Whitby, Ont.’s Viktoria Brown has conquered the multi-day racing scene, and she or he simply retains getting higher. Brown ran a whopping 747 kilometres on the EMU 6-day Race in Hungary, besting her earlier Canadian 6-day report of 736 km. Runners competed on an 898.88 metre-long licensed highway loop that was 100 per cent asphalt.
Brown is well-known for her many multi-day data, and for just lately competing at Badwater 135, the scorching extremely in Demise Valley, Calif., the place she completed fourth.
She holds the 48h Canadian report (363 km), and the 72-hour Canadian report (471 km), and was the proprietor of the 72h WR, just lately bested by Danish athlete Stine Rex. She entered EMU having skilled minimally, and have become in poor health with salmonella poisoning partway via the occasion.”My aim at this race was to hit 800 kilometres,” Brown informed Canadian Operating.
“Solely three ladies have ever finished that, and I consider that with out the salmonella poisoning, I might have hit it,” she stated. “I solely ran 56 km on day 5, whereas I ran 110+ km on all different days, together with 151 km on day six.”
Ultras are sometimes a check in troubleshooting, and that is solely magnified by multi-day racing.”Vomiting began at midday on Monday (the beginning of day 5) and went on all day till I went down for sleep round 10 pm,” Brown stated. “I acquired up at 3:30 am, was again on the course at 4 a.m., and ran straight till the race ended, 32 hours later.” Brown says she was extraordinarily fortunate to have a medical physician on her crew, whom she credit with bringing her again from sickness.
To fight the salmonella, Brown slept for six and a half hours to reset her physique.”I wasn’t throwing up anymore, though my physique was fully empty and I nonetheless had diarrhea,” she stated. “However that meant that five-10 per cent of the consumption was absorbed, so we might slowly begin to refuel.” Brown needed to stroll till late afternoon on Tuesday, each as a result of her physique was recovering and resulting from intense warmth throughout the daytime.”By late afternoon I used to be capable of begin jogging, then working, after which even working comparatively quick by the top.”
Brown says she felt she was unable to coach for this race, however her glorious base health proved to be sufficient. “After the 48h World Championship in August (that I gained) I had some slight ache below my proper knee, so I might solely do minimal coaching,” she explains.”By the point the harm healed, I caught a chilly, so then I couldn’t practice in any respect. Perhaps being extra rested for this race helped greater than the coaching would have,” stated Brown.
Put up-race, Brown says it’s arduous to compensate for sleep, however she has a stunning lack of soreness and no blisters.”My physique is in nice form, however my thoughts will want some severe restoration,” the runner stated. “These races are extraordinarily demanding mentally.” Brown will compete subsequent on the Kona Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October, and later on the 24-hour world championship with Crew Canada in Taiwan.