Run 140 miles in one day..?

#1
Folks,

I am going to be running the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 24hr ultra marathon in Oct 2009 in aid of the Down's Syndrome Association.

My aims are to:

1. Raise £10,000 for the Down's Syndrome Association
2. Run over 140 miles in 24hrs. Yes. 140 miles in one day.

My nephew, George, has Down's and I wanted to do something special to help families with Down's lead full and rewarding lives.

I would be really, really grateful if you might consider sponsoring me/donating. Even small amounts will add up.

:)

It is very, very easy:

100 miles in one day


If you feel that it is appropriate, I would be in your eternal debt if you would forward the link to your friends, family and acquaintances - I need as wide an audience as possible!

Thank you so much for your time![hr]
 
#2
a person cannot run 100 mile in a day, you will die...surely. You will at least be running on nubs at the end. I would give you millions if you can actually do that (not a binding statement).



no, no, no, no, no ,no ,no ,no ,no, NO! It cannot be done, no.
I wish you best of luck but come, on really? no way. in one day
 
#3
Yes I can.... I think.

It will certainly be "a bit" of a challenge.

Last year's winner ran an incredible 147 miles - but he is an elite international ultra runner.

I have a while to train... I guess that 100 miles in a day is just the same as running 4 x marathons, one after the other....

If it weren't difficult, I wouldn't attempt it.

As someone once said to me, "You will never know how far you can run unless you try to run until your body breaks." Fair enough.

:D
 
#5
I've known of people cover 150 miles in 36 hours (I assume they get a ok speed up and sleep a few times for a hour or so throughout).

Good luck is all I can say.

When in 2009 is it?
 
#6
I know two guys who ran the West Highland Way in a oner - the older one said that the worst bit was after about 80 miles on the side of Loch Lomand in the dark (they came South) suddenly finding himself lying on his side totally unable to get up.

Walking a hundred would be 'kin murder, and trying to run will only make it worse :D
 
#7
Ian1983 said:
I've known of people cover 150 miles in 36 hours (I assume they get a ok speed up and sleep a few times for a hour or so throughout).

Good luck is all I can say.

When in 2009 is it?
It's in Oct 09. Around the 400m athletics track in Tooting Bec, London.

I think the worst bit is going to be the psychological challenge of running around a bloody 400m track for 24hrs.

Anyone going to sponsor me - very worthwhile cause?
 
#8
One of our lads just ran 54 miles in under 14 hours on the Caledonian Challenge 08, the winner did it in 9 hrs 44 mins, so I should think it is achievable.


Round a 400m running track.....you must be off your head mate.
 
#9
Thats over 400 laps...you'll get dizzy. Why don't you find two towns that are 100 miles or so apart? (slightly) easier mentally I'd imagine...
 
#11
I have spoken to more than one who has done it, and over here there is a circuit of 100km in 24hrs, and some people do run it.
The trick I am told is to always hold something back, if you normally run at 14kph for a half or full marathon
then run at 10kph. It is boring at first but you can keep up the pace for hours and finish in about 10 hours.
Look how wolves/dogs trot, they can keep it up all day.

I have looked at doing one of these circuits and we decided that the key is the feet, if they are in good nick the rest is simply pain and determination. How much of a masochist are you?

My neighbour is in his sixties and he has done this Sahara Ultra course every year for the last few, and he has won it on more than one occasion. If he can you can you young stripling you.

Good luck with your endeavour.
 
#13
gobbyidiot said:
I know two guys who ran the West Highland Way in a oner - the older one said that the worst bit was after about 80 miles on the side of Loch Lomand in the dark (they came South) suddenly finding himself lying on his side totally unable to get up.

Walking a hundred would be 'kin murder, and trying to run will only make it worse :D
Yep, this is a race carried out each year around 21-22 June, I've walked and jogged it twice, using a combination of both managed it in 4 days the first time and a leisurely 7 days the second time 10 years later but I would like to give the Race a try, you have 36 hours to run 150km (95 Miles-ish) the record is something daft like 17 hours!!! 8O so yes, 100 miles is feasible in one day for your average Ultrathon racer...

Good Luck mate, a worthy cause if I may say so, a good Corps friend of mine has a son with Downs and if knew about the race I think he'd also attempt it as I know he would do anything for his Son.

I'll have a look at your Donation page in a minute...

I wish you the best, pics beginning/middle and end please :wink:
 
#15
Gundulph said:
gobbyidiot said:
I know two guys who ran the West Highland Way in a oner - the older one said that the worst bit was after about 80 miles on the side of Loch Lomand in the dark (they came South) suddenly finding himself lying on his side totally unable to get up.

