Facing the Bear 100 October 28 2018, 0 Comments
Being Challenged In Life Is Inevitable, Being Defeated Is Optional. -Roger Crawford
Here we go again, another year, another 100 mile race report. Ready or not …
The Bear 100 history:
- This was the 20th running of the race.
- It’s a point-to-point race starting in Utah and ending in Idaho.
- Mix of dirty roads and technical trail.
- 21,000 feet of vertical gain in 100 miles.
- Notorious for having VERY off years in weather.
- 2014 saw almost 12 hours of straight rain through the night with a trail of runner carnage.
- 2016 saw tons of snow forcing the race director to cut the course in half and turning runners back home at the half mark.
- It was my year to test Mother Nature and that nasty Bear.
Knowing I needed to run another 100 mile race in 2018, I teamed up with 3 friends to run something together to turn it into a fun “guys weekend”. The lunacy of another ultra adventure was afoot. A huge thanks to my amazing sponsors, Fuel 100, who have had my back through thick and thin.
The race filled quick, but my registration was accepted just in time. As time ticked on early in the year, one of my friends, AJ, decided to float his entry to another person and would instead come out and crew/pace rather than race (I now had a pacer and crew). Things were looking up and I was excited.
Finding the Fire (Again) May 02 2018, 4 Comments
As a serious lifetime runner, I find myself in the ultimate runner’s struggle. I can’t find a reason to get my running shoes on. I’ve tried every scheme that my extensive tool box offers. It's odd for me because for 35+ years running has been a defining characteristic of *me.* I started running, along with my sister before being a wife and mother, before being an adult. Through the years running was the constant. Sure, there were times when motivation waned or life got too busy but never for very long.
Mick's Rugged Run November 15 2017, 0 Comments
Mick's Rugged Run at Superior 100
Ambassador Mick Jurynec's report from the 2017 Superior 100 in Northern Minnesota. Things didn't go as well as expected but he persevered until the end on grit and great support from his family and crew.
2017 Superior 100
Me and the crew boss. Photo - Jen Jurynec
Me: Any sections that are particularly difficult? Dan: No. It’s just relentless.
That was the abbreviated version of a text conversation I had a few weeks before the race with a friend who lives in MN and has run Superior. Not surprising given the motto of the race is ‘Rugged, Relentless and Remote’. More on this later, but needless to say it’s a spot on description of the race.
The photo below sums up my race day. Yes, it was indeed Rugged and Relentless!
The finish. Photo- Jen Jurynec
The Superior 100 has been on my short list of races to run ever since I finished my first 100 (Wasatch) in 2010. Superior is often on the same weekend as Wasatch and a few weeks before the Bear, so it has always eluded my schedule. It’s one of the original 100 mile trail races and sports some 21,000 feet of elevation gain almost entirely on single track. Check out photos here!
I purposely didn't race too much this summer so I wouldn't have a lot of post-race recovery time. I ran the Antelope Island 50k in March, Squaw Peak 50 mile in June, and the Mid Mountain Marathon in August. I had a really good time training through the spring and summer, getting quality workouts and long runs in. I knew that even with 21, 000 feet of elevation gain that there was going to be a lot of runnable terrain so the last few months I focused on sustained running workouts. I stayed healthy and by August I was mentally and physically ready for Superior.
Race day started out sunny and cool, but that quickly changed to warm and humid (at least for what I’m used to) as the sun got higher in the sky. I knew from reading about the course that there was going to be a lot of water and mud, but for the first 20 or so miles I was constantly stepping in sloppy mud puddles. I was soaked from sweat, mud, and water! Despite the humidity and wet feet, I rolled into the second aid station where I saw my crew (Jen, Mara, my dad, and Kirk) for the first time feeling completely at ease and in a great mood.
Strangely Alive September 21 2017, 0 Comments
Run Rabbit Run 100...Tale of a Tortoise Win
- guest post by Chuck Radford
Since my race last year at RRR, it’s been a frustrating year full of injuries, uncertainty and what felt like many failed attempts at a healthy return. I’ve known for some time of a desperate need to “fix” issues that I put off for way too long (i.e. knee tendonosis, hamstring tendonosis, Achilles, general imbalances and weakness in strength, etc...). That has only been exacerbated by getting older which in return delays the healing process. In many attempts to “right the ship”, I took months of full rest from running, headed to the gym for strength training, did aggressive physical therapy and sports massage, did mobility and yoga and even some prolotherapy. As the months progressed and I thought I was ready to rebound, I would incur further injuries as I started running (i.e. a tibial stress fracture in March and some kind of ligament tear/strain in my back in June both causing further shut down). Enough of the sob-story ...the most unfortunate and/or challenging issue facing me was how to stay Western States (the "Boston Marathon" of the ultra scene) qualified at this point? With almost ¾ of a year gone, I still needed to run another 100 mile race in order to keep my bid in the Western States lottery leaving me hallow on time left to train. I decided early that I would run an “easy” 100 mile race (as “easy” as a 100 mile race go) and was planning to head to Arizona for the Javelina Jundred in late October. That would give me a good 3 to 4 months to train adequately. Fine and dandy right? Wrong. I found out I had a work commitment that landed on the weekend of the Javelina race. What now?
