How to win the HURT 100!
A theoretical guide and an Actual Report
Theory: Start training 6-months out. Integrate speed-work, strength training and dieting into your routine. Run multiple 100 mile weeks. Maintain your job, your spouse and your sanity. Pay no attention to your competitors “speak with your legs”.
100 pts. (+10 extra credit if you live in B.C.)
Actual: Started training 2-months out. Integrated speed-work, boot-camp, yoga, strength training, rock-climbing and hiking. Ran one 60 mile week. Half-assed work, neglected girlfriend once or twice, lost all sanity and felt consistently overwhelmed. Forget about competition until pre-race meeting, looked around and thought “o shit…” lost a night of sleep.
Theory: Start conservative. Hold back. Race your own race, but not necessarily in first. Start hydrating and salt pills immediately. Start tried and true race nutrition strategy immediately, don’t deviate. Say hi to every runner possible. Finish the loop between 3hrs 45min’s to 4hrs.
Actual: Started conservative. Didn’t wear a watch, didn’t care to know position or pace, ended up in the front too soon. Started hydrating & salts immediately. Stuck with tried & true nutrition plan:
On the hour:
· -24oz water
· - 3 scoops Carbo Pro mixed into water
· -2 Amino Acid pills
· -3 Vo2 Max Pills
· -2 MetaSalt Pills
· -Oranges & Banana’s at aid stations
· -2 scoops interphase & 1 scoop carbo-pro (Nick-Slam)
Said hi to every runner possible. Finished the loop (unknown to me during the race) in 3hrs and 28min’s.
Theory: Stay consistent. Humidity and heat will increase, stay strong. Cramping may start, ignore it. Vital to stay on top of hydration, nutrition & salts. Keep smiling, stay positive. Expected time 3:45-4:00hrs.
Actual: Stayed consistent. Started cramping badly, ignored it. Ate a bunch of oranges, fixed cramping. Kept smiling, stayed positive. Stuck to hydration and nutrition plan. 3:50hrs.
Theory: Stay consistent. Humidity will continue to increase, climbs will seem endless, cramping may continue, don’t let it. Stick to nutrition & hydration plan. Don’t slip, just don’t. Start floating over tree roots. Don’t forget your headlamp for night. Don’t eat solid food with a high heart rate. Competition may intensify, don’t pay attention to it. 3hrs 50min’s to 4hrs and 10min’s. Keep smiling.
Actual: Started falling back in pace. Humidity & heat decreased. Climbs were manageable. Cramping stopped from the oranges. Didn’t slip. Tried floating over tree roots. Competition caught me at Paradise Center, it got to me. Forgot my headlamp. Deviated from my functioning nutrition plan and tried out solid foods. Couldn’t get enough solid food calories down. The first of my calorie deficit lows ensued. Kept smiling. Loop time unknown.
|Photo Rob Lahoe. See still smiling!!|
Theory: Night time starts after you finish the first leg of this loop. Carry a super-strong headlamp (200+ lumens). Don’t slip. Float over roots. Cheer on other runners. Smile. Maintain same nutrition plan. Don’t eat food off the ground. Don’t eat the half-rotten strawberry guava’s all over the course. Smile. Prepare to race the 5th loop. Run a perfect 4hr loop.
Actual: Left Nature Center and almost immediately dipped into the worst low yet, stopped caring about position and walked slowly forward. Night fell, turned on headlamp that I borrowed from a volunteer. Discovered headlamp was maybe 40 lumens max, but was grateful to have a light. I think I was floating over roots? I couldn’t see them. Latched onto other runner and talked with him to help me out of my low while also secretly using them for their headlamp. Got direly hungry for solid food…Found some old cheetoh’s squished on the middle of the trail, devoured them. Found semi-rotten strawberry guava, devoured it. Continued to fight off bad lows. Got headlamp eventually. Fell back to 3rd place. Still smiled. Ran a less than 5hr loop! (I think…)
Theory: Summon the power of rooty-jungle gods and consume all human souls left on the course!! Aka become Gary Robbin’s for that last loop. Don’t eat, don’t drink, don’t salt ain’t nobody got time for that. Who are you? YOU’RE GARY ROBBINS!! Don’t forget to smile either.
Actual: Summoned the power of a lethargic snail crawling through peanut butter. Fell asleep for 10 minutes atop the first climb. Wearily walked with another runner and fought off another nutritional low. Went back to original nutritional plan from loop 3. Everything went back to normal. No more lows. Realized 1st and 2nd were now roughly an hour ahead of me. Felt like an idiot for sabotaging my own race. Kept smiling. Finished 3rd. I’M NICKADEMUS HOLLON!!
Theory: Stick around watch other runners finish. Attend the HURT 100 banquet. Get made fun of by Jeff and John. Receive a sweet custom-made Ukulele as your prize. Get swollen ankles. Struggle to walk from security to your gate at the airport.
Actual: Stuck around to watch others finish. Attended the HURT 100 banquet. Got made fun of by Jeff and John. Received a sweet custom-made Ukulele as my prize. Got swollen ankles. Struggled to make it from security to my gate at the airport. (+10 extra points if your girlfriend dressed up as a Limo Driver and picked you up from the airport).
Alright and thus my % error calculation:
700 (total theoretical points) – 575 (total actual points) = 125 ÷ 700 = 0.178 x 100 = 17.8%
My race was 17.8% error, totaling 82.2% a B- for this year’s HURT 100.
If you're looking for more of my comedic ultra-running escapades click here and check out my HURT 100 Post-race interviews in this video.
and of course some random photo's from the trip because Hawaii is amazing!