Women’s transcontinental run record
Posted on December 28 2017
On November 5, 2017, Sandy Villines set the record for the fastest women’s transcontinental run. She ran 57 miles a day for 54 consecutive days.
“In 2009, I became fascinated with ultrarunning. I remember hearing about Pete Kostelnick’s record-breaking transcontinental run and was so inspired that I decided I could do it too. I fell in love with ultrarunning and realized what my body was capable of doing if my mind was silenced. I thought my transcontinental run would be an amazing way to inspire people to never give up and believe in their dreams.
I figured the hardest part of the journey would be dealing with physical pain and mental toughness. This was 100% accurate as it became a challenge to go out every single day and get my miles in. We faced every weather element imaginable from blazing desert heat, to sub-zero temperatures, hailstorms, pouring rain and even a blizzard. The mental challenges were tough. My daily goals became less about a certain number and more of a daily positive view. My crew was so positive and every day one of my crew members wrote a motivational quote on the bathroom mirror. I looked forward to those quotes and often replayed them in my head.
I ate anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 calories a day and the most calories consumed were when we were in elevation. But, eating became a chore. My crew got creative and made tuna slaw, egg mash and fried rice balls. I also ate a lot of mashed potatoes, eggs with mayo, apple sauce, sticks of butter and protein drinks that could have anywhere between 2,000 or 4,000 calories. If we were near a town, a real treat was getting fries and a burger or pizza and ice cream. Sometimes all of the above.” – HOKA fan Sandy Villine from San Jose, CA
Sandy’s favorite shoe is the Arahi.