SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) – A southern Indiana woman now holds a world and American record for her long-distance running.
On August 6, Traci Falbo set records for the longest distance run in 48 hours when she hit 242 miles at Six Days Under the Dome in Anchorage, Alaska. That beat the previous American record by seven miles and at the same time set the world record for an indoor surface.
"I had always thought the coolest thing I could do in running would be to set an American record," she said. "That's a super high-reaching goal, but I thought if I could do one thing in running, that would be awesome. I had never thought I'd hold a world record. I thought that would be crazy town."
Falbo is a wife, a mother of two teenagers and holds down a full time job. She said she trained whenever she could. "I generally run five days a week. I don't run Mondays and Fridays."
It's all the more impressive because of where she's was 11 years ago. "I was overweight in '03 and decided I needed to lose weight. So I started running and eating better, ended up losing about 80 pounds."
Falbo says her attempt at the record books was a one-time thing. She made a bargain with her husband that she would only go for the 48-hour run one time.
She said he threw his support behind her. "You have to stop and go to the bathroom but my husband was there crewing me and basically what he does as a crew is gives me food and drink, so when I'd run by, he'd hand me food every half an hour. On occasion, I'd have to walk or change shoes or change socks, do things like that, but you ultimately try to keep going as best you can."
She said she only slept on the second day, on an air mattress just off the track, for a total of 40 minutes.
"The lesson, if there is one, is that you can do anything that you set your mind to if you work hard enough and you're driven enough," she said.
Falbo is now moving on to other goals - running a marathon in less than three hours and running 100 miles in less than 15. To follow her running adventures, you can read her blog by clicking here.