Tire flip, headphones and other rambles

I saw an article in the Star-Tribune yesterday.  It was about a guy who wanted to run 93 miles in 24 hours on a treadmill, (

http://www.startribune.com/local/north/38239339.html?elr=KArksUUUU)  At first, I though let Diane challenge the guy…  She will always be the queen of treadmill training in my book!  Then I though, I know so many people that could do this easy… I might sound like I am diminishing his glory, but Adam flips a tire and I think he can do over 100 in 24 hours on a treadmill…  Enough said.  What I know about most successful ultra runner is they are so humble.


I never thought I would get rid of that cold, and it still lingers a little…  I think it is lingering as I need to get some sleep.  After being sick all last week and sleeping for what seemed like forever, insomnia has hit me now as I try to get caught up.  I monitor my time sleeping and morning pulse rate among other things; I have slept 20 hours in 6 days… (THAT IS LESS THAN 3.5 A NIGHT…I AM NOW ON AUTO PILOT AND FORGETTING WHAT I AM DOING.)  I hate taking sleeping pills but I think I need to head to the store and stock up.  They just make me feel so depressed!


I did run yesterday and felt good.  Just 3.1 miles in 32 minutes.  Also got an e-mail that Grandma’s Marathon no longer bans headphones.  They still encourage not using them to enhance the full atmosphere and experience of the race.  I did enter.  I have to, I think.  I have said it many times on this blog; I had a goal in 1985 to run 25 years in a row.  I have 24…  I am not sure I want to fail, but I am already so nervous…  To me, it does not seem like such an accomplishment until I look back at life changes, injuries, and all other things that could have stopped me, but did not!


Saturday looks like a great day to head outside.  I finally have 3 weekends where my tennis only has me working a match a day and that is nice.  But then I have three weekends in a row where any training is impossible with tennis being 12-14 hours a day…


Starting March 21, I have only one full weekend of tennis though May 16 so I am looking so forward to getting a solid 6 weeks of weight loss and training.  Up till that point, I have the goal of building a solid, consistent base of 20-30 miles a week.  Over that next 8 week period, I plan on getting my average miles into the high 40’s and slowly creep into the 50’s though Grandma’s.  At that time, I will decide if it is time to work an aid station at the Superior 100 or ramp up and go for it again?


Two weeks from today I will be in Munich, Germany with my son.  Never been to Germany so it should be so much fun! 


Carry on!



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4 responses to “Tire flip, headphones and other rambles

  1. MN Ultra Runner

    Hope you get caught up on that sleep! Several people contacted me when they saw that story, some wanted me to do the same thing on the same day! No thanks. Hopefully he can raise some money for whatever cause it is.

  2. Scott Mark

    I say the best way to see a new place is rolling past you on foot at 7 mph. Hope you get out for some runs. Enjoy your trip!

  3. SteveQ

    The guy says he’s never gone beyond 28 miles – he’ll hit 40-45, slow to a walk and quit at 50.Guaranteed.

  4. Diane

    Thanks for the honorable mention, Londell! I thought the same thing as I read the article, that I knew many people who would be able to do the same thing. I wonder how/why he got the press?I agree with Steve’s prediction.

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