Monday, September 12, 2011

San Francisco 12 Hour Prep

I am prepping this week for a 12 hour running race at San Francisco’s Crissy Field. By prepping, I mean tapering a bit, drinking more fluids than usual and setting aside some supplies.


Potato chips!

Ginger chews!

There are 34 people signed up for this suffer-fest. Ten women. Twenty four men. A 69 year old. A 68 year old. The youngest? A wet behind the ears 29! Though mostly Californian, the race has a pinch of international influence. A person from Hong Kong and a lady from Canada are signed up.

What is a 12 hour race? The title sums it up. It is exactly what it sounds like. He or she who runs the farthest in 12 hours wins. In this case, the entire course is a 1 mile loop. You go around, around and around and if you go around and around and around further than the rest of the people in 12 hours you win.

The world record for a twelve hour run was set back on March 15, 1985 by Yiannis Kouris. 101 miles.

The record for this race is 83.4 miles by some dude in 2007. Any mileage above 55 miles is usually good for a Top 10 finish.

What do I think I can do? I don’t know.

My legs have been behaving well lately. I have not had a case of stump leg in 2-3 weeks now. My best day on the Run Across America was 50 miles in a little over 7 hours. That was being towed along by some dudes from the Columbus University Cross Country team. If I can average 11 minute miles, I can do 60 miles in 12 hours. However, you never know what will happen until you actually start running. I could have a GREAT day and hit 10 minute miles for 72 miles. Or, have a perfectly ugly day and end up walking for 36.

I will be tweeting (@EdRoshitsh) and shooting some pictures out to my Facebook page (MyRunAcrossAmercia) as the day progresses.

If you are in SF and want to throw down a few slow miles with me, come on down to Crissy Field Saturday!  

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