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July 31st, 2014

“Handling The Mileage” Panel Discussion

With fall marathon season in full swing, join us for a panel discussion all about managing the increase in your mileage. Whether you’ve done zero marathons or a 100 – or are possibly even looking to move up to ultramarathons at some point – hear how a few experienced runners handle the distance, plus everything else that goes into increasing your mileage: nutrition, hydration, self-care, life balance and more.


WHAT: A Panel Discussion on How to Prepare for Mileage Increases – whether you’re training for a marathon or looking to transition to ultra races – featuring a few talented athletes from our community:

  • Tommy Pyon (21-time ultramarathoner, winner of the Great New York Exposition 100M)
  • Sky Canaves (8-time ultramarathoner, first female in the Great New York Exposition 100M)
  • Paul Banel (ultra runner, Customer Service Manager at JackRabbit)
  • Michael Conlon (PT, coach, marathoner & triathlete)

WHEN: Monday, August 18, at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Finish Line Physical Therapy (119 W. 23rd St. #304; punch in 2711 to access the building


With marathon season upon us, most anyone training for a fall race is starting to see the mileage increase each week. Perhaps you’ve even looked ahead on the calendar, seen a 50-60 mile week scheduled and thought, shoot – can I do that?

Or you might fall into a different category: you’ve tackled the 26.2-mile distance (maybe even many times), and you’re looking for a new running challenge. Perhaps the idea of graduating to ultramarathons — defined as any distance over 26.2 miles — is one you’ve considered?

Regardless, for both trajectories, how to manage mileage increases can be an overwhelming thought, and the inevitable questions come up:

  • Aren’t big mileage weeks & ultras just for people who are more elite – and probably more superhuman – than me?
  • Will training take over my life (and in turn irritate every single one of my family members or friends)?
  • How do I properly fuel my body to handle more mileage?
  • What else do I need to do, both mentally & physically, to prepare myself for the extra miles?
  • If an ultra is in my future, how do I even begin training for such a distance?

Join Finish Line Physical Therapy and the Dashing Whippets Running Team as we host a panel discussion to answer these questions and many more. Hear how a few experienced ultramarathoners handle the distance – plus everything else that goes into increasing your mileage: nutrition, hydration, self-care, life balance and more. This panel will be moderated by Simon Durkin of the Dashing Whippets.

The panelists include:

Tommy Pyon’s strength is competing in races of 50 miles and up, oh and he likes the heat. He recently won the Great New York Exposition 100M race in a remarkable 15h19m, has completed a marathon double of 2:52 on the Saturday and 2:49 on the Sunday (a PR), and also ran 2:53 at the 2012 Boston Marathon (the really hot year). Since 2009 he’s run 21 ultramarathon races, winning 10 of them and rarely placing outside the top 5. Tommy is based in Flushing Queens and is a member of the Dashing Whippets Running Team.

Sky Canaves began running casually while living in Hong Kong but became more competitive on returning home to New York City. Moving quickly up from the road racing scene in Central Park, she really found her feet in the ultra racing world. She was the first female in the New York Exposition 100M race, her first ever 100-mile race. Since then she’s raced a further 8 ultra races, winning 4 and always finishing in the top 3. Sky also gives back regularly volunteering with NYRR’s kids programs and is a keen mentor to her DWRT teammates.

Paul Banel is newer to the ultra scene, having completed his first 50 miler at the 2013 North Face Bear Mountain, just eight months after doing his first half-marathon. A long-time runner, Paul had most often raced at the 10K distance prior to transitioning to longer distances. He currently runs for the Bronx Submariners — a team he started in 2013 with a few friends — and works at JackRabbit as their Customer Service Manager.

Michael Conlon is the owner of Finish Line PT. He has been a coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program since 2002. He has run more than 20 marathons and is a three-time Ironman finisher.

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