The Fall of F8 July 07 2017, 0 Comments
Maggie Guterl's 2016 WS100 race report
BURN THE BOATS...But Not While You Are Still In Them: A Tale of Western States FailureWow! That's a long title but it was a long race too!
All pics by the talented, young-gun, Anthony Stasulli
The hazy post Western States fog has dissipated and I have come to terms (or rather reality has just set in) with my epic disaster of a race that was my 2017 Western States Endurance Run. I have pondered and pontificated and I know what I did wrong leading up to it and during the first third of the race. I am not going to go on and on about all that in this blog. All the stresses of life, pre-race chaos and race nutrition mistakes are usually something that can be overcome or sometimes, as I have discovered, it is just the perfect storm.
2017 World Snowshoe Championships March 01 2017, 0 Comments
2017 World Snowshoe Championships - Joe Geezi's Race Report
Snow Runnin' for GOLD
Fall Endurance Hill Workouts September 27 2016, 0 Comments
Endurance hill workouts can get you ready for your fall races. Don’t fear the hill, Fuel100 Electro-Bites gives you the tips to train like a pro. Photo Source: telegraph.co.uk
Hill workouts are a great way to build strength and endurance for the fall running season. For many, the thought of a strenuous hill workout can bring hesitation, but it doesn’t have to. Follow these tips from Fuel100 and conquer endurance hill workouts – your fall races will thank you!
5 Running Tips from U.S. Olympic Distance Runners September 13 2016, 0 Comments
Follow these running tips from Olympic distance runners and coaches and learn ways to improve your training and race-day performance. Photo Source: vacationhomerentals.com
With the Summer Olympics still a recent memory, Fuel100 Electro-Bites thought it would be fun to see what we could learn from some of the best runners and coaches in the world. These running tips from American athletes and coaches can help inform your training program and race schedule as you prepare for the fall running season.
How Riders Eat on Grand Tour of Cycling August 24 2016, 0 Comments
Fuel 100 is all about giving you what you need to succeed in whatever endurance race or training you choose. Because of our passion for all things endurance, we thought it would be fun to see what a day in the nutritional life of some of the most extreme endurance athletes might look like. We will use the Tour de France as the endurance nutrition laboratory for a closer look inside the life of a world-class cyclist.
Sitting All Day is Killing You August 15 2016, 0 Comments
Sitting all day is killing you. Take back your life and improve your health by taking a few minutes during your day to move. Photo Source: losefatbellydiet.blogspot.com
There is a library full of empirical research showing the detrimental effects of sitting all day. We sit all day at work and school, we spend hours in front of the TV, and many of us spend hours on their screens playing video games or texting. Our sedentary habits are accentuating old injuries and creating dangerous new health problems. The solution? Get moving!
Alpine Climbing Nutrition July 25 2016, 0 Comments
Alpine climbing nutrition can be a problem in the extremes encountered in thin air. Read how to power your next summit push with Fuel100. Photo Source: mountain-equipment.co.uk
Alpine climbing nutrition can pose one of the biggest challenges for mountaineers. Research has shown that climbing at altitude can burn 6000 calories per day. When alpine climbing, the body must battle the steep elevation, thin air, and cold – all while carrying heavy loads. However, food intake by alpine climbers at altitude has been shown to fall by 10-50% depending on the speed of ascent, the individual’s tolerance, and conditioning. Climbers must also struggle with bulky clothing and the likelihood that the exertion and altitude can greatly reduce the desire to eat. Alpine climbing nutrition is particularly important because, unlike many other endurance sports, the alpine climber must get themselves down the mountain. Rescue on a big mountain can be dangerous and take days, especially in bad weather.
Fueling for Endurance Cycling July 11 2016, 0 Comments
Endurance cycling requires training and practicing your race-day routine, don’t forget to test and practice your fueling strategy as well. Photo Source: active.com
You know your training distances and splits. Your calendar outlines your training days and rest days. Now that your endurance cycling race is just around the corner, have you practiced your fueling strategy? You should.
Superfood Seeds – Nutrition for Athletes July 05 2016, 0 Comments
We are all looking for that training edge. The fuels that power our workout and race are a good place to look for that edge. Superfood seeds can be one way to maximize the nutritional value of your training diet. Consider adding these seeds to your current nutritional plan, these superfood seeds will help combat free radicals and promote post workout recovery.
USATF Mountain Running Championships – Fuel 100 Athletes Setting the Pace July 01 2016, 0 Comments
Joseph Gray running a tune-up race in preparation for the USATF Mountain Running Championships that will be held July 3, 2016 at the Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
The USATF Mountain Running Championships will be held July 3, 2016 at the Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Join Fuel 100 Electro-Bites in supporting our sponsored athletes Joe Gray and Nancy Hobbs as they test their metal against the best runners in the country on one of the toughest courses in the world.
