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Zach Miller -- very fast JFK50 (Read 70 times)


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    Third fastest in history

     

    http://goo.gl/jVJCSd

      Amazing run!

      Now there are two fantastic 50 mile performances this November.  (and both named Zach..????)

      http://www.chicagoultra.org/results/data/Chicago%20Lakefront%2050-50%2050m%20Results%202013.htm


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        I'm back!

          Wow, very impressive. And we can add to that Pam Smith's amazing 50 last month.


          Imminent Catastrophe

            But. sadly, he didn't qualify for WS100.

            "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

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            "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

             

            √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

            Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

            Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014

              My first time at the race... Zach was long gone by the time I hit the finish. :-)

               

              A question:  What is "Ideal" running weather?  -- Temps on this day were about 48, then dropping, and headwinds picking up as the race progressed, but not as strong as I feared they would be.   For me, had the headwind been 0, or been a tailwind, that would have been more optimal of course, but the temp just about perfect in my opinion.   But what do most runners consider "ideal" on temps?

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              TripleBock


                Temps - Depends on the runner

                 

                One of my best races ever - 24 hours .... rained moderately 12 hours.  Temps mid 40s to low 50s.  1/3 the filed dropped our from hypothermia ... ideal conditions for me.

                 

                I do feel the for shorter races - 50 mile, that mid 40s - low 50s is ideal as long as you are moving pretty quickly = under 8 hours for 50.

                 

                 

                My first time at the race... Zach was long gone by the time I hit the finish. :-)

                 

                A question:  What is "Ideal" running weather?  -- Temps on this day were about 48, then dropping, and headwinds picking up as the race progressed, but not as strong as I feared they would be.   For me, had the headwind been 0, or been a tailwind, that would have been more optimal of course, but the temp just about perfect in my opinion.   But what do most runners consider "ideal" on temps?

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                Spring- wishful thinking

                  My first time at the race... Zach was long gone by the time I hit the finish. :-)

                   

                  A question:  What is "Ideal" running weather?  -- Temps on this day were about 48, then dropping, and headwinds picking up as the race progressed, but not as strong as I feared they would be.   For me, had the headwind been 0, or been a tailwind, that would have been more optimal of course, but the temp just about perfect in my opinion.   But what do most runners consider "ideal" on temps?

                   

                  I think it depends on the length of the race.  I ran two 50ks with temps from 11 degrees to 23 degrees last winter.  Neither race seemed too cold and I didn't have to wear more than two thin layers for either race.  I would take 10 degrees over 60 degrees as long as it is not really windy.  But if I could pick a perfect temperature range, I would say between 40-50 degrees.

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                    My first time at the race... Zach was long gone by the time I hit the finish. :-)

                     

                    A question:  What is "Ideal" running weather?  -- Temps on this day were about 48, then dropping, and headwinds picking up as the race progressed, but not as strong as I feared they would be.   For me, had the headwind been 0, or been a tailwind, that would have been more optimal of course, but the temp just about perfect in my opinion.   But what do most runners consider "ideal" on temps?

                     

                    That 48 degrees on Saturday was at one o'clock in the morning. It was 33 at the start and only got to 41 or 42 before dropping again. And of course the wind kinda sucked.

                     

                    In a shorter race I think these temps would be pretty ideal, but for 50 miles, I'd have rather had a little bit warmer temps - maybe upper 40s to low 50s. Since I'm running at a slower pace for 50 miles than I'd be running for something shorter, I don't get and stay as warm, plus I'm out there a lot longer.

                     

                    Of course, I'm saying this as a mere mortal that took almost 10 hours to finish, I can't really say what ideal running weather would be for someone that can run this in 5 and change.

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                      That 48 degrees on Saturday was at one o'clock in the morning. It was 33 at the start and only got to 41 or 42 before dropping again. And of course the wind kinda sucked.

                       

                      In a shorter race I think these temps would be pretty ideal, but for 50 miles, I'd have rather had a little bit warmer temps - maybe upper 40s to low 50s. Since I'm running at a slower pace for 50 miles than I'd be running for something shorter, I don't get and stay as warm, plus I'm out there a lot longer.

                       

                      Of course, I'm saying this as a mere mortal that took almost 10 hours to finish, I can't really say what ideal running weather would be for someone that can run this in 5 and change.

                       

                      You are correct,  I way overstated the temp at 48.  --- Like you, I am a mere mortal, actually I took over 11 hours to finish.  (Tendons on the top of my foot began to swell and hurt by mile 7 after some missteps and abuse on the Appalachian portion, so with each step hurting I just took it easy to the finish.)  Brisk winds, dropping temps, flurries in the air 30 minutes post race, not ideal, but I'm glad at my slow pace I did not get cold or hypothermic.

                       

                      ---For the folks like Zach and others who can finish the 50 in 5 and change, I'd love to see how they conquer that Appalachian trial portion and see just how fast they are going across those rocks and down the switchbacks.

                      The Plan (big parts)→  /// April:  Hampton, VA 24 Hour Run for Cancer  ///   May:  3 Days at the Fair (12 Hour)  ///  Nov:  New York Marathon (Staying at the Waldorf Astoria, its a "Bucket List" thing.  Can someone loan me some Zamunda money to help pay for it?)   ∞

                      Gator eye


                        I wonder how much speed I would pick up by changing my first name to Zach? hum

                        5/10/14 Armada Marathon

                        6/7/14 Yankee Springs Trail Run double marathon

                        8/16/14 Marquette Trail 50m

                        9/5/14 Woodstock Hallucination 100m


                        Not A Runner

                          I wonder how much speed I would pick up by changing my first name to Zach? hum

                           

                          Yeah. Don't leave Gingerich out of that mix. That name=ultra speed.

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                          Fat butt on couch

                            that puts him in good company,  considering that the two times faster than him are two of the better examples of legitimately speedy road marathoners making successful transitions to ultras.

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