Western States 2013

Escarpment. Photo Luis Escobar

My Western  States 100m Race Report on iRunFar. Thanks to iRunFar for putting it up and all the live coverage on race day!!!

Western States was another incredible experience, I love writing my reports and re-living the day. I’m not the finest writer out there, but I speak what I feel and in doing so my goal is to put you in my shoes while you read, taking you through my day and how it unfolded.

First off I want to thank my amazing sponsors who are helping me make my dreams come true. The North Face has been incredible team to be apart of, I look forward to growing with them as I keep exploring the world. Natura Health Products keep me strong and healthy, adapting to the rigors I put my body through daily – I’m so stoked that this local company from Ashland, OR has my back. And of course Injinji, my little piggies have never been happier, that blister I used to always get between my big and second toe is no more and I am quite happy for that.

My hats off to Craig Thornley on his first time Race Directing Western States, you did an outstanding job and I love your enthusiasm for our sport. Also, a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers and staff that make WS happen so successfully each year; so many people are apart of this and work long long hours to make it flawless, I am so blessed to be able to run it these past 3 years.

Congrats to all the WS finishers and participants. Just showing up and giving your best is all you can do, I hope you all had a great experience.

Also, thank you to everyone there and afar cheering me on and sending positive vibrations; friends and family who support me and encourage me continually, it pushes me to give everything I’ve got.

Finish. Photo Shahid ALi

Great moment! Photo: Shahid Ali

And finally thank  you to my crew; running WS is a team effort and I could not do it without all of you, you all made the day perfect (Krista, Tristan, Bob, Debbie, Amber, Dom, Chris, Aaron, and Shahid)! Dom and Renn with their mad pacing skills, it was a pleasure to run with you both; you get to witness all the good and weird stuff! Krista, you are amazing and give me the strength to push on, thank you for always being there and supporting me.


The crew post race. Thank you!!!


Love these two! Photo: Shahid Ali

Products used before and after race.

The North Face



Pre-race Breakfast

Race food

  • 1-Justin’s Hazelnut package in first hour.
  • VFuel, 1-2 an hour. I love the peach cobbler flavor, but use all 3.
  • Sierra Mist with ice after 50 miles. Not sure how much I used, but I would drink at aid stations and then fill up one water bottle with it when I saw my crew.
  • Salt caps, 2 an hour for most the day. One an hour the last few hours.

Music – Western States mix, I used on my ipod shuffle the last few hours

  • Lake house – Of Monsters And Men
  • Into the WIld – LP
  • Thrift Shop – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • Can’t Hold – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • Little Talks – Of Monsters And Men
  • Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  • Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams) – Daft Punk
  • I’m a Thug – Trick Daddy….lol, dont judge me, I thought it was perfect to go from this to MMMBop
  • MMMBop – Hanson
  • Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • Hold On – Alabama Shakes
  • Get by – Talib Kweli
  • King and Lionheart – Of Monsters And Men
  • Forest Whitiker – Brother Ali
  • Comback kid (that’s My Dog) – Brett Dennen
  • 40 Day Dream – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Hey Hey Hey – Michael Franti
  • Be – Common


Trail Hippy. Photo: Luis Escobar

Post-race interviews and articles

The family and I will be hitting the road for the next few months, I’m always looking for new and good sponsors that don’t compete with my already existing top notch sponsors. 😉

Thanks for reading and I’ll continue to update as we hit the trails…cheers!

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11 Responses to Western States 2013

  1. Nik D says:

    Am I missing the race report? The part about the run? I see all the products, songs and thanks. But can’t see the race /run report ?

  2. JordanM says:

    MMMMM Bop! Good job! The race looks so grueling.

  3. Kurly says:

    Hey from South Africa!

    Well done on the WS! Looking forward to your running going onward and upward.

    Happy trails


  4. Thanks for mentioning (almost) all of your gear and nutrition, it really helps those of us who are aspiring ultra runners to see what the pros use and eat/drink.

  5. David says:

    I’m curious…with your transition from PI to TNF, what shoes are you running?

  6. HeatherD says:

    Thanks for sharing so much detail. I’m training for my first ultra in September so I’m experimenting and learning all that