May 5, 2013

Running: One doesn't run coast to coast without a reason


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Alison "Ace" Bradley

"One key is to make sure I get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Apart from that, I'll just be running (10-12 minute miles) and eating the whole time."

Eating amounts to a minimum of 6,000 calories a day, including jelly beans (not the fancy made-for-runners kind, just workaday Hannaford beans, favorite color blue). She's also got a "huge" playlist of music and a collection of language-learning lessons, and help from sponsors including Brooks (shoes), Maine Running Co. and Juice Plus+ recovery fuel.

If all goes for the best, Bradley will, as she hopes, break South African Mavis Hutchison's Guinness Book female record for this particular across-the-U.S. run. In 1978, "Galloping Granny" Hutchison, then 53, took 69 days, 2 hours and 40 minutes. Bradley's planned 57-day trip gives her a little wiggle room.

Although it's allowable to begin at either point, Bradley thinks a New York start better for her. "The Rockies will be the hardest part. ... And then I'll be running to the beach."

AS OF MIDWEEK, the Sea Dogs Mother's Day 5K in Portland next Sunday was almost at 2,600 entrants (plus 400 in the kids run) -- well on the way to hitting the cap of 3,000, which it did last year the day before the race, RD Howard Spear informs.

In the wake of the Boston barbarity, there will be new security measures: "Anyone carrying a bag and/or backpack will be searched before entering the stadium," and because of the post-start crowd rush into Hadlock, spectators are asked to leave backpacks in their cars.

No starting cannon will be fired at the Mother's Day or Father's Day 5K or at the Maine Marathon. "I would imagine the other Maine Track Club races will follow," Spear commented.

John Rolfe of Portland is a road runner. He can be reached at 791-6429 or at:


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