Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Training for and Running 100K: Not Easy, Not Impossible

Part of the Pemberton Trail, McDowell Regional Park in Fountain Hills, AZ site of the Javelina Hundred 100k
Two weeks ago I flew down to Arizona to participate in the Javelina Jundred 100K put on by Race Director Jamil Coury of Aravaipa Running. It would be a unique way of celebrating my 40th birthday. I don’t like regular parties with DJs and sweaty people, but I do like TRAIL RUNNING PARTIES with DJs and sweaty people! 
I have not yet even begun to process the entire experience; it was so varied, soul-searching, physically and mentally difficult, AND phenomenal. My actual race report will be up on my blog soon, but I wanted to pass on some things I learned in my training and during the race. 
You must train.And you must train hard and long. 100K is, for me, an enormous distance to cover—there are tons of people who do multiple 100-milers and even some crazier folks who do 200-mile races but this was HUGE for me. 
I spent most of my weekends over the summer and in the early fall doing long runs and races to train my body to not only be able to do distance, but to even CRAVE it. I did the Tortoise and the Hare Hourly Ultra in Canton, Georgia, the Catamount 25K in Stowe Vermont, the Finger Lakes Fifties 50K in Hector NY, the Montour 12 Hour Run in Danville, Pennsylvania, and the Georgia Jewel 35-Miler in Dalton, Georgia. This was in addition to countless miles spent on my own both on pavement and on the trails. 
I knew that in order for me to be able to finish my epic journey, I would have to do run lots of miles consistently to get the body accustomed to being used and abused for hours on end. 
It worked! 
Read the rest of this post on my blog in Women's Running Magazine! 


  1. You are absolutely awesome! I love you! I like this "TRAIL RUNNING PARTIES with DJs and sweaty people!"))

  2. I would have to train all summer just to do 100k on my bike!!! Incredible accomplishment. Your fans in Texas are in awe ❤️

  3. You are so inspiring, Mirna! I only wish I could be as committed and disciplined as you! I'm hoping to do my first 100 mile race next August and I'm absolutely excited.

  4. Wow, you just put my half-marathon goal into perspective! I am into week 2 of training (event is in July) and I have NEVER been a runner, but I have to say I am loving it so far! I can't wait til the snow is gone (I am in Ontario, Canada) so I can get outside. What do you wear running? Running shoes feel awful to me, I love my vibrams. Thanks for the inspiration, I shall be following along!