Walking a hundred would be 'kin murder, and trying to run will only make it worse :D
Yep, this is a race carried out each year around 21-22 June, I've walked and jogged it twice, using a combination of both managed it in 4 days the first time and a leisurely 7 days the second time 10 years later but I would like to give the Race a try, you have 36 hours to run 150km (95 Miles-ish) the record is something daft like 17 hours!!! 8O so yes, 100 miles is feasible in one day for your average Ultrathon racer...

Good Luck mate, a worthy cause if I may say so, a good Corps friend of mine has a son with Downs and if knew about the race I think he'd also attempt it as I know he would do anything for his Son.

I'll have a look at your Donation page in a minute...

I wish you the best, pics beginning/middle and end please :wink:
Pics will be posted.... try not to laugh too much at the incredible pain that will be etched into my face.

Please feel free to pass link to page to anyone you feel may be likely to donate.

Thanks for your interest.
 
#16
Yes, it's very achievable so don't let anyone put you off. Incidentally the world record for 100 miles is under 11 and a half hours and that amazing greek chap has covered 303km in 24 hours (about 187 miles). You can cover 100 miles providing you are fit and healthy, injury free and strong willed. Think of it this way, a steady walk is 4mph, in 24 hours you would cover 96 miles by just non stop walking. You might want to grab a few minuted kip here and there but it would not be asking the body too much to stay awake during the whole 24 hours. I would suggest a simple pre event strategy for you to aim for such as jog for 10 minutes, walk for 20 and so on. Have a plan B so if your time/distance goals slip due to tiredness/cramp/excess sleep/bad weather etc. you can recalculate and aim for new, reduced targets that will still get you the 100 miles albeit slower.

With regards to running your distance over a 400m track, I attempted a 40 mile track race once and soon discovered that one is leaning to their left in excess of 200m per lap while running into the bends, along the bends and out of them. This caused me some dicomfort in my left hip though stopping after 20 miles sorted it! Some event organisers will allow all competitors to change direction at an agreed point in time which is a wise idea. Ask the event organiser if this might be possible.

Good luck.... but you won't need it, all you'll need is determination.
 
#18
JayCam said:
AROUND AN ATHLETICS TRACK??? Why on earth would they do it round an athletics track??? Thats absolutely horrible... totally evil!
You're right, it's dumb! And how big is Russia? 68 x the land mass of the UK and for the 1996 100km World Championships they chose a disused stretch of motorway and had the athletes run up and down a 5km straight ten times in each direction! I can only assume it's easier for the officials to marshall.
 
#19
I was on a course a few years ago with a bloke who did this 24 hrs around a running track and see what distance you could do. He said the first 1 was insane, and he thought he was going to die, but after a couple of days recovery he said that the bug bit and bit hard.
F#@king mad to me but he seemed fairly sane in all over respects, so good luck to you.
 
#20
O2Thief said:
Yes, it's very achievable so don't let anyone put you off. Incidentally the world record for 100 miles is under 11 and a half hours and that amazing greek chap has covered 303km in 24 hours (about 187 miles). You can cover 100 miles providing you are fit and healthy, injury free and strong willed. Think of it this way, a steady walk is 4mph, in 24 hours you would cover 96 miles by just non stop walking. You might want to grab a few minuted kip here and there but it would not be asking the body too much to stay awake during the whole 24 hours. I would suggest a simple pre event strategy for you to aim for such as jog for 10 minutes, walk for 20 and so on. Have a plan B so if your time/distance goals slip due to tiredness/cramp/excess sleep/bad weather etc. you can recalculate and aim for new, reduced targets that will still get you the 100 miles albeit slower.

With regards to running your distance over a 400m track, I attempted a 40 mile track race once and soon discovered that one is leaning to their left in excess of 200m per lap while running into the bends, along the bends and out of them. This caused me some dicomfort in my left hip though stopping after 20 miles sorted it! Some event organisers will allow all competitors to change direction at an agreed point in time which is a wise idea. Ask the event organiser if this might be possible.

Good luck.... but you won't need it, all you'll need is determination.
Thanks. That amazing Greek chap is called Yanis Kouros I think. His records have stood for years and may never be beaten. Almost all of the British ultra distance records are held by Don Ritchie - an absolute legend who is still winning races in his 70s.

My plan is a 25/5 running/walking split. I intend to keep to this from the beginning, no matter how easy it feels to start with. I'm planning on starting at about 10 min/mile pace knowing that this will probably slow dramatically in the later stages, particularly during the early hours of the morning.

Thanks for the tips guys - anyone going to donate to the cause? (It might help ease the pain a bit!)
 

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