Sunday, August 14, 2011

I am Slightly Above Average

I am above least compared to the old Chris of the last 10 years (or is that the younger Chris?).  I just completed my 11th Howl at the Moon 8-Hour race. My average for the past 10 years has been 42.6 miles.  Yesterday I ran 43.77 miles.  Slightly above average!  Sweet.  It was good enough for 19th place overall (out of almost 300 runners) and 2nd in my age group (40-49 year old males). That's above average too.

UPDATE: Full results posted here.

I think the Maffetone/Van Aaken heart rate training worked well.  I was rested, but well-trained.  Even with the intense sun and fairly warm temps (high of 85, dew point 67), I was able to run steadily with a low heart rate. My heart rate average was 138, with a high of 154. Didn't eat much either--must have been in a good fat-burning zone.

Here are my updated statistics after the 2011 event:

Total Races: 11
Low: 33.9 miles (2010)
High: 47.06 miles (2006, 2008)
Total Miles: 469.85
Average Miles: 42.7
Best Placing: 12th (2005)
Worst Placing: 99th (2010)

Every year it becomes harder to sustain a strong effort.  Age takes it's toll...but not this year!  I'll be back next year to try for that mystical 50 miles in 8 hours.  Next year if I can manage 50K (31 miles), I'll also break 500 total "Howl miles."

NOTE: Photos courtesy of fellow buffalo runner Brian Kuhn.  Thanks Brian!  Interesting how tired one looks after going for 8 hours (photo at right is at the 7:57 mark).  I think the photo at the top has me looking fresher--must have been after only 4 hours of running.


ed said...

Congrats on the nice run & 11th finish! I knew you were sandbagging on that 30th place stuff.

Chris said...

It wasn't 11th place, but 19th place. Still pretty darn good! I'm happy.

Mike Matteson said...

Congratulations on the finish. I need to put that race on my list. Looks like your training is going well

Chris said...


Yep, training is coming together. I'll be at Farmdale in Oct (and Evergreen Lake 50K in Sept).

Howl is a great race every year.