Rockin the Black Canyon 100k

Runner: Jeff U

Years Running: Since 4th grade track – it’s been awhile…

Age: 32

Upcoming races: Nothing on the calendar; waiting for the 2018 ultra lotteries

Current goals:
Sub-24 at Western States (also getting in would be nice); getting into and running UTMB; finally putting together a solid mountain 100

Long-term, big shot goals that you someday hope to achieve with running:
Qualify for the Boston Marathon; run a marathon or greater in all 50 states

Tell us about your running accomplishment that you’re most proud of and why:
I’m most proud of my PR at the Umstead 100 for a couple reasons – 1. Coach Matt U. paced me to where my last lap (8 x 12.5 mile laps) was my second fastest lap of the 8 – it was my most consistent and steady pace for an ultra to date. 2. I finished 8th overall which has mentally made me a more competitive runner. I tasted the top 10 (even though it wasn’t a super competitive field), and each race since has me thinking past merely finishing.

Favorite part about being a runner:
Most of my favorite places on the planet were discovered from randomly exploring trails. I love being able to access places on foot that most people don’t even know exist.
Eating whatever I want isn’t so bad either.

Best races:
100 miler: 18:33:00 Umstead 100, Raleigh, NC – 2017
50 miler: 7:37:39 Nashville 50, Nashville, TN – 2010
Marathon: 3:12:44 Monument Marathon, Scottsbluff, NE – 2017

Running words of wisdom:
It’s going to hurt no matter what – just try to maintain the minimal level of hurt for as long as possible and then try to keep it together until the finish.