Thursday, December 2, 2010

Training for a 48-Hour

Having signed up for Across The Years 48-Hour, I've been trying to figure out the best way to train for the race.  Two weeks ago, I went to Texas for the Ultracentric 24-hour.  My thought was to run at least 100 miles at a moderate pace to see how things went.

In Houston, I met up with Jamie Donaldson and we ate our pre-race meal in of all places Cleveland, Texas at the local Pizza Hut. 

The next morning, we drove to the race in a nice park setting about 30 minutes away.  As we drove the .6 mile loop, we noted the rolling hills, a fairly steep downhill at the mid-point and a short steep uphill at the end of the loop.  Pretty much at that point I decided that 100 miles would be a good place to stop.

Jamie and I got to catch up before the race with fellow 24-hour teammate Amy Palmiero-Winters, who was also running the race.  Here's a picture with our Drymax socks before the race!

I put on my I-pod right away as the race was very small and lonely!  The weather was partly cloudy and got warm after a few hours. Given the hill at the end of each loop, I walked every loop which ended up being every 6 or 7 minutes. I wanted to experiment with walking breaks at this race as I am planning to take walking breaks during the 48-hour but this is a little more frequent than I had planned. I also tried something new, Hammer Perpetuem solids - coffee flavor.  These worked really well and were easy to ingest until I got sick of them after about 12 hours.  Further experimenting, I tried some longer shorts that had a pocket in the back.  The pocket was nice but the shorts drove me crazy.  I ended up changing into shorter shorts at the 12 hour mark.

I hit the 100 mark around 19:15 and called it a day.  I tried to get some sleep and then watched Jamie keep looping around the course.   She was very strong and ended up with almost 137 miles.  Jamie had a great run given that the course was a bit challenging.

Now, on to actually run the 48-hour.  I just need to find enough music for the I-pod....


  1. I always liked Charles Rowell's 1881 6-Day Race plan: run 8 minute miles for the first 100, then walk fast. Not exactly helpful, is it?

    You, Jamie and Amy seem to be doing a world tour together - though I doubt they're doing the 48 hour. Any idea what the records are for women for 48?

  2. As best as I can figure out, the women's American record for 48-hours is held by Sue Ellen Trapp with 234.811 miles. She set that record at the age of 51! Since I am 51, I guess I have no excuses!! The World Record was set this year at Surgeres, France by Inagaki Sumie with 246.748 miles. Those look like some big numbers....

    Jamie and Amy won't be at ATY but other US teammates will be there: Phil McCarthy (running 48) and John Geesler (running 72) and I think Jill Perry (not sure if she's running 24 or 48)...