Run Tips From Ironman’s Top Age Grouper

The fastest amateur from Kona 2014 shares his tips for the run.

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The fastest amateur from Kona 2014 shares his tips for the run.

American Daniel Stubleski, 39, raced his way to an 8:50:22 at the Ironman World Championship last year, making him the fastest overall amateur. Finishing off a 1:03 swim and 4:43 bike split with a 2:58 marathon is an impressive feat that clearly takes dedication. Here’s what Stubelski had to say about his run training.


“I do runs off the bike 5–7 days a week. [And I log] 50-80 miles a week. Most of those are treadmill miles.”

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Training Structure

“My plan is to run everyday. If I feel good and have the time I will do a long run. If I don’t have a lot of time then my run will be shorter. Sometimes I leave planning on a long run and get out there and I am just not feeling it so it becomes a shorter run! Some days I am just tired or don’t have the time and those days I don’t run at all, although I don’t have too many of those kind of days.”

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Reason For Success

“I would have to say my work ethic and my ability to stay focused on what I want to achieve. I know that if I want to race at the level that I’m at I need to work at it every day, even if I might not be feeling it. My focus is the same in the race too—I’m not stopping until I cross the line!”

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Advice For Age Groupers

“Don’t take off blazing because you will burn yourself out and have nothing left to get you through to the end. Hydration and nutrition of course are important too.”

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