Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mother Road 100--Here I Come... Again

It's time to begin training for the second Mother Road 100 miler. In the 2006 race, I finished with a time of 25hrs and 34 minutes. This time I want to finish in under 24hours

For more information on the Mother Road 100 (part 2), click here

I've enjoyed my couple weeks off, but now the serious training must start. I'll try to keep you posted with the details of my training.

To kick things off, I plan on running a half-marathon on Saturday. It's part of the Oklahoma Sooner State Games annual event held at Lake Overholser. This is one of the races I have ran every year since I started running seriously three years ago. This was the farthest distance I had run until the Mother Road 100 in November of 2006. So in some regard, I am running this Saturday for sake of tradition, but it is also a good way to begin my training program. Hopefully I will be able to start my training injury free--unlike my first 100 mile training when I acquired a hip injury right away. I've put a lot of miles in and gained a lot more experience since then, so we'll see what happens.

Last year I ran the half-marathon in 1 hour and 51 minutes (remember I don't usually run for speed) and I was happy with that time. I hope to beat that this year, but I haven't run more than 3 miles at one time for over two weeks now, and I am not sure how starting things off with a 13.1 mile race will go, but I'll try anyway.

Thanks for your encouragement, please e-mail me or leave a comment and I'll return it a.s.a.p.


chris said...

Holy crap, Rocky! 100 miles??? I can't even fathom that. Do you take breaks to eat? Do you walk a lot of that? What percentage of that will be walking do you think? I know, lots of stupid questions...

I wanted to participate in the Oklahoma Sooner State Games this weekend but I will be in California this weekend. I will be running a 12K while I am there, but I am going to miss not participating in The Games.

I look forward to reading about your training.

Rocky said...

Neither could I fathom it when I ran my first half-marathon. I had thought about it when I read of ultramarathons, but to me even a full-marathon seemed impossible at that point.

After my first half-marathon (sooner state games) I heard about the Mother Road 100 and signed up (I had connections with the race director and he actually signed me up after I showed interest). However, I seriously doubted I could do it with only 4 months of training--but I did.

To make a long story short, I learned that 100 miles is a completely different world--you don't train the same way, you don't eat the same way...

Theoretically, you can walk 100 miles in 25 hours. And since my time was 25 hours and 34 minutes, you can imagine how much I walked and took breaks. But actually, a common walk-to-run ratio for beginner ultramarathoners would be something like run (jog) 4 miles and walk 1.

You should consider it!

chris said...

What if I die right there on the road? Will they call my wife for me and tell them what happened? LOL

What time did the winner finish with?

Let's see if I can get through my half-marathon and then a full before I start thinking about ultra-marathons.

Rocky said...

Your wife can follow you in the car. Seriously. I had a crew (my parents, my sister and brother-in-law and their kids, my wife, my kids...I think that's all of them) and they ended up following me in a camper trailer--pretty funny--they would drive past me half-way between aid-stations to check on me and then drive off and wait for me at the aid-station.

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