Francesca Muccini has run—and won–Vol State before but her performance this year at the Lazarus Lake event has been called one of the greatest multi day performances of all time.
In this interview, Francesca–originally from Italy–describes her meticulous training on the roads and the gym and how she focused for a full year on breaking four days to complete the 500km course.
Francesca fought extreme heat, a hard-charging-though-consistent Bob Hearn and ultimately extreme delirium, confusion, and hallucinations to cut nearly 24 hours off her previous best. Described as a “perfect race” by others and something resembling Dante’s Inferno with Bob as a “relentless war machine” by Francesca, this was the strongest ultra performance all year.
Francesca Muccini Episode Notes:
Definitely read this report from Francesca’s crew chief (and course record holder) Greg Armstrong.
Here’s the list of ultramarathon world records for Italy. Toggle away to sort by country, age, distance, etc.
More on Italian runner Marco Olmo.
Gear Reviews with Ben
In this episode, Ben spoke about:
Skechers Go Run Razor Plus Hyper (no public info yet)
Biolite 700 lumen headlamp. Here’s a selection of their headlamps. No mention of the 700 lumen yet.
Coros Apex 2: Here’s DCRainmaker’s info and review.