Will Two Treadmill World Records Go Down On Jan 29?

It’s that time of year when runners complain about winter weather forcing them to run on the treadmill – otherwise known as the dreadmill to some. But your hour-long training run will seem like a piece of cake when you hear what one local runner is attempting at the end of this month.

On January 29, Dave Jesse – MKE runner and endurance coach – is making an attempt to take down two treadmill world records. Starting at 6am at the Princeton Club in New Berlin, he will start on a treadmill adventure that is expected to last til 7:44pm-ish.

Below, Dave tells us a bit about the records he is chasing and how he is training his way to the record books!

What records are you chasing during the event on the 29th?

There are actually two records that I will be “chasing”. The first is the farthest distance covered on a treadmill in 12 hours, which is currently at 89.36 miles. After that, I will continue running and try to reach 100 miles to set the fastest 100 mile run on a treadmill, currently at 13 hours 44 minutes and 42 seconds.

How did you decide to take a crack at these records?

A friend posted a link on my Facebook page and said that he could see me doing this and that I should. Maybe I should stop listening to that friend!!!

What’s the longest time and distance you’ve run on the treadmill?

Currently my longest run on a treadmill is 5 hours. I hope to get up to 6.5 hours before the attempt.

How have you been training for this attempt?

I have been basing my runs around a time commitment instead of a mileage commitment. Most of my training has been on the treadmill. The other key component is nutrition. For a longer event such as this, your success can hinge on nutrition so I have been practicing that as well.

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Have you decided on a running strategy to help you break these records? If so, what is it?

Great question! My crew and I have discussed this very topic and have tried various formats. As of now, the plan is to break the time into 60 minute “segments” with the first 15 minutes of each segment to be done at a consistent pace. After that the plan currently is to take the speed up by .5 mph for one minute every 10 to 15 minutes. Hydration will happen every 10 minutes and I will have “real” food as needed.

A lot of people say they get bored when running on the treadmill. How will you stay focused?

For me, what works on the training runs is to be doing something every 10 minutes (or less). This can be as simple as taking a drink or increasing the pace for a predetermined amount of time or even going up on the incline as well. Doing this allows me to focus on the 10 minutes that I am currently in while looking forward to the “change” that is upcoming.

Are there any rules you need to follow for your record attempt?

All kinds! First, and most important, is that I personally cannot touch the treadmill as I am running. I will have someone standing by to increase pace or whatever needs to be done. Also, I cannot be off the treadmill if the belt is moving. If for any reason I need to leave the treadmill the belt must be stopped. The 12 hours is continuous so I can stop and use the restroom, if needed, but the event time does not stop.

In addition, I need to provide as evidence witness statements, documentation of milestones (10 miles, 26.2, 50K, 50 miles, 75 miles), a general log as to what has happened during the event, as well as a video capturing the entirety of the event (the complete treadmill must be seen in the video the entire time, so the camera will be in a “fixed” position”).

Tell us about the fundraising aspect. Who will this event benefit? Why is this cause important to you? How can people contribute?

Last year I started raising funds for the awareness of ALS and plan to continue to do that this year as well. However there is an instructor at the gym where I train who was diagnosed with cancer. When I found out, I remembered what a good friend once said a few years back. “Don’t fly over a mission to get to a mission”. Those words ring true for me for this event. More can be found about the fundraising efforts on my athlete Facebook page or at the following link: www.gofundme.com/christiandiompy

Any other comments?

Just a special thank you to those that are helping me, not only on the day of event, but through the training process as well. These are some very special people.

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Dave, and best of luck on the 29th!

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Let’s Get to Know … Dave Jesse!

If you race in Milwaukee, chances are you’ve crossed paths with Dave Jesse at some point. He races everything from 5ks to marathons to ultras! In fact, this weekend, he is taking on the T-Bunk 200 mile race!

Below, he tells us how he got into running, what he does during a typical training week and how he gets through the rough patches during a race.










Age: 46
Years running: 46 (I have 4 older brothers, survival tactics!)
Favorite race distance: Do I have to choose? Currently LOVING ultras!
Pre-race routine: Typically an easy jog about an hour prior to start, then another with some sprinting about 30mins prior to start
Favorite post-race treat: McREALcoke! And cheeseburgers!
Racing shoes of choice: Currently the NIKE Lunar Tempo
Best place to run in MKE: Pettit Center, otherwise I typically run in the Muskego area


How did you get started with running and what’s kept you running over the years?
When I was in 8th grade, I noticed there was a meeting for the cross country team the following year (going into 9th grade and high school). Noticed my 4th grade gym teacher was the coach so thought I would listen. Ended up running cross country instead of playing football.

