Math and Preparing for Hennepin Hundred

Around a year ago - I started working on spreadsheets for Hennepin. Being an Engineer, I love to make spreadsheets - try to come up with Math to see how I can do things.  In order to get that Extra Large under 24 hour belt buckle - what pace do I need?

Visual picture of what I am doing while running

Visual picture of what I am doing while running

Sub- 24 hour buckle

Sub- 24 hour buckle


By the way - all you need to do to get that buckle is to average just under 14 minutes and 24 seconds a mile - which doesn't sound too hard - does it?  

Somehow I had it in my mind that I could possibly pull an average of a 10 minute per mile pace
I saw myself finishing before Midnight (that did not work out), but I did manage to finish in under 24 hours (I will tell you more about that later), and I will try to find a way to share my worksheet - which may or may not help.  


Be warned- I am that guy who does race math in his head - and will probably blurt out - "It's 5 miles to the next aid station - and we have been pulling 10 minute 30 second miles - so we will probably be seeing you again in about 53 minutes".

 

Miles per hour chart- shows how many minutes or hours it will take to get to each aid station. The line next to Aid station that says, 5.5, 10.8, etc is what mile it is in the race. Match that up to the pace listed on the top of the chart to see how long it takes to get to each aid station at these paces

Miles per hour chart- shows how many minutes or hours it will take to get to each aid station.

The line next to Aid station that says, 5.5, 10.8, etc is what mile it is in the race.

Match that up to the pace listed on the top of the chart to see how long it takes to get to each aid station at these paces


Another little fact about me -   I am horribly shy in my real life - but for some reason - trail runners bring out the extrovert in me. I think it has something to do with how nice you all have treated me since I started running.  So - if you are the type of person that gets irritated by those happy people - I apologize in advance, but I doubt I can stop myself.  

 

Ultra Virgin

Ultra time...

Technically - I tried my first ultra run on Jan 11, 2014 - when I ran the Frozen Gnome 50k for the first time.  I had signed up to set a goal for myself to run all winter.  

I managed to get 30k (a little over 18 miles) done - and had to tap out - that Gnome kicked my butt!  

The all winter training however is what got me my sub 4 hour marathon in 2014. By the end of 2014, I was trying to determine which way I wanted to go - faster or farther..
in stepped my cousin's wife - Debi - who took me down the roads less traveled.  
She talked me into signing up for the Ice Age 50 mile trail run in 2015.  We also decided to run the Earth Day 50k - as a training run for that.  


Having never run further than 26.2 miles, and never run trails - I was signed up to do 2 trail ultras in 4 weeks (oh - and I had a marathon in between).  LOL.
Debi and I finished Earth Day together - and with that finish - I was an "UltraVirgin" no longer. That felt great.  
Then 3 weeks later - we ran 50 miles on the Ice Age trail - we had a blast - finished together again - and we both had gotten our first 50 miler done.

But - after that run - something weird happened to me.  After most runs - I was burned out - had used up most everything I had.  Somehow after Ice Age - I felt okay.
I normally won't eat anything after a run, except maybe a banana.  After this run - I went and got a couple of beers.  I felt great.  Like I had more in me..... 
Hmmmm.... I had told my wife on many occassions - I think this will just be a One and Done - deal.  I just want to try...
I think she has learned not to believe me.  

I decided that day - that I was going to sign up for the Hennepin 100.  Not only was it 100 miles - but unlike the last 2 Ultras - this one was flat.

Now - here is where I am an oddball, I like to run long flat straightaways.  I like to see miles and miles in front of me.  Most of my ultra friends
include Debi - have a Pocohauntus "Just Around the Riverbend" mentality.  They want short views - where they don't know whats coming - so they can get there
and find the next adventure.  I like to see a point miles off - and realize that I will be there in a little bit.  Like I said I am weird.

So - Hennepin was right in my wheelhouse.  

Tune in for more next week....

Earth Day 50k, Crystal Lake, IL