So what does it take to run 100 miles?

So some of you might be wondering what is involved in doing a 100 mile run. Lots of running that’s what. No really I mean it. From my early research it’s all about time on your feet. Here is an example training schedule, note that this is the minimum one must do to finish a 100 miler. On top of all this running there is also warm up and cool down miles, stretching, core workouts, eating healthy and lots of rest.
As you can see by the training program it’s like the saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One piece at a time”. So with the running you start with low milage and slowly build it up. Training for a 100 miles is really no different from how most people train for a marathon. The one major difference is the back to back long days and those long days increase regularly. You just don’t go out and run all 100 on the first go. The rule of thumb for most all runners is to only increase one’s weekly milage by 10%. Any thing more and you increase your chances of injury greatly.
I’m giving thought to doing the Hundred in the Hood race. First I have to do a couple of other runs. The general consensus is you should run two 50k’s and one 50 miler. Most likely I’ll start running these longer events early next year, with my 100 miler later in the summer to early fall. Being that I’m not a runner I need to get a solid base of miles in my to condition my body and mind. Another thing I have to practice is running at night. Seeing is harder and the experience itself is different enough that without practice it will be a lot harder. I know from my 24 hour mountain bike racing that when the sun goes down it’s hard to keep motivated and one can’t wait for the sun to come back up. Once it does it’s amazing how your spirits rise with it.

So far I have the support of Superfeet, my wonder girlfriend (even though she thinks I’m crazy and she’s a runner), my friends, and hook ups from others like nuun and Feed the Machine.

As this blog progresses I’ll be figuring all this stuff out and keep all of you posted. For some of you it will be a window into a world you’ll never want to experience or maybe it will be a road map for others. Either way enjoy and feel free to ask me anything.



  1. Squiggy says:

    Sounds like an amazing challenge! I know a guy who ultra-marathons, and he has lost all of his toenails! He was in a bike vs car that nearly killed him, and during his recovery the only thing he could do was run. Good luck! When are you coming east?

  2. craig says:

    Thanks buddy. I already have my first set back from race #1. Slow and steady, slow and steady.