An Easy 5-miler & My Hardrock 100 Predictions!

Last night’s 5-miler was supposed to be a tempo run, but it turned into an easy 5-mile run that actually felt hard.

My left achilles was tight from the very first step and never quite felt right. I stopped to stretch a couple times and it felt better but not perfect. That’s what I get for taking so many days off of running!!

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The sky minutes before sunset was pretty spectacular unlike the way my achilles felt.

It’s okay though, even with a tight achilles it still felt so right to be back on the run and in marathon training mode.


All throughout the run I couldn’t stop thinking about the Hardrock 100 which takes place this weekend! If you’re not into ultrarunning, you’ll probably want to skip this next part where I completely geek out over the race.

Literally every single one of my favorite ultrarunners is either racing or pacing this year. You bet I will be obsessively following along! 

Last year Scott Jurek paced Seb Chaigneau to a first place win and second fastest time on the course!!!! Seb finished in 24hrs and 25mins covering 67,984 feet total elevation change over the 100 miles. INSANITY. 



Scott is my main man and Seb is in my top 5 favorite runners of all time, so this is the duo I’m rooting hard for. 

Seb always seems like he is the happiest runner on the planet. He’s had some injuries this year, but I’d love to see him return to top form this weekend.

Other runners/pacers I’m super excited to track:

To understand why this race is so exciting for me, you have to know that my Favorite Runner List looks like this:

  1. Scott Jurek
  2. Anton Krupicka
  3. Kilian Jornet and Timothy Olson tied
  4. Seb Chaigneau
  5. Ann Trason

Ann is retired from racing, so literally ALL of my favorites are doing something in this race!

The Hardrock 100 has a lottery system to get in (even for the elites) so the fact that all of these guys got in during the same year is just crazy. It’s going to be an epic race!

I really, really, really wish Anton had gotten in this year too. He would have been a favorite to podium and everyone knows Anton loves a competitive race over tough terrain.

Anton ready for his pacing duties. Photo: Ultimate Direction.

Anton (posing with Byron Powell of irunfar) ready for his pacing duties. Photo: Ultimate Direction.

If Kilian has a great day he could definitely win AND beat the course record which is basically considered unbeatable (unless you’re Kilian).

That would mean that Seb doesn’t win which would be a bummer, but I’d be so happy for Kilian who is a once-in-a-generation type athlete.

Kilian crushing it on a Hardrock training run. Photo: Jordi Saragossa.

Kilian crushing it on a Hardrock training run. Photo: Jordi Saragossa.

Kilian is quite literally the Lebron James (or Michael Jordan if you prefer) of mountain ultrarunning.

Anyway, if you are interested in Hardrock 100 at all tune into this weekend for their live coverage! I will be obsessively staring at the site waiting for updates. Running really needs to be televised!

If you don’t check the site, I just might tell you who won on Monday… 😀

Allez Seb! 

What do you think of 100-mile races? Total insanity or sounds kind of interesting? 

Do you wear your Garmin as a normal watch during the day, or do you only wear it during a run?

PS: If you are into ultrarunning, check out my Guide to Finding Ultrarunning Inspiration Online!



  1. cheryl
    July 10, 2014 / 8:26 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I will be geeky too, and constantly check for updates…makes me want to watch ‘Unbreakable ‘ again. I have been listening to the podcasts on Trial Runner Nation–I like Sally McRae–She finished in the top 10 at Western States. I don’t know if she is running this one…Anyway, she contributes to the podcasts there a lot and always is funny, happy and very willing to give out training tips. She just had a podcast about her first Western States…great to listen to on a run!

      • cheryl
        July 10, 2014 / 11:35 am

        I will, thanks!!

        • cheryl
          July 10, 2014 / 12:03 pm

          Great read! After losing myself in clicking on related links, it was mentioned that some runners have done “Soft Rock”–running the course over several days, while camping etc. That would be very intriguing…

  2. July 10, 2014 / 9:26 am

    We have a lot of ultrarunners here in Bend, including Max King and Stephanie Howe (have you heard of them). Stephanie just took 1st place at the Western States 100 a couple weeks ago – very cool! Ultra running fascinates me. I could never do it but am in awe of those who can.

    • July 10, 2014 / 10:54 am

      Stephanie kicked butt at WS100! I had not heard of her until that race and then I read so much about her. I see a lot of these runners on a daily basis in Boulder. They are out for a measly 10 mile weekday run in the foothills and I am out killing myself on a trail run in the mountains. But we are in the same place.

