Jun 8, 2018
Today’s interview is with Courtney Dauwalter, an Ultrarunner, who was the first finisher in the 2017 Moab 240….yes the first, not the first woman, the first finisher. She finished in a mind blowing 58 hours, 10 hours faster than the second place finisher. She was a DNF on her first 100 mile race and has been learning about mental toughness ever since.
We discuss how important it is to just stay in the moment, to relish the times when you are flying high and feeling good and not letting yourself wallow in the tougher things that happen along the way. During your training you have to learn to find those little things that ground you, whether they are quotes people have said to you, or listen to music, or whatever grounds you. Because doing math tricks you can do on a shorter race gets really hard on races like this.
We discuss running #nowatchme. Courtney ran cross country and did skiing in high school and her coaches worked with her to know the feeling of how a pace feels and just running by feel. She doesn’t use a watch or try to watch her paces or hit particular paces, she listens to her body and what it is telling her is right that day. She has a plan for a run for a day but lets her feet decide whether to veer off on a trail or a road, and let her body lets her know each day and at each turn which route to take. How it is also important being ok with those down days when you are just not feeling it and cut it short.
We cover her 100 mile race where she suffered vision issues and ran essentially blind the last 12 miles from what turned out to be a combination of nutrition shortages, contact lens use, and and corneal swelling from dehydration and debris.
We discuss why Courtney chooses to run in baggy men’s running clothing vs technical fabrics. How she napped for 20 minutes during the earlier parts of the Moab 240 and then 1 minute around mile 200 (her pacer woke her up) and how she felt completely refreshed and rejuvenated. It was cold, and it would not have been wise to stay still for long.
Have you ever hallucinated running? Courtney has and we talk about what it is like to have that happen in a race. And now her friends always ask her what she saw out there this time.
Courtney Dauwalter is a Colorado based Ultrarunner. She grew up with two brothers, where you compete for everything, because, well they are boys. She holds the American Woman’s 24 hour endurance run record at 155.39 miles, besting her own previous record. She is a full time science teacher
I’m either completely committed to what I am doing, or have a few screws loose, who knows.
If you push through the dark moments when everything hurts, you will find another reserve of strength you didn’t know you had. Know that a high is going to come again.
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