Comment from: jason (aka marley mission) [Visitor]
jason (aka marley mission)

awesome story - i am an aspiring ultra runner - i have done 2 marathons and have a few coming up but i am looking to try a 50k next year sometime - i definitely think the whole idea of running 100 miles sounds intimidating but it was cool to read your story and hear your own feelings of self doubt - did you consider vibes at all? or no way

07/11/13 @ 16:34
Comment from: Wan Kidd [Visitor]
Wan Kidd

I want to eat that bean and cheese burrito so bad..

07/11/13 @ 22:12
Comment from: luke [Member]  

@Jason, Congratulations on your marathons, and good luck on the 50k! I used the Merrell Vapor Gloves some in training, and decided that wearing them in the race would be too risky. I tested shoes ranging from the Vapor Gloves to the Hoka Stinsons, be for using the TrailRoc 245. There will be another article in a couple of weeks to tell that story.

07/12/13 @ 07:08
Comment from: luke [Member]  

@Wan Kidd, Those burritos haunt my dreams. I've tried to recreate their goodness in the kitchen. I came close, but nothing compares.

07/12/13 @ 07:12
Comment from: jen [Visitor]
jen

Awesome job on the finish. There is something magical about a 100 miler. The soul searching, the sunrise, the people. It brings me back for another even though I struggle to finish them. Welcome to the 100 miler club and best of luck on your next one.

07/12/13 @ 11:01
Comment from: luke [Member]  

@Jen Thanks! It really was a great experience. Without the struggle, they wouldn't be rewarding. I knew almost as soon as I was finished that I would be doing another. Now I just have to decide which one...

07/14/13 @ 21:33
Comment from: Yohann [Visitor]
Yohann

Hi Luke,
Congrats on your race! I really enjoyed reading your story.
Running such long distance is a dream of mine, though I've got a long way to go since I've only been able to run 10K so far. I'm currently training for a marathon next January.
For 100 miles races, I'm assuming that running continuously in between aid station is not common. Would I be correct? if yes, what would be the total percentage of walking/running that people do on average? What would you recommend for a novice like me to be able to run long distance races in the future?
Thanks

07/20/13 @ 01:36
Comment from: luke [Member]  

@Yohann Everyone starts out somewhere. I started with a 5k running program through a local specialty store about 3 years ago.

The percentage of time that you spend running will depend a lot on your fitness and your goals. When you are running, the pace will likely need to be much slower than your marathon pace. I was able to run about a 10:30 pace even when I was exhausted, but convincing myself to run could be a problem. If you run a 10:30 pace for 50 miles then you only need to average about 18:00/mile for the other 50 to finish under 24 hours. The running will be mixed with the walking. I think I ran probably 60-70% of the distance. You also have to consider aid station time, which can have a significant impact on your overall time. My goal was to spend less than 5 minutes at any aide station. I had to be a little flexible with that when nutrition required it.

As for training, just keep running and be consistent. Having a regular running schedule should reduce chances for injury as your body adjusts to the training load. If you have not started trail running, then try it out. Most ultramarathons are on trails and you will benefit from experience. Muscle strength comes and goes with training level, but I think that bone density, ligament, and tendon strength come from a longer term accumulation of training. Learn which pains are okay. You will have to live with some pain. My rule of thumb during heavy training and races: if it's not swelling or bruising, you're probably okay to run. Mainly, just run and run further. Be confident and push your limits.

07/23/13 @ 12:27
Comment from: jason kasher [Visitor]  
jason kasher

Wow, is all I can say. I've been interested in doing some long runs in the future, but I have to really commend you on the 100 mile run. I'm pretty sure you hit about 5 walls along the way.

08/01/13 @ 11:23
Comment from: Jessica H [Visitor]
Jessica H

Great article! I love reading blogs especially about 100 milers! I just completed my first 100 this past weekend and I am already looking forward to my next one which is how I came across your blog. I am hoping to run Zion 100 this coming April. Any advice on training for it or any words of wisdom for the course itself?

10/24/13 @ 19:54
Comment from: Steve Ochoa [Visitor]
Steve Ochoa

Enjoyed reading your write up, I am contemplating signing up for this race and like Jessica H. is how I found your blog site. I enjoy reading write ups to get information about the course which you do an excellent job of describing. My only hesitation about signing up is that I have a 50 miler one month before which could be considered a training run but I also and hiking in the Grand Canyon two weeks after that. So the timing may not be the best. Congratulations on your finish and hope to see you out on the trail some time. By the way I have been eating bean and cheese burritos for a long time they have helped me to more than one finish line!

01/13/14 @ 14:25