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.
Photo from the No Limits Athlete Tracker and Fundraising page
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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