ABOUT ME

My name is Rob Robertson. I am 54 Years Old. Married with three Grown Sons. Two Grand kids. My home is Burneyville, Oklahoma USA. I changed my life in 2013 by Walking for Exercise and Eating Whole Foods. I started walking half Marathons. Moved up to Marathons and then 12 hour timed races. Found out my forte is walking 24 hour – 100 mile Centurion races. Now I am on a journey to join all Six World Centurion clubs. Currently I am one of 9 people around the world that have membership in Five Clubs. I am United States Centurion C78. Australian Centurion C68. British Centurion C1169. African Centurion C11. Continental Centurion C454. Of the 1504 Centurion’s Worldwide only Four have membership in Six Clubs. No matter which World Centurion Club you are interested in. The standard for membership is the same. You must walk 100 Miles within 24 Hours.

United States (MEMBER June 2015 United States Centurion Qualifier, Fort Snelling, MN).
Australia (MEMBER April 2016 Australian Centurion Qualifier, Coburg, Victoria).
British (MEMBER August 2016 105th British Centurion Qualifier, Redcar, England).
African (MEMBER October 2016 African Centurion Qualifier, Robben Island, South Africa).
Continental  (MEMBER June 2017 Continental Centurion Qualifier, Weert, Netherlands).
New Zealand ??2018??

Going to be Fun!

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My Wife and I.  August 2016. The morning after I became a British Centurion.

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12 thoughts on “ABOUT ME

  1. Peter Hopman

    Hello Rob. First congratuilations with completing all six titels. My name is Peter Hopman and i live in the Netherlands. I am the man who has the archive of all result off racewalking. in cluding the centurion race’s.
    i have question for you and you don’t hav to anwers it. If you are a member of an athlecits club is it possibel to say wich club. Becuase you have scored points for the dutch racewalking cup.
    Thank your for your help en maybe il will see you next year in Schiedam when the next race is in the Netherlands.

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    1. Rob Robertson Post author

      Hello Peter,
      A Big job recording all the racewalk results. If this is the site http://www.wakkee.nl/ I am very familiar with it. Well Done. I am NOT affiliated with any club. I will race again in The Netherlands in a few years. We very much enjoyed our trip.
      Rob

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  2. Jay

    Hi Rob,
    I’ve just started distance walking. Your advice is very helpful and I’m inspired by your achievements.
    All the best for your training and events.
    Thanks,
    Jay

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    1. Rob Robertson Post author

      Thank You Jay. I have seen your blog. Congratulations. Walking changed my Life. Wishing you much success. Rob

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  3. James Walter

    Hi Rob,
    I recently came across your site and have found it very inspiring. I’m 65 years old and started a (for me) active walking program a couple of months ago. I’m an Air Force retiree and did a lot of fitness running during my active duty years. But I’ve found walking is so much easier on my knees! I’m currently walking 4 miles per day at 13-14 min pace. I have a couple of questions for you: (1) What kind of route do you do your daily training walks? One big loop, or several small loops. I walk a 1-mile loop around my neighborhood, but sometimes head “out in the country” just for something different. (2) Do you ever listen to music or podcasts when you walk? If not, how to you handle the boredom? I listen to podcasts to help pass the time. Is that a sign that I wouldn’t be very good at long distance walking? I’m fascinated with how ultra runners and walkers manage the boredom factor.
    Thanks for your site, and for inspiring a walking ‘hack’ like me. 🙂

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    1. Rob Robertson Post author

      Hello James,
      Thank You for the kind words and congratulation on your active walking. My training route is the 8 tenths of a mile road loop around where I live. My loop has a couple of small hills. I like the fact I am never more than 4 tenths of a mile from my water, snack or supplies if I need to fix a blister. The short loop also allows my 13 year old Labrador to bail on me when he gets tired. I do go through spells where I listen to music. I Mostly use music at night when I can see the lights of any cars that come up from behind me. I have not had a problem with boredom. Training for and walking races keeps me going. I tend to set walking goals so high that the goal overrides the boredom.

      Walking is the perfect exercise as you have found. You might consider training for and walking a half marathon. My first half marathon race changed my life.

      Walk well,
      Rob

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  4. Shane

    Hi Rob, I found your site by doing a search on 100 mile walk. Because of some physical limitations, I am relegated to walking instead of running or even jogging. I have an event that I am trying to train for. Is there an opportunity that I can email you privately to discuss? I find your story and accomplishments inspiring! I really want to finish this event. Thank you!

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  5. Sean McCoy

    Hi Rob!

    A friend of mine sent me a link to your blog as I need some advice. I hope you might be able to help me. There is a charity event at the end of this year called the Snowdrop Foundation Ultra 55. http://snowdropfoundation.org/event/ultra55/

    I’m on the board of Snowdrop Foundation. We raise money for pediatric cancer research and also give away academic scholarships to current and former pediatric patients. It’s very special foundation and cause to me.

