Hi, my name is Andrew Readinger, I've been affectionately nicknamed "Red" since high school. I've always been an adventurer and experience seeker, so ultra-running fits nicely into this category. I'm absolutely a masochist who finds that challenges test who I am as a person from the inside out.
I’m a self-proclaimed “weekend warrior” who has amassed 96 marathon and ultra-marathon finishes in just over 8 years. I began running on a dare from a college roommate, and fell in love with the challenge and the hurt that I felt before/during/after. This hurt was a feeling of pride that I used my body to do something unthinkable. I'm not a speed demon but purely an endurance “slow and steady” runner who finds significant joy in crossing the finish line and being able to hush the voice in my head that wonders if I can do it. My first marathon was dedicated to my late step mother, Julie who passed of breast cancer in 2006, this marathon was near her hometown and fell the day after her would be 48th birthday. Lots of emotion from the training to the actual race on Aug 10th 2006. After that first marathon, I knew I’d be signing up for more…
Two weekends ago, I planned a work trip up Kansas to run a 50 mile trail marathon, I chose this 50 miler for two reason. First, because I am running the Arkansas Traveler 100 mile trail run on Oct 4th, and needed a training run to get me ready. Secondly, because there was a marathon race two days before the 50 miler in Olathe, KS. Yes, a 26.2 mile ‘training’ run 2 days before a 50 mile trail ‘training’ run. That is basically how I look at every marathon or ultra I sign up for... It’s another long run that is going to get me in condition for the ‘next’ run (race). Recovery wasn’t really in my vocabulary, until about a year ago. I’d push through pain and would be sore but could finish a race soon after I had run a race, even on back to back days.
This is where Recovery Pump has come in to really give me and my body a chance to recover. I use my recovery boots every time after a marathon (or beyond) and almost every day, going on over a year now. It allows me to feel fresh and more rested for these subsequent race events when I am piling on the mileage. After marathons/ultra-events the last thing I want to do is move and moving is the only way to remove the “rust” that sets in your body after constant running for 4 or 8 or even 24+ hours. The Recovery Pump is a pneumatic compression device that is meant to move fluid and “rust” from your muscles. It works and works well. I’m not only a user and frequent one at that; but after year of use I decide to join in the revolution even more. I am now the South Central Sales Rep for the company. It was my great pleasure to be part of such an innovative and cutting edge recovery tool that is being used all over the world.
Going into this running weekend in KS, I was able to train pretty well averaging 25-35 miles a week for a couple months. The game plan was to run the Patriots Run 26.2- nice and easy to minimize the effort and hurt that ensued. Finished this marathon in 4:40 (which is average to slow)... I’d say nice and easy, but there was definite soreness! This is where Recovery Pump steps in and gets my legs back into a state of normalcy… I used the Recovery Pump for about 1.5 hours that evening and my legs felt way better. Then mix in a day on the job driving 4 hours to give a demo to the K-State athletic training staff and then meeting with the KC Chiefs made for sore legs. At 5pm I was off to check in for the Hawk’s 50 mile Trail Marathon in Lawrence, KS. Trail marathons are great, laid back, non-existent to minimal mile markers, tons of obstacles – (hills/rocks/roots), aid stations filled with lots of snacks and good people. The races are typically smaller, so you do have to deal with solitude at times but one of the greatest times to be in the moment and enjoy the day.
Pretty typical pre-race meetings: be sure to follow orange tape and white markers on trees, also be sure to carry enough water. Check, easy peasy. The race organizers had a great dinner spread (I definitely recommend this race) then I was off to pitch my tent and get my Recovery Pump on! The RPX which is Recovery Pump’s newest pump that has a battery was perfect for me to use while camping at the start/finish line of the Hawk 50 Miler! (See pic below)
The race on Saturday went off without a hitch, had a strong day and ended up finishing in 2nd overall place with a time of 8:19:59. Kudos to the race director, volunteers and Recovery Pump! Definitely sore legs but it’s great to have the Recovery Pump on my side!
Thanks for reading, wish me luck on my next adventure – Arkansas Traveler 100 mile!