Charlie Summers from Rapid City, SD (Male)
Age on race day: 72
2007 Lean Horse 50 Mile Ultramarathon - Hot Springs, SD
This was my 3rd ultramarathon and I finished in 13:15:00.
I consider myself an advanced runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run an ultramarathon because I wanted to run a 50 mile race after turning 70 as I ran two as a "kid" of 60.
I trained for 6 months following a training plan of my own and not a written or recommended program. It is the same program I have used for the two previous 50 mile races. During my training I averaged 50-60 miles per week.
The best advice I received came from my spouse/registered nurse/runner/best friend, Jackie, who kept me eating well but correctly, and good drinking and eating while running is also a must. The worst advise I received was that I had to run 80 miles a week or you are not going to make it. I would not have made it if I had overtrained.
The 2007 Lean Horse 50 mile Ultramarathon was not quite what I expected. The course was a change from the last year as I ran the 50K which was all on the Mickelson Trail, and this course was new. The road was a bit hard on the feet. My time was disappointing as I wanted to do better but I had a severe foot blister problem. I had a problem with my orthotics (can't run without them) and got two "MAN SIZE" blisters on the balls of both feet and they broke at about 30 miles. The last 20 miles were slow and painful to say the least. I knew I would finish but might not if Jackie had not pushed me to keep going. The finish was worth it.
My recovery wasn't too bad. My doctor gave me some stick-on new skin for my feet and I was much better and could walk. I rested Sunday and had to fly on Monday which was no problem.
Running Gear Recommendations:
Mizuno Wave Rider Running Shoes I wear only Mizuno Wave Rider shoe which are very comfortable and did not cause the blisters. They do wear out on rough surfaces such as the gravel road that was part of the race course. I completely removed the tread on two pair in training for this race. Search » Search on Amazon »
You are never too old to do anything your mind can imagine you can. Don't sit down and think about it; just get up and start moving forward and you won't have to worry about finishing. The time isn't as important as doing something you want to do. I hope to run at least a 50 miler at 80.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to run ultramarathons. I have already fixed my orthotic problem and am ready to go and finish with blisters.