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4, 3, 2, 1-

4 days filled with checklists and equipment gathering. Talking to other ultra athletes, making sure he has enough support crew. Stressing out about the bad air quality where we live because it makes it hard to breathe let alone go for a 30 mile training run.

A John runs post

Hello everyone! The Bear 100 is knocking on the door!! It is just 4 short days away….

4 days filled with checklists and equipment gathering. Talking to other ultra athletes, making sure he has enough support crew. Stressing out about the bad air quality where we live because it makes it hard to breathe let alone go for a 30 mile training run.

A hundred mile race is not the occasion to under prepare and The Bear is absolutely no exception. The preparation and packing make the difference between a hope of making it to the end and the final step over the finish line.

Migthy Goods article – 15 ULTRARUNNERS SHARE HOW THEY PACK THEIR RUNNING BAGS. Gives great advice from seasoned runners. “Packing for an ultrarun isn’t as easy as it might seem. As with any other packing job, it’s difficult to choose what to bring. You also don’t want to risk ending up with a bag that is heavier than necessary – or risk missing that wonderful jacket in the mountains!”

The race begins in Logan Utah and ends in Garden City (Bear Lake) and can be grueling. There are aid stations set every 7 miles or so for the runners with food, water and medical supplies.

Crew is allowed to be at certain aid stations, so John is carefully planning on what to put in his bags and where to put them. We are coming down to the wire and I will update you on John (with pictures) and the Race in 4 Days!

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As you can see from the (unnecessarily gigantic) picture of John’s Strava, He has run 717 miles, climbed 64,905 feet and spent approximately 116 hours and 57 minutes (since he started tracking on the app after 2017 rolled into 2018) that is 7017 Minutes!!

100 miles, it’s huge. It just is, the the mental, emotional and physical toll has been and will continue to be substantial. It is a huge test of will, endurance and sheer grit. To all who try, whether or not they reach the finish line, I applaud you. You are the crazy, brave lunatics that inspire all of us to run a little harder and go a little farther.

Carry on!!!

-Apria

Some music to help you move your feet and get your blood pumping!

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