Like I’ve said, I’m really getting into this running thing…again. It is really interesting to me how the little tweaks I can do to my form and nutrition can vastly affect my performance. I like messing with it. One important tip I can give is never, never go for a run after eating pork chops, tzatziki sauce, rice and salad with a balsamic vinegarette. I knew this before I did it but thought I had waited long enough. I didn’t. My run was filled with unpleasant gaseous escapes. Have a small snack and if you’re going on a long run, take some small snacks with you. Oh, and electrolyte replenishers. They really help.
I’ve been reading more on endurance races for helpful insights. I read about this ultramarathon in the United States called the Western States 100. The stats for this course are incredible.
The following is from their site: Western States 100.
Beginning in Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, the trail ascends from the valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (elevation 8,750 feet), a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn, a small town in the heart of California’s historic gold country. Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory. People who are unfamiliar with the area should use caution when planning training runs, especially in the high country. Before leaving, let someone know where you will be running and when you will return. REMEMBER THAT MUCH OF THIS TERRITORY IS ACCESSIBLE ONLY BY FOOT, HORSE OR HELICOPTER.
After reading this, I was like, what? People do this? Yeah, they do this every year. In order to be deemed a finisher of the race, you must run this 100-mile course in under twenty-four hours. Wow!
Jim Walmsley set a new course record in 2018 with the time of 14:30:04. That’s 100 miles through that terrain in that time. Mind-blown!
Even more impressive is that the oldest finisher in 2018 was in the 70 years plus age group. Over 70 years old and completing the course in under 24 hours. Makes my marathon look like a nice afternoon jog.
If this sort of crazy interests you like it does me, you should read this book:
If it doesn’t, no biggie. I’ll be posting another short story soon.
By the way, there is a statistics page for my site that lets me know how much traffic it’s getting, who is following and where I’m getting visitors from. Most of my visitors are from North America. But I always have this one visitor from Ireland and I was like, someone is reading my stuff from across the pond? Cool. So hello Ireland and hello North America. Have a great day.
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