    Participants have 55 hours to complete as many miles as they can. You can run, walk or both but the “goal” is to hit 100 miles. I’m not able to run any more due to a condition in my spine but I can walk. I’d like to try and walk 100 miles in the 55 hours. I completed a half-marathon in January of 2015 (before I found out about my back) but have never been a runner despite years of competitive athletics.

    What I would like to ask you is a recommendation of a training regime and even a day of strategy to walk 100 miles in 55 hours. You can take as many breaks for as long as you want and even go home/leave if you’d like. While it is official (the lap distance and race is certified) I want to complete the 100 miles and am not worried about the time, performance, etc. I just want to finish. However, I know I can’t just show up and start walking.

    If you could help me or at least give me a place to start I’d appreciate it.

    Thanks and God Bless,

    Sean

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    1. Rob Robertson Post author

      Hello Sean,

      What a Great cause The Snowdrop Foundation. What a Great Goal to walk 100 Miles. A Goal I know you can achieve. The best news is You have plenty of time to build up slowly for the Big day. That will be the secret for your success. A SLOW build up. You have around eight months. I started out and recommend walking 6 days per week. I started with 4 miles per day. After A month I started walking farther one day per week. For me I would do a training plan similar to this.

      May
      Monday — 4 miles
      Tuesday – 4 miles
      Wednesday-4 miles
      Thursday -4 miles
      Saturday- 4 miles
      Sunday — 4 miles

      June
      Monday — 4 miles
      Tuesday – 4 miles
      Wednesday-4 miles
      Thursday -4 miles
      Saturday- 4 miles
      Sunday — 6 miles

      July
      Monday — 4 miles
      Tuesday – 4 miles
      Wednesday-4 miles
      Thursday -4 miles
      Saturday- 4 miles
      Sunday — 8 miles

      August
      Monday — 4 miles
      Tuesday – 4 miles
      Wednesday-4 miles
      Thursday -4 miles
      Saturday- 4 miles
      Sunday — 12 miles

      September
      Monday — 4 miles
      Tuesday – 4 miles
      Wednesday-8 miles
      Thursday -4 miles
      Saturday- 4 miles
      Sunday — 12 miles

      October
      Monday — 4 miles
      Tuesday – 4 miles
      Wednesday-8 miles
      Thursday -4 miles
      Saturday- 4 miles
      Sunday — 16 miles

      November
      Monday — 4 miles
      Tuesday – 4 miles
      Wednesday-8 miles
      Thursday -4 miles
      Saturday- 12 miles
      Sunday — 12 miles

      Fist Half December
      Monday — 4 miles
      Tuesday – 4 miles
      Wednesday-8 miles
      Thursday -4 miles
      Saturday- 8 miles
      Sunday — 12 miles

      Up to Your Race
      Monday — 4 miles
      Tuesday – 4 miles
      Wednesday-4 miles
      Thursday -4 miles
      Saturday- 4 miles
      Sunday — 6 miles

      I would not worry about pace. Just get all the miles walked. You will want the time on your feet. Get your feet ready for two long days.

      55 Hours on race day is plenty of time for a nice steady walk. You are not thinking about speed. Your only thought is the 100 Mile Goal. I would try and walk 60 miles the first 24 hours. If you can do that in 18 hours I would eat a good meal and sleep for 6 hours. I would try for the last 40 miles in the next 24 hours. To finish in the first 48 hours would give you time to enjoy your success and cheer on the others all working toward the Cause. It will be comforting to know you have 7 hours in the bank for anything unexpected. Be sure and eat and drink a little something about every 30 minutes.

      Train well. Rob

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  6. Ivo Majetic

    Hi Rob,
    I have found your web page and it is really interesting. I see that this week you are in Colorado. Do you live here or in Oklahoma? If you live in Colorado, we could walk some days together.
    Congratulation to become US Centurion last year. It is a big accomplishment. I know what I am talking about, I am C48.
    I did not racewalk ultra since 1999 but I am in preparation for season 2016 and I am thinking even to do Paris-Alsase again. Have you thought about that race? Do you plan to walk some 24hour/100 miles races in US in spring 2016? Do you plan to walk 100 miles in New York in September 2016?
    Regards,
    Ivo Majetic

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    1. Rob Robertson Post author

      Hello Ivo C48
      Congratulations on your very fast U.S. Centurion time. I wish I lived in beautiful Colorado. My wife and I were in Colorado visiting our oldest Son. We live in Oklahoma. Good luck with your Racewalk training. I have a 100 mile race in November at the UltraCentric in Texas. For 2016 I signed up for the Australian Centurion qualifier in April. The Britsh Centurion qualifier in August. Yes I will be in New York late September for the U.S. Centurion Qualifier. The U.S. Race should have several of the worlds top long distance walkers in it. I am very much looking forward to that race. Let’s stay in contact. I sent a friend request on Facebook. Rob

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