REI Presents: How to Run 100 Miles

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In 2017 Brendan Leonard and his buddy Jayson Sime signed up for the Run Rabbit Run 100 mile race in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. They had never run an ultra before.

The film is super inspiring as these guys aren’t career runners or sponsored athletes. They seem to be just two regular guys who have experienced some ups and downs in life (bullying, dyslexia) but have solid friendship and a curiosity about what’s possible with hard work, willingness to learn, and a good friend by your side.

In Brendan Leonard’s words:

“Jayson had talked me into it, and if I were to be completely honest, I’d say we were there to test out his life philosophy, which is basically that you can do anything you dream up, as long as you put in the work and refuse to quit. That ethic has worked for him in almost every other area of life, despite growing up in poverty, one of six children with no father, and dyslexia.

In the six months leading up to the race, we figured since we weren’t naturally talented runners, the best thing we could do is work hard. So we ran 50- to 70-mile weeks all summer, and went through a full range of feelings: fear, regret, sadness, FOMO, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, pain, and joy. And gluttony, which is not a feeling, but what happens after you run 20 or more miles.”

Highly recommended for anyone who is looking for something fresh and motivating to watch on the treadmill. Especially if you want to see what an ultra running race and the training for it looks like for regular guys who aren’t sponsored athletes going for a podium finish.

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