jesseriley wrote: Another edition recently ended with 7 of 8 finishing. I usually google 3100 mile race.
Once I was one of them. It’s still very touching to read the reports. One guy did 89 miles in a day & the course is only open 18 hours & in the middle of such a constant grind, that’s massive.
Congrats to one & all, but especially the organizers. Someday they will wonder if it really happened.
It was a banner year for finishers. A lower number of competitors than usual, but high number of finishers. Some outstanding performances. The sole non-finisher was battling terrible shin splints hobbling around the course for 3.5 weeks with his toes in a sling, and he still nearly ran 2800 miles.
The 89 mile fellow is the sole runner other than Aalto to toe the line 15 times (though he's only finished a fraction of them). Of the group he has unquestionably the best leg speed, but he often pays for it recovering for a few days. So as concerns what a fast runner could do, he is an example what would happen certainly to some of them. They might be able to produce a big mileage day, but then spend days recovering, swinging like a pendulum and ultimately a lot worse off than someone who can produce steady quality mileage.