I read recently an interesting article The Split Long Run by Mario Fraioli. The benefits of splitting up your longest run into shorter segments could be for instance:
- reduced injury and overtraining risk
- higher intensity and energy levels during exercise
- more convenient to schedule around your busy daily life
- easier to manage gear, nutrition and logistics
- possibly better motivation and more fun.
The idea of an self-supported solo 50-hour/50-kilometer event occurred to me. Without further ado, I decided to try it this week in Helsinki Central Park. The weather was sunny and extremely nice.
I started my first run on Monday 2pm. It was an easy slow 13km trail run.
That was followed by a brisk 15km fartlek early Tuesday morning.
In the afternoon I added a 7K tempo run. And another one around midnight under starry skies.
I used La Sportiva Bushidos for these two runs. Then on Wednesday I changed back to my trusty Hoka One One Stinsons.
I ran a 7K in the morning with a heavy-ish backpack. Finally I ran a rocky and hilly 6K in the afternoon, finishing at 4pm - exactly 50 hours after the start.
My total distance was 53.6km according to Movescount. Strava generously gave me one km more.
50h/50K felt like a fun concept. I'll probably do it again. Or maybe 100h/100K? Or 100 miles in 100 hours. The possibilities are endless. :)