155,080 kilometers in 12 hours on a treadmill
Iván Penalba López is an ultra-long distance runner born in Alfafar (Valencia) specialized in long-distance road and track races, specifically in the 12 and 24-hour distances, where he has repeatedly managed to break the records of Spain in different locations ( South Africa, Germany, Spain and Taiwan).
Although his mastery of the specialty is overwhelming, he has never been an interior runner, hardly using the treadmill for stress tests or very specific situations according to his condition as a top athlete.
He had never entered his plans to run an ultra distance on cover. In fact, just the day before the decree of the state of alarm by the covid-19, Iván was due in the 100 kilometers of Belgrade with the best personal mark included with a time of 6:58:17.
However, his spirit of self-improvement and the impossibility of doing any type of training outside his home forced him to completely change his routine of kilometers and strengthening sessions.
After a few days of adaptation and seeing that his body adapted correctly to a hard surface such as the treadmill, he decided with his coach Fabián Campanini to search for a personal brand in the 12-hour distance at his own home.
To date Iván had a better road record of 155,533 km in Lebach (Germany) and that was his goal, trying to match or exceed this brand, which would lead him, in principle, to improve the brands recognized as “world record” by different organizations (147.3 km from Australian Matthew Eckford, 152.50 km from Vino Intini or Dave Proctor’s 153.8 km).
Despite the complications of the state of alarm, Iván could count on the support of his main sponsor (42k Running) and the treadmills provided by Decathlon Aldaia (Valencia). In fact, two units of the same model were available at his home in case the main treadmill was not able to withstand the entire 12 hours without interruption.
The test, which started at 09.05 am, was broadcast live through the Facebook channel of its athletics club, CD Metaesport Riba-Roja de Turia and was attended by its technical director, Antonio Montoya, and the head of communication David Gómez.
Iván Penalba’s statistics in the 12 hours on tape:
1 hour: 14,13 kilometers
2 hours: 28.11 kilometers
3 hours: 42.18 kilometers
4 hours: 56.25 kilometers
5 hours: 70.29 kilometers
6 hours: 83.74 kilometers
7 hours: 96.13 kilometers
8 hours: 108 kilometers
9 hours: 119 kilometers
10 hours: 131 kilometers
11 hours: 143 kilometers
12 hours: 155, 080 kilometers By distance (approximate):
50 kilometers: 3:33:00
100 kilometers: 7:17:00
150 kilometers: 11:42:00