      • July 10, 2014 / 11:30 am

        ^ This is one reason why i wish I was rich enough to live in Boulder during the summer (and fort lauderdale during the winter) 😀

        Although I would probably embarrass myself if I came across Scott or Anton during a weekday run.

        Kristen, I do know of Max King and Stephanie Howe! I read Stephanie’s blog, she is awesome!!!!

  3. July 10, 2014 / 10:34 am

    So sorry your Achilles was acting up, but you did the right thing by modifying your run. Those pictures out over the beach are gorgeous, so jealous lol. Great info on Hardrock, I’m going to be watching online for sure.

    I think 100 milers are awesome but the 68k of elevation change is what scares me lol.

    How did you know I wear my Garmin everywhere!!

    • July 10, 2014 / 3:21 pm

      Definitely! I think hardrock is considered the toughest 100 miler in the US. It probably doesn’t even hold a torch to the races in europe though!

  4. July 10, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    At this point, you can run an easy 5 after taking some time off. Remember how even thinking of a run as “easy” was laughable?! Or when 5 miles – especially after time off – seemed impossible?! I’m glad you got back out there and felt good, even if your Achilles was still tight!

    • July 10, 2014 / 3:22 pm

      You are so right! Actually last night as I was getting close to home I kind of chuckled and remembered the first time I ran 5 miles after work and how crazy that was to me!

  5. July 10, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    To me, a 100 mile race rounds insane, but if I was a distance runner then it is probably something that I would totally want to do. Those that do it are inspiring!

    • July 10, 2014 / 3:26 pm

      It sounds insane but kind of in an intriguing way, right? Like … if I did that I would be a total badass for life!

  6. July 10, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    A 100 mile race would be insanely awesome!! But, I don’t think it’s in the cards for me lol. I want to do the Man versus Horse 50 miler here in AZ (that’s the highest I’d go). A local running race company also puts on a 100 miler called the Javelina Jundred. If I was to EVER maybe I’d do that one??

    I love your running geekness!!! I learned a lot from this post 🙂

    • July 10, 2014 / 3:24 pm

      Same here — 50 miles is the highest I ever plan to go. Although I was talking to an ultrarunner just a little while ago and she said once you do a 50-miler the itch to move up to 100K and 100 miles becomes extremely strong and I can definitely see that being true. I just don’t think I could run for 24+ hours and I’m not fast enough to get it done quicker lol

      • July 12, 2014 / 12:40 am

        I can definitely see how that itch would be there. Ugh. .. Runner probs lol!

  7. July 10, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    My supposed tempo runs always turn into easy runs haha I’m just not good at tempo runs, especially if I’m running by myself. I don’t follow the Ultra runs mainly because I’m insanely jealous of how much they can run haha jk I think it is amazing and I need to start following it more!

  8. July 10, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    Wow you will have fun following that race! I think 100 miles are crazy. 50, no. 100, yes. To me it sounds like an injury/illness waiting to happen… but I know the people who run them train very hard and are very serious so they are ready for the physical burden. I don’t wear a watch and I would never wear my Garmin except for running because it is too big for a normal watch.

  9. July 10, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    Wow, sounds an exciting race – I can understand why you’re pumped! 100 miles, wow, that’s FAR! People are incredible and amazing. (I don’t think I could ever do it though…)
    Sorry to read re: your massive delay at the airport, that sucks, but your trip in Vegas looked awesome!!
    Ahhh, feel like I’ve missed so much in the past week hey, oops…
    Oh, I don’t usually wear my garmin as a watch but when I’m travelling without a phone or computer then I do to use it to obsessively check if I’m running late for my train/plane etc. (I’m not, always there way too early, lol…)

    Go Seb! (On your behalf, I am still pretty clueless in the ultra world, but maybe I’ll look further into it this year…)

  10. July 10, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    Oh – I wish I was going to be around this weekend to watch – maybe I can catch parts!!
    I just read a bloggers recap of her Western 100 experience – she was 4th and did it in 19 hours something – pretty impressive except her goal had been 18:11 so she was disappointed.

  11. July 10, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    Great job on getting back out there! I always find the first run back tough. I dealt with a tight left achilles after I did a hilly 25k race this winter. I had to run flat routes for a while and tape it to run, but it healed after a while.

  12. July 11, 2014 / 7:13 am

    Hope your legs are feeling better! Isn’t it amazing how the body acts – 5 miles can feel so hard and the next day 10 miles is a breeze! I will wear my Garmin on runs only.

  13. July 12, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    I love all the run geekyness! I learn a lot from you. I am so fascinated by ultra events. I think somewhere inside I really want to try, but then I think about how tired I felt after 13 lol I do love trail running and tend to take it easy on trails maybe one day….