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March 11, 2013

She’s going the distance: Charlestown resident to represent U.S. in 24-hour race in the Netherlands



“I stopped some in North Carolina at three little hills on the course. Your perception of hills changes during the 24 hours,” she said.

Falbo is not about to rest on her laurels following the race in the Netherlands. She is planning on running in four 100-mile events — which are different than 24-hours runs — in June, July, August and September.

Sound a bit crazy? Don’t worry, she agrees.

“I can’t deny it,” she said. “When you push your body that hard for that long, you have to be a little altered.”

Others would agree.

“The whole concept ... I have no desire to run a marathon [distance] on Saturday and Sunday and then do a 100-mile race. I can’t wrap my mind around that,” said Kerry Kemmer, manager at Pacers & Racers in New Albany and a former collegiate runner. “You have to do cross-training and be able to cycle and swim and learn when to take breaks from running and when not to. To run 100 miles on a weekend to me is just mind-boggling. 

“The dedication it takes ... it has to be an obsession. She has worked her butt off to get to this point.”

However, despite logging thousands of miles, Falbo has been relatively injury free. She did tear her hamstring two years ago but has bounced back from that injury.

Not only does she praise her physical therapist for getting her back on the road, but also her family — which includes a husband and two children — for their ongoing support. Falbo said her husband works as support crew during her 24-hour and 100-mile runs by providing her running gels, water and shoes. She uses three pair during an ultra run.

Her training regimen is also not for the faint of heart, She runs five days a week — taking Monday and Friday off. She may run 20 miles on Saturday and come back with 30 more on Sunday. Her runs during the week may be shorter. She averages between 60 and 70 miles a week. She logged 2,913 miles in 2012.

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