Ulli the Walker from Littleton, CO (Male)
Occupation: Project Control Manager
Age on race day: 60
2007 Lean Horse 100 Mile Ultramarathon - Hot Springs, SD
This was my 227th ultramarathon and I finished in 28:44:00.
I consider myself an experienced walker and I primarily walk for the physical and mental challenge. I decided to walk this particular race because I had finished the Lean Horse 100 twice. As I liked this well organized event, I came back. And I'll be there again in 2008. Lean Horse is a perfect race for a strong walker to finish a 100 miler.
I didn't follow a specific training program to get ready for this race, but I am continuously hiking and climbing mountains with my wife. Plus every ultra is training for the next one.
The best advice I would share with others is to give your body and mind enough rest between races.
The 2007 Lean Horse 100 Mile Ultramarathon was better than expected. The new course section (first and last 16 miles) were an improvement to an already good race. Wonderful aid stations with fantastic volunteers, no course finding problems, good footing, and perfect weather. I liked and enjoyed it!
I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I took an Epsom salt bath directly after the race, caught up with minerals, etc., and ate a lot (usually I lose 2-3 pounds during the race) for a week or so.
Running Gear Recommendations:
Wind pants with a full zip (e.g. Sporthill) It just takes a few seconds to put them on or take them off. Search » Search on Amazon »
Plastic Rain Coats Plastic rain coats for $1 (camping dept. of big stores) keep you dry better than "sophisticated" jackets -- in case it rains for many hours. Search on Amazon »
Tips/Words of Encouragement:
Just keep going, never give up. Always listen to your body. Take care of minor issues before they become problems. When you think you can't go any further, you are just halfway of the distance you can actually go.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to walk ultramarathons. I finished my first ultra in 1966, my first 100 miler in 1968. I have never been seriously injured. So why should I stop now?
Seven weeks after Lean Horse I did my next 100 miler, the Boulder 100. I brought 8 rain coats (those for $1 each), 2 down jackets...so it always depends on the race, weather, etc.. For the Lean Horse 100 in 2008, I will not do much differently, except adjust to weather if necessary.