It’s been no surprise to me that people are curious about Badwater – and even more curious about how one even begins to train for it. There’s certainly not the wealth of “couch to Badwater” training programs that there are for the 5K, 10K, and half marathon distances; even my non-runner friends who are able to get their heads around 100-milers have been stymied anew by this latest adventure of mine. Extra miles, extra hills, extra heat – well, extra everything. Which, it turns out, is a pretty accurate description of my training – extra everything.
The elephant in the room: how much time is this taking? Two to five hours on weekdays, longer on the weekends. I break it up between early morning and evening sessions. I am lucky and grateful to have two fantastic employers and a flexible work schedule. I am blessed beyond measure to have a husband who supports me, puts up with this, and above all else, inspired me with his own Badwater completion in 2013 – on his 50th birthday, no less.
To my mind, there are four critical components of training: distance, hills, heat and mental acuity/sleep deprivation. A focus on those disciplines alone is immensely time-consuming and still omits two very real wild cards: wind and altitude. Here’s an insider’s look at what I’ve been doing – and why. Read more >>