Monday, March 18, 2013

100 Miler in Four Days! Ultramarathon Preparation

My running schedule has me as nervous as a germaphobe in a truck station bathroom. AND as excited as a middle aged woman at a Barbara Streisand concert. (Although to a middle aged man like myself I can't think of too many things worse.) Coming up:

1) The Antelope Island Buffalo Run 100 miler in four days.
2) The Zion 100 four weeks after that.
3) The Bryce 100 six weeks after that.

I've got a great team on board. In addition to my good friend Jared Thorley who is pacing from miles 70-100, my mom volunteered to crew for the race (probably appropriate since she'll likely see me lying in fetal position on the side of the trail). My sister Hollie also volunteered to help with crewing and will pace from miles 50-70. No excuses to quit now.

The taper for the Buffalo Run has been good. This week I enjoyed some time with my wife on one of our favorite dates - a long bike ride:

I've started making some preparations for the race. Including:

1) Cutting my toe nails down to the smallest nubs possible. Learned that lesson the hard way after my first 100 miler when this little piggy and that little piggy ended up with black toe nails.

2) Printed off a map of the race. Jackson saw it sitting on the counter and said "Wow Dad, that looks complicated." He had that concerned look that seemed to say "I'm pretty sure you're going to get lost. And then get so hungry that you'll have to eat your shoes. It's been nice knowing you."

3) I've got food ready for my drop bags. In addition to drinking Tailwind in my UltrAspire hydration pack, I'll also be enjoying these tasty treats. (By mile 80, this stuff will look as tasty as a running shoe.)

If any of this trail or ultra running nonsense is of any interest to you, you should watch this awesome video from last year's Buffalo Run. They did such a great job making the video, and it shows how up-close-and-personal we'll get with them buffalo. This gives a great idea of what these ultra races are like.

Four days. Can't wait.

"Pushing your body past what you thought it was capable of is easy; the hard part is pushing yourself even further....past what your mind wants to let you. That's what ultrarunning is all about; introducing you to a self you've never known." ~ Rex Pace


  1. Oh wow!! I didn't realize how close together all your 100 milers are this year. That is so craaaazy!! You will do awesome though, you always do! Thanks for the tip on the flashlight. I will do that. The toenail tip is good too. See?? You ultra runners just know all the good stuff. I'm sure there's more little secrets out there I don't know about. Live and learn one race at a time.

  2. YAY!! Sounds fun!

    (PS - I hope you don't have to eat your shoes. I bet the chewing would be really tiresome).

  3. I'm so excited for you!!! I can't wrap my mind around you running that far. It's amazing!

  4. WOw, I almost crapped my pants just watching how close those buffalo's are to the runners...good luck with that ;) You will do awesome!

  5. Love that last quote. You are primed and ready to go Cory!

  6. Ooh, I can't wait to get home so I can watch that video! Can you believe they actually expect us to WORK at work?? Whatevs.

    By 16-20 hours into a race, nothing looks good to me, and chewing seems like so much work. That has me thinking that for Dirty Kanza mostly liquid nutrition might be the way to go. Of course, if it makes me sick to my stomach, that's not going to help. So much to figure out. Glad you've got something that works for you (plus your shoes if it comes to that. I wonder what shoe is the most tender? :D)

  7. I adore Jacksons comment. And I echo it, it's been nice blog stalking you.

    Though I have complete faith you'll come back. Or that the race will rescue you to save themselves from bad press. Whatever. :)

    After reading your blog post about tailwind I got the sample packets and I'm loving it. The taste is, interesting, but I don't get sick of it like I do the super sweet stuff and I really do have more even energy levels and no tummy troubles. Thanks for the tip!

  8. "It's been nice knowing you". I love how kids just tell it like it is. And I love the pic of your food. That's a seriously thought out stash. And a whole lot of calories.

  9. Oh - My - God ... you are a crazy man!! But I love it, of course :).

    It's funny to see you on a bike, but I'm so glad you got to spend some quality time with your wife - how cool!!

    So stinking excited for your race this weekend. I might have to take up a 100 if I can eat Butterfingers. :)

  10. What a race schedule! I remember you looking ahead to your first 100 miler, and now you're throwing down 3 in such a short time? You're the man!

    Nice stock pile of food. That's quite a bit of nutrition, but I guess you have to have that much with all that running!

    Way to be out on the bike. Isn't that so much fun? :)

  11. Holy Moly that's some crazy racing schedule! Good luck with all 3, but especially your next one!

    I heard Twinkies might be out again soon. Maybe you can have them for one of your later races :)