24 Hours of Laps and Questions...
Troy Malinowski's Race Report...
As we toes the line at the Germantown High School track, my son approached and asked to run a lap with me. So, as Robert said “Go” we ran together and ran a first lap of 2:33 minutes.
The second lap was uneventful at 2:37.
The third was again uneventful at 2:29
As I ran the fourth, it became uneventful at 2:32
The fifth and sixth laps were becoming common ground with times of 2:33 and 2:40, respectively.
The seventh was my planned rest lap and was walked at 4:16.
So, the challenge began …… along with the questions.
Let’s take a step back. Race day came and answered the weather question. The 5 a.m. thunderstorms woke me up. After some last minute preparations, we arrived in Germantown to find the signal lights out in the area, which included the High School. But the thunderstorms had pretty well passed.
As we toed the line, power was restored. Everyone mentally visualizing their goals. Of the known, Ryan Dexter planning to make the U.S. team with 145 miles. Jared Busen aiming for 130. Parker Rios shooting for a century. And myself looking to break another hundred this year. Ideally sooner than last year’s 23:43.
As we ran the first hour, we found our paces and settled in. I was a tad quick with just under a 5.75 mph pace. The next hour was better suited for me at a 4.75 pace. Unfortunately, the hours were passing in a see-saw pattern of various paces, but still on a 100 mile pace for the day.
Then the light showers and humidity kicked in. I found it harder and harder to keep pace. My speed was slowing and the body was taking its toll. The wetness was chaffing everywhere. Dry clothes, udder balm, Vaseline……. just wasn’t doing the trick.
I changed shoes, but the heat had swollen my feet and the toe box was hurting painfully. What shoes can I wear? After 2 miles, the first pair went back on.
As the ninth hour approached, I was in dire need. How can I get the chaffing to stop? I called for back-up shorts. A pair of swim trunks was delivered.
Shortly after, Ryan called it a day with just over sixty-two miles. The humidity had taken its first victim. And about two hours later, Mark Janosky ended his quest at nearly fifty-five miles.
As the twelfth hour came, my swim trunks were relieving some of the chaffing and I had recorded my fifty-first mile. I was halfway there, but the calves were just as tight as my shoes. I questioned continuing myself. I settled into a quick walk as running wasn’t an option at the time. After about an hour and a half, I tried running, but after a quarter mile, the energy wasn’t there. I attempted again after a little more walking. This run/walk pattern yielded about a quarter mile slower pace than walking alone.
It became time for a new goal. My goal last year was eighty miles and I was going to do it this year. I walked and kept slowly chipping away. Around 2 a.m., in the 16th hour, my lower back became sore. “I’ll sit and relax my back …..” and forty minutes later I awoke. I got up looking like a new born colt, as my legs wobbled around the track for a lap.
It was about this time that the previous day’s weather took its third victim. Jared was finished at just over ninety-one miles.
I continued walking and the back stiffened up again around four o’clock. I sat down and again forty minutes later was wobbling about the track.
As I walked across the line, Parker Rios crossed his 100th mile at 21:59:32.
And two hours later, the 24 hours were complete. I accomplished 79.331 miles with Parker winning the event with 105.652 miles. But the big winner of the day was Robert and his crew of volunteers. Whether loss of power, heat, rain, cold winds …. Robert was prepared and always with encouragement. While I and others didn’t achieve our goals, I had an enjoyable event.
And now, I ponder my latest question. Before the event, I commented next year will be spent volunteering …….. Unfortunately, that may very well not be the case.
As a side note, I placed fourth last year with 100.9 miles and fourth this year with 79.331.
And also, it was requested that I sign some of the 2011 LPTR calendars. Please bring yours on Sept. 28th, if you wish as the other studs will be in attendance.
Craig is currently “laying out” the 2012 calendar. Please get your pictures to Kevin for publishing.
Marty Burian's Race Report...
I went into this, my first 24 hour event, with three goals. The first goal, which I figured was my minimum goal, was to set a distance PR (more than 50.02 miles). The second goal was to reach 100K, and would make me very happy. My "stretch" goal (which was also referred to as my "ecstatic goal") was somewhere in the 75-78.6 mile range (75 miles would be 24 5Ks in 24 hours, 78.6 miles is 3 marathons). Needless to say, I'm ecstatic. :-D
[Note: The 80.4 miles logged here is the mileage my Garmin picked up. My OFFICIAL total distance is 77.854 miles. The difference is due to the fact that any distance not done on the inside lane of the track doesn't count. So, any walking I did in lanes 2 or 3 as well as walking to/from the restrooms doesn't get counted in the official total.]