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Imagine the following personal ad:
“Single 39-year-old male from upper Manhattan, works in the entertainment business, loves classical music, does not own a car but runs 10 miles to and from work, seeking single female with car to join in on 24-hour runs or be patiently waiting on the sidelines.”
Meet Phil McCarthy, who achieved rock star status in ultra-marathoning at the sixth annual World 24 Hour Run Championship in Drummondville, Quebec, on July 28-29.
The native Nebraskan, a neophyte in ultra circles, finished fourth while helping the United States also to a fourth-place team showing.
“Phil’s finish at the World Challenge was very significant, not only as an individual, but for his strength to hold on for the benefit of the USA 24-hour team,” said 59-year-old Roy Pirrung of Sheboygan, Wis., a fellow competitor and team manager. “Without his determination and will to push through the pain he was dealing with, our team would not have finished in fourth place in the world.”
“Running is my relaxation,” McCarthy said.
He said he actually started running in junior high as a sprinter and continued at a small high school in Nebraska.
“I was a decent sprinter in the 100, 400 and relays,” said McCarthy, known in ultra circles for his modesty. “There was no cross country team until my junior year of high school. In college [at Nebraska] and grad school [at Michigan], I just ran for the fun of it. I didn”t race.”
In fact, he said, his first race out of high school came a decade later, in 1995, when he moved east to Staten Island where he has relatives.
“It was a neighborhood five-miler, and I got hooked from that race,” McCarthy recalled. “A friend of mine ran the Dallas Marathon and I was really impressed that somebody could run that far. The 1997 New York City Marathon was my first marathon. I had a view of the Verrazano Bridge while I lived on Staten Island.”
He ran the 26.2-mile Big Apple course in 3:47, but since then has gotten much faster, running 2:53 last year in his eighth NYCM finish. He’s amazingly consistent, too, running 10th at the Yonkers Marathon last year with half splits of 1:28:04 and 1:28:02.
“Generally, ultra runners are older than the top marathoners and 10K guys,” McCarthy, an aspiring pianist, explained. “People don’t have a lot of interest until they get older, in my experience. I’ve only been running ultras five years now. Some people go bam right off the bat. In my first few years, I wasn’t blowing anybody away. I was still trying to hit [personal bests] in the 5K and 10K races and marathons.”
His ultra breakthrough came during the past year. After McCarthy ran 138 miles for the third spot at the 24-Hour National Championship in Grapevine, Texas, last November (less than a mile behind runner-up Pirrung), he knew if he increased his weekly mileage, he would better his performance, possibly to 145 miles in 24 hours.
But he messed up his calculations during worlds.
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