M Willow             AK  550 136.7 23:59:19
    5  2112 Padraig Mullins      33 M Cambridge          MA  536 133.2 23:59:58
    6  1642 Andres Hernandez     45 M Downingtown        PA  496 123.3 23:59:49
    7  1494 Tom Dekornfeld       62 M Annapolis          MD  492 122.3 23:59:07
    8  1600 John Geesler         56 M St. Johnsville     NY  480 119.3 23:58:49
    9  2104 Philip McCarthy      47 M New York           NY  479 119.1 23:58:20
   10  2117 Dan Schultz          39 M Newtown Square     PA  459 114.1 23:59:08
   11  1560 Lou Donofrio         37 M Wallingford        PA  428 106.4 23:59:15
   12  2116 Jeanette Santa Tere  50 F Nanuet             NY  418 103.9 23:56:04
   13  2126 Keith Straw          60 M Malvern            PA  409 101.7 19:50:51
   14   414 Israel Archuletta    35 M Colorado Springs   CO  406 100.9 23:58:43
   15  2125 Carey Stoneking      64 M Rock Hill          SC  311 77.3 20:59:34
   16  2110 Bonnie Muetterties   61 F Media              PA  294 73.1 22:46:33
   17  2107 Deano Montreuil      47 M Suwanee            GA  293 72.8 23:57:00
   18  2131 Tim Waz              39 M Ridgeland          SC  275 68.4 23:57:59
   19  2130 Sky Waterpeace       37 M Pitman             NJ  267 66.4 19:39:18
   20  2113 Perry Rapp           50 M Lex Pk             MD  243 60.4 14:30:31
   21   964 Robert Carney        58 M Media              PA  243 60.4 15:58:00
   22   940 Jennifer Buescher    42 F Cotati             CA  243 60.4 22:47:31
   23  1563 Gregg Ellis          44 M CALHOUN            GA  210 52.2 23:49:25
   24  2121 Maria Shields        64 F Davidsonville      MD  179 44.5 9:46:03
   25  1669 Erik Litt            47 M Philadelphia       PA  175 43.5 16:05:15
   26  1671 Don Lookingbill      55 M York               PA  144 35.8 12:00:51
   27  2127 Doug Taylor          71 M Scottsdale         AZ  123 30.6 8:04:29
   28  1688 Laurence Macon       70 M San Antonio        TX  108 26.8 7:35:59
   29  1571 Lauri Fauerbach Ada  44 F Philadelphia       PA  106 26.3 4:15:10

Here's my training leading up to this race. Read about my RUN STREAK here

Weekly Miles through May 31 2015 - 168 Days 1800 Miles, Run Streak, Run Streak Miles 2015

 

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