Ultra Runner, Mike Evans, recently completed the Hardrock 100 in Colorado. He finished with a time of 36 hours after 33,000 vert and 100 miles, we’d say that’s pretty impressive! Crystal had a chance to catch up with Mike the day after the race to ask him a few questions…
What is the biggest race you have run up until this point?
Probably the Wasatch front 10, last year. It was my fourth running of that race and I had my best time by far!
How did you feel?
I felt great! I know the course quite well, so I knew when and where to push it to maximize the best time possible.
You chose to go without a pacer on the last 27 miles? Why?
Actually, I didn’t have a pacer the entire time. I had asked Aaron, my crew member, to be ready just in case I felt like crap to the point I needed his help . but when I got there to Telluride, I was feeling quite well and I figured I’d come all this way with out a pacer, so why finish with one! I feel more accomplished having done the entire race without a pacer. they just get in the way! haha
How did you train for this?
By crushing it in the gym (thanks Crystal!) and by listening to my running coach, Karl Meltzer. Probably the most important, training the mind. You’re asking an aweful lot of your body because when it comes down to it, your body can do a whole lot more than you think it can.
Do you think strength training is an important element to running a race like this?
Very much so! If your body can’t answer what your mind is asking of it, your going to be miserable, and more likely not to finish. You’ll be in a much better state if your body, and mind, are strong !
Why do you feel so many runners don’t spend time strength training?
Because they think running alone in and of itself will be ok. I believe 100% that they’re wrong in thinking that, running takes a huge toll of your muscles. If you strength train, regularly, you’ll be a hell of a lot more durable plus, I think, you’ll enjoy it more!
What was your favorite part of the race?
Going up virginus pass in the dark! Mentally I wanted to be passed this point in the race, mile 67ish, in good shape, to feel confident about the time I wanted to finish in. Once on top ,your really exposed. so for one, its really cool to be up there, and two, you’ve got 4500ft, of descent down into Telluride. …and rolling into town in the middle of the night , when no one is up, is perty cool!
Which mile was the hardest? Did you ever feel you wanted to quit? If so what kept you going?
In the mid to late 80’s. Hell no, I never want to quit! Theres a lot to what kept me going but, I’ll keep it brief or we’ll have to sit down for coffee for the whole story, haha! What kept me going is the accomplishment of covering this kind of terrain as fast as I can and the pure enjoyment of being in the mountains. because when it comes down to it, the mountains dictate how good of a day your going to have.
How do you eat during 36 hours? What is your longest break?
I have a drink mix that I use that gives me calories and what-not. I supplement that with gels and real food. Off the top of my head, I believe my longest break was maybe 10 minutes.
How is your recovery today? day after?
I’ll be recovering for the better part of a week or so. Today i’m feeling really good, any pain that I do have is in the tendons in my feet, they really worked their ass off! But not too bad really. I mean , I could run today, but i’m not going to.
Anything else you want to add?
I couldn’t have done it without your help the time i’ve spent in the gym was monumental. I felt really strong the entire time. When i asked my body to do what it did, it answered with a big ole “HELL YA!” and very importantly, a big thanks to my crew of Aaron Spurlock, his wife Tawny, and their son Tosh, any nascar pit crew would of been jealous of how quickly and efficiently they got me in and out of the aid stations.
Thanks Mike and Congrats!