Obsessed Runner Blog
There are events called " The Back Yard Ultra", where the competitors run a 4.167 mile loop, on the hour, every hour, until there is only one runner left. (If you are not back lined up at the starting line at the hour, you are out) The 4.167 mile distance makes for a total of 100 miles at 24 hours. The current record, 67 hours, around 280 miles. Yikes! I have found that using a variation of this makes for an inspiring way to get in a very long run. Pick any distance loop and any time limit to do it. Say, 1 mile in 11 minutes. Finish in 9 minutes, rest, stretch, get a drink or whatever then head out at 10 minutes, again at 20 minutes ... Until you can't make it to the start line. Even more fun is to do this with a group of friends, virtually for now, getting on the phone with them every deadline/start time and cheering each other on. Another variation, Have the time for each loop get reduced by one minute. An example, start with 13 minute limit for loop one, 12 minutes for loop 2 ... As the limit gets shorter, your rest period eventually evaporates. Dan, a member of the RF Events crew, along with his son, just ran 5 miles, every 4 hours, for 24 hours. 30 miles, sleep deprivation ... Yes, Dan is a wild man. Dream up your own system and shake up your next long run!
May today's run blow your mind!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is missing the spring races and all of you. Be safe, be well and we will all be out there together soon.
PS: We are crossing our fingers that the Island Time 6, 12, 24 hour run will take place on May 29 & 30. Over 7 weeks away ... Sounds like a lifetime in the quarantine world.
4.1.20 - Yes, you can, (A break from the COVID emails ...)
In 1980, my new bride and I were sitting on our couch watching The Ironman Triathlon on the Wild World of Sport. I could only imagine what these athletes were thinking as they lined up in the water waiting for the starting cannon to fire, knowing what a long and painful day was before them. When the show ended, my wife turned to me and said, I could do that... we should do that. I said nothing, my head needed time to process the comment. She was serious. My wife swam in college and had become a solid runner, we biked but not too seriously, just a long charity ride or two. I said, OK. Immediately, I knew this was a big deal, I had no idea how much that two letter response would change our lives forever, and no longer did I have to wonder what it was like to hear that starting cannon in Kona. Our world may seem small today, make a big plan.
Just say OK,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, missing lining up with all of you.
Last night I escaped the COVID 19 world for a bit as I was transported to the front of the pack of the 2010 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run by watching the movie "Unbreakable", on youtube.com. Upbeat, motivational movies and books can change a negative thought pattern to one of hope and wonder. Seeing what the human spirit is capable of might give us the push needed to reach our potential. Vegan athletes, the best long distance runners in the world, who run 150 to 200 mile weeks up and down mountains, alone in the wilderness, have incredible insight, not unlike cloistered monks or gurus, and they share them in this movie. A common thread was leaving structured training behind and trusting long hard miles with thousands of feet of climb on rocky rooted trails, letting the run teach us the way.
Let's use this time to grow,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner on life's journey.