54-year-old James Kalani from Los Gatos California ran and logged the most miles for Run The World Challenge 6 which started July 3 and finished September 10
Run The World Challenge 6 just ended Tuesday September 10. The ten week challenge attracted runners from several countries and miles were logged in 14 countries.
The idea of the challenge, which was started by lifetime runner Bob Anderson, is to run or walk and then log all your miles on the My Best Runs website. Many participants also posted a photo and comments every day like James Kalani and several others in the Runner's Feed.
James Kalani finished first with 1329 miles run and logged over the ten week periiod which started July 3, 2019. 35-year-old Eliud Esinyen from Kenya was second with 1181 miles. 74-year-old Frank Bozanich finished 4th with 773 miles and Rosaline Nyawira from Kenya was first woman with 744 miles.
James started running at birth. "My mother says. I have always run. But due to chronic bronchitis and asthma, as well as numerous allergies, I was limited to how long I could run as a juvenile," James says.
In high school, he would run a sub five minute mile every few days, but couldn't be on the track team because he could not practice daily.
"I started jogging as an adult. When I went back to college as an adult for 15 years, running was a stress relief and a necessity. I would ramp up running from 10 to 20 miles in just a couple of months and would be marathon ready in a few months," James continued.
He ran sub-3 hour marathons at one point.
He has always taken breaks from serious running.
"I do what time, attitude, and my mind and body dictate. I tend to be hard on my body while running. I think I have overcome a lot of those pitfalls however. I know I can't compete and be happy all the time."
"Running makes me happy and to compete takes some joy out of it. I guess that makes me a bit of a soul runner. I just love to run and it's cheaper than therapy."
He set a goal to average 20 miles per day for this challenge. He did not make 20 but how did he average over 130 miles per week?
"Since I work early morning, I am home in the early afternoons. I regulated my diet (that is a huge part). I literally snack a lot. Making sure I am over 5000 calories per day. I started yoga and meditation as a run ritual before and after as well as foam rolling and icing."
"Then I rest for awhile and then I do a shot of Irish whiskey daily to get my blood sugar back up so I could continue to move after a run."
"I used this challenge to push myself to find my threshold in running, something that competitive running can't do for me.
"I now love variations of runs - hills, mountains, trails, and streets. Believe it or not, streets give you a great chance to not become mesmerized during your run. It makes you keep your head on a swivel...
"Since I have never strayed from athletic activities or running, getting to my peak only takes months. It's all about how much you want something and learning how to listen to your body.
So how did your body hold up? "Mid-challenge, I started to have knee issues related to my IT Band... foam rolling, icing, rest, and changing running style got me through it. I am a firm believer in holistic medicine and this time I tried various things...
"CBD oil GREATLY helped with post-run swelling," he says.
You were running on an average of three hours everyday for 70 days. How did you handle your diet?
"I never stopped snacking. I eat one piece of fruit daily at work, a lot of grains, pasta (pasta 4-5 fays per week), spinach... high carbs, relatively low proteins. Not a lot of meat and beans take the place of extra protein. I have found that eating colorful food (not much processed) makes a big difference too.
"Lots of nuts like sunflower, cashews, and almonds. Cheese is also my endurance choice. I take in 4 to 5000 calories daily."
So what do you think about this challenge?
"I love this challenge. This challege over the past year filled a hole or "need" in my life. The older I get, the more I like to test what I am capable of. Posting keeps my mind active on the goal. It's fun to turn on the run gps app, start running, snap a few pictures, and remember the run in detail.. doing that helps me recap runs and select the ones I loved to do again with small changes,
"I changed routes so many times living back in Los Gatos because I had been away from it for 23 years. I was like a kid in a candy store.. I was fueled by memories and locations of my youth. I ran 54 miles from San Francisco (Oyster Point) back to Los Gatos.. It is fun to look back on that... my first 50-miler...as well as my first 40 to Gilroy."
So what are your plans?
"I am getting back to races. I am taking on running for charity again, but with a twist. I have been trying to run with an altitude trainer mask so I can breathe through a mask. The better shape I get in I can also regulate my body temperature under a lycra body suit. Yes, a costume. I am using volunteer running to earn funds for childrens and veterans charities. I am also going to go back to training other runners."
On that note, what advice do you have for others?
"Run with a purpose.. run for fun, and run for the sheer joy of it. Regulate your diet.. take in lots of it.. but stay away from big meals. Stay hydrated. Work on breathing. Elevation variations are VERY important for strength and endurance. Mind the cross training (I run with a 20 pound vest a couple days a week). Calisthenics are your friend. Just keep moving, but know when to stretch, ice, and rest. Yoga and meditation helped me immensely.. make it a serious part of your daily routine (maintain flexibility). Never run on the same side of the road...it can lead to knee problems," says James.
James Kalani is one amazing runner.
posted Tuesday September 10th
by Bob Anderson