Build Endurance for Your Summer June 23 2016, 0 Comments
Summer is here and you will want to get outside and enjoy the weather and comradery of friends and family. The only problem is that winter and a hectic work schedule has reduced your fitness level. Not to fear, build endurance needed for your summer adventures with these fitness tips.
"You Can Always Quit Later" April 20 2016, 0 Comments
"You Can Always Quit Later" - 24 Hrs of Palmer Lake Fun
Whether you use them as a supported training run or to set new distance goals, timed races (24 hours, 12 hours, etc.) are an excellent resource for runners looking to set goals.
Our intrepid ambassador Jeff of Barefoot Inclined talks about his first ever 24 hour race - 24 hours of Palmer Lake, directed by Palmer Divide Run Co. He gives an in depth report on his approach to the run and how it went.
Jeff on right Photo: Barefoot Inclined
Fuel100 and Joseph Gray – Going Further April 13 2016, 0 Comments
Sometimes to find the road less traveled and that peak experience you have to be willing to go a little further than most. This philosophy moves both Fuel 100 and top U.S. mountain and trail runner Joseph Gray. Joseph is the first sponsored athlete by Fuel 100, but Joseph is used to blazing new paths and is a perfect match for the mission of Fuel 100 and its signature electrolyte and energy replacement fuel - Electro-Bites.
Running into Late Middle Age April 04 2016, 0 Comments
More and more, people are staying active later into life and there are many beneficial health reasons for continuing to hit the trail. A Stanford University study suggests that running seniors experience heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, and neurological ailments 16 years later than their non-running counterparts. As a group, older runners experience better mobility, coordination, weight control, bone density, muscle strength, and psychological well-being. This is a great trend, but poses some challenges when modifying diet and training to match how the body is changing with age. First, as an older athlete, you have to fuel your body differently from when you were young. Next, pay more attention to how you train, and more importantly, how you rest. Consider these five tips as you run your way into a healthy middle age.
Don't Bonk on Your Next Climb March 29 2016, 0 Comments
Finding the right nutrition for athletes that climb can provide a challenge to find the right energy in the right size with the right weight.
Research out of the Human Performance Lab at Ball State University showed that nutritional supplementation during exercise can improve endurance performance. But climbing is unique in both physiology and replenishing lost energy. Weight, packaging, and the ease of consuming the nutrients are all important considerations when selecting the right supplement to keep you on the wall.
Nutrition for Athletes - What not to Eat February 28 2016, 0 Comments
As an athlete you know that your body is a machine that allows you to compete and enjoy your sport. You also know that nutrition for athletes is as much about what you don’t eat as what you do eat. Your body will only perform at optimal levels when fueled with nutritional organic foods. Avoid these common nutritional mistakes and experience better workouts and faster recover.
5 Things to Consider Before Running Your First Ultramarathon February 23 2016, 0 Comments
An ultramarathon is any race over the traditional distance of a regular marathon. If you are a marathoner looking for your next challenge, 50k races (31.1 miles) are popular right now and a good place to start. However, even for experienced marathoners, running your first ultramarathon can be an emotional and physical challenge. You wouldn’t want to do it if it was easy – right? However, there are some things that you can do to make your first ultramarathon easier on your body and more enjoyable for your mind. Consider these five tips before running your first ultra.
Ultra Marathons - Fun Facts & Nutrition for Athletes January 27 2016, 0 Comments
Is this the year you do your first Ultra? Photo Source: bestracesigns.wordpress.com
Ultra-marathons are races generally longer than 30 miles and could be well over 100 miles. These races are becoming more popular as racing professionals and week-end warriors look for fun new challenges. If you are thinking about participating in one of these races in the New Year checkout these fun facts and nutrition for athletes hints to be better prepared for the challenges that await you.
Nutrition's No Joke January 25 2016, 0 Comments
Challenge yourself in the New Year with these three endurance races. Photo Source: 4desert.com
It is a New Year and you may be looking for a resolution that will increase your fitness and test your endurance while also being over-the-top fun. These three ultra-endurance races will take you to the corners of the world and test your ability to perform in extreme conditions. Participants not only conquer the environment and distances, but the nutrition for athletes in these extreme conditions is just as important as physical training.
Volunteerism: An Integral Part of Ultrarunning January 24 2016, 0 Comments
Western States 100 Endurance Race (WSER) has more history and lore than arguably any other endurance trail run in the United States. Race directors look to WSER to set the standard in lottery guidelines, aid station perfection, advertising, swag bags, press and innumerable other strategies for putting on a successful race.
In my opinion, one the very best of WSER traditions and requirements is the mandatory service requirement. Every year more ultra races are including service as a requirement of participation. What a runner, whether new to the sport or a seasoned old-timer, gains from volunteering is amazing for the ultra-running culture; the trails we use, the races we love, our community, and the over-worked and oft underappreciated race directors.
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