1. Select an Insanely Difficult Course
If you are going to run a freaking 100 mile race, why the hell would you run some wimpy flat course with no technical terrain or high altitudes? What kind of wimpy hundred mile racer needs decent weather and tons of course support? Don’t be a pussy just because you have never run 100 miles before! Go big or go home! I mean, you CRUSHED that last 50K you did… right?
2. Continue Your Usual Training
It got you from the couch to 5K didn’t it? It even helped you slide in before cutoff on that trail 50k. One hundred miles in 30 hours – that’s only 3.33 miles per hour! That is a slow walk. There is no reason to destroy your joints with a bunch of back to back runs of 20 and even 30 mile runs. Besides, who has the TIME to do that?
3. Just “Wing it” On Race Day
This isn’t rocket science folks! Here is all there is to it: 1. Show up. 2. Go to starting line. 3. Left foot forward, right foot forward, now repeat. It’s that simple. All these runners obsessing over distance between aid stations, what to put in drop boxes, cutoff times, weather, what to wear…. Blah blah blah. The shit seriously makes me sick. It’s never-ending.
4. Race the First 50K
All this ultra-conservative talk about pacing in a 100 doesn’t make any sense. Go out and run that 50K like you know that you can, and then slow down. After all, you are experienced and know what pace you are comfortable to finish a 50k, why would you slow down before you need to?
5. Eat and Drink Only When You FEEL Like It
Only eat and drink when you are hungry and thirsty. Don’t cram food down your throat if your gut is upset. All that will do is make you puke, and when you puke you are DONE. Everyone knows this. If you aren’t hungry – don’t eat. If you aren’t thirsty –don’t drink. This isn’t a shitty Weight Watchers meeting or your company fat-boy weight loss competition… why the hell would you count calories? Besides, you have plenty of extra to burn, I mean c’mon we have all seen these fatties who run 100’s.
6. Avoid Lube
Lube? Seriously? Are you a car? No. So why would you lube yourself? Quit thinking you are some kind of machine that needs to stay fine tuned and well oiled. What an ego you have! All it is going to do is make you all greasy, smelly, and uncomfortable. It will settle in your expensive running gear to grab all the dirt and road dust. When you get that stuff on your fingers, it is nearly impossible to get off. No one wants you grabbing stuff off the aid station tables with gross fingers. NASTY! Save the lube bottle for the bedroom fun you will be having with your significant other the night after!
7. Go It Alone
You already have very few friends outside the community of ultrarunning weirdoes you know. Do you really want ruin the few remaining friendships you have by asking your high school BFF to chase you around the countryside just to wait a few hours to do it again – just to fill your water bottles and pop your blisters? I think not. What about asking an ultrarunner who is injured or tapering? Don’t think so… you already have to spend enough time with these psychos at prerace and at every aid satiation. Take my advice; Go it alone.
8. Find a Chair
25-30 hours is a long ass time. Find a chair, take a load off and sit down for a while. Hell, lay down for a while if you want. Find a nice warm fire and get comfy. A stop of 1 or 2 hours isn’t going to do anything but help. I mean, it’s not like you are going to win. And you DO HAVE 30 hours. Why not take a nap here or there.
9. Stop if it Hurts
You have trained like you always have trained. Surely that poke in your knee, burning toe, or swollen knee is a sign of serious injury! Don’t risk missing next month’s Color Dash Diva Plunge because you are too hard headed to stop when you are in pain! Do the right thing and listen to the pain and that little voice telling you that you need to stop. Keep in mind your feet know best.
10. Rationalize Failure
It’s ok to quit. It is fine not to finish. It’s not THAT BIG of a deal. It IS just a hobby after all, you would have been running anyway. Only a tiny fraction of the world’s population even ATTEMPTS to run 100 miles. Quit acting like this is some kind of soul searching, healing, and transformational experience. It’s just a race – not worth pain and suffering.
If for some reason you did NOT read the title – this is the shit to do if you want a DNF. If you want a finisher’s buckle – DO THE OPPOSITE.
Until next time, BE EPIC!