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Eric Strand is a lean running machine. He has completed 35 marathons (including 5 Boston finishes). He ran the grueling Leadville Trail 100 Ultramarathon in 29:13:46. While training for this event he was able to raise over $14,000 for the Life and Hope Fund which helps cancer patients.
In this episode we talk with Eric about what it takes to run 100 miles in less than 30 hours. This interview uncovers the nuts and bolts of ultra endurance running. Trevor and I ask Eric about his training, pacing, fueling, support crew, and gear.
Best of all, we look at the mindset necessary for ultra-running. Even if you never plan on running 100 continuous miles this lesson in mental toughness will be beneficial for your running journey.
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- The town of Leadville, Colorado, is 10,152 ft above sea level
- Because of its elevations it is called, “The Race Across the Sky”
- Start time is at 4:00 a.m.
- You must finish under 30 hours to get a belt buckle. Finishers under 24 hours get a silver belt buckle.
- On this out and back course runners must climb Hope Pass (12,620 feet) twice.
- There is 35% less oxygen at this altitude.
- Runners must climbed over 15,000 accumulative ft (3 miles straight up)
- Temperatures can swing 50 degrees in one day.
- Pacers are allowed for the last 50 miles
- This year 1100 runners registered, 802 started and 358 made it to the finish line.
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