I actually ran some in the military and then coached cross country and track at West Allis Nathan Hale from 1990 – 1996 as well as running 5Ks up to the marathon along the way. After running my second marathon, I didn’t have that forward goal for afterward and my running stopped. I went on to do some powerlifting and then some handball before returning to endurance sports in 2007. I’ve learned what keeps me going is not only setting the schedule at least a year in advance but also watching others meet and exceed their goals; it’s very motivating and inspiring for me!

What does a typical training week look like for you?
Mon – Strength session followed by easy 6-10 miles
Tue – (morning) Hill repeats, 8-10 miles total, (afternoon/evening) comfy 6-8 miles
Wed – mid distance, 12-14 miles
Thu – (morning) Strength session followed by speedwork, (afternoon/evening) comfy 8-10 miles
Fri – (morning) comfy 10 miles, (afternoon/evening) comfy 10 miles
Sat – Long distance day, longest this training cycle has been 46 miles, trails
Sun – (optional, heavily suggested!) anywhere from 12 – 27 miles, trails. If not running, then this is my off day!

What workout lets you know you’re ready to race?
I like to test myself about 4-6 weeks out from a main race with a half marathon. I feel that is a GREAT distance to judge where you are at.

We’ve seen you race everything from 5ks to marathons to triathlons to ultras. How do you train for such different events?
One of my training partners said it best so I will quote him: “I feel that the half marathon is the perfect distance and if you are in shape to run a half then you are either in shape or close to being in shape for just about any race.” This hit home with me and is now the basis for my training. (Thanks Other!)

Your next race is the T-Bunk 200 miler. Can you tell us why you decided to do this race? How did you train to be ready to tackle 200 miles? And what is the longest distance you’ve raced prior to this one?
After completing Ironman Wisconsin in 2014, I knew I was done with Ironmans and quite possibly triathlons in general. I wasn’t sure what was “next”. I was looking at a friend’s Facebook page and saw some posts about when he completed the 200. After reading some of the posts and his report, well, that sealed the deal!

How do you find the strength to push through the tough moments during a race?
There is a lot of trust and belief going on there! Trusting and believing that the training has been sufficient and in the long events trusting the people that are there to help me. Without them I would not have had some of the success that I have had. They are with me in spirit every time.


Can you tell us a bit about your coaching business? How did you get into coaching and what makes No Limits Endurance Coaching unique?
It’s nothing “official” or anything like that. I love helping others meet and exceed their perceived limits, and like I’ve said, it’s very inspirational and motivating. That being said, I’ll coach anyone, but they better be ready to work and get after their goals!

I never want coaching to be my full-time job as I always want to enjoy it and not have it be a chore.

What are your favorite Milwaukee races and what do you like about them?
I feel there are a great deal of awesome events here in Southeastern Wisconsin, some of the toughest courses in their categories (i.e., IM Wisconsin, Kettle 100…). Specific to Milwaukee, I would hands down have to say that the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Weekend wins easily. Chris Ponteri and his group do an amazing job year in and year out and besides, what other event out there do you have 95 aid stations in 26 miles????

What are your running goals for the upcoming year?
After the 200 there is nothing left for 2016 except for rest and recovery! Right now the only things I have on the list for 2017 are the Boston Marathon in April and the Fall 50 in October. I will more than likely do one or all of the events again at Icebreaker and then maybe in the summer do a couple of Spartan Stadium races….

Any other comments?
The Milwaukee Running Community has some seriously awesome people!! Thank you for this opportunity, very much appreciated.

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Dave!

Dave is running the T-Bunk 200 miler to help raise money for ALS. If you’d like to contribute to his effort, visit his website: http://web.alsa.org/site/TR/PersonalFund/Wisconsin?px=6991351&pg=personal&fr_id=10068#.VjqK6isms22

If you’re a runner in MKE, we’d love to chat with you. Send us an email at keeprunningmke@gmail.com if you’d like to be featured or know someone who should be featured in an upcoming Let’s Get to Know . . . post.

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