Tuesday 26 September 2006

Ultrarunning Man

I've been a Dean Karnazes (www.ultramarathonman.com) fan for a while. His ultrarunning accomplishments are incredible. Nevermind his Badwater 2004 (www.badwater.com) and 10 x Western States 100 (www.ws100.com) victories, the guy just keeps running and running and running.

Dean's most recent challenge - currently underway - is the North Face Endurance 50 (www.endurance50.com). What is it you ask? It's 50 marathons in 50 US states in 50 consecutive days. That's a total of 2110km! He started on 16 September and so today, Tuesday 26 Sept is Day 10.

Some of the marathons are actual events. For others - especially during the week - he runs an established marathon route in that State. Dean will end with the New York Marathon in November.

From the Endurance 50 website, follow the link for the Timex website. His speed, HR, calorie expenditure and other such interesting stats are available for each marathon.

Also visit Chris Carmichael's website at www.trainright.com. Chris - Lance Armstrong's coach - is also Dean's coach and advisor (along with others).

On the event website it said something about Dean running 4:30 - 5:00 marathon times. Looking at his first 9 races he's running 3:50 - 4:30 times. Impressive.

Thursday 21 September 2006

10km in 45-minutes?

My PB on a 10km is 44-minutes... but that was a good 6-years ago when I was running short distances fast and the ultra distance bug hadn't bitten.
Since 2000 my times got slower and slower reaching an all-time low of 60-minutes for a 10km. *shock and horror*. In reality, an hour is respectable (6min/km pace) but when you've run faster, it's a shocker. Over the last 2-years I've taken my times down to a consistent 50-52-minute 10km and a few weeks ago I ran a 49-minute 10km (only just).

I'm now on a mission.

I've had Norrie's book on ultra distance running for a year already. At the back he has a "45-minute 10km" programme. It's a 7-week programme and I started it on Monday.

I often check out running programmes in books and mags looking for ideas and fun training alternatives but I never actually follow the programme. I'm going to give it a try. It ain't gonna be easy to chop 5-minutes off my current pace dropping it from a steady 5:00/km to 4:30/km average. Those 30-seconds per kilometer do make a difference. I'll let you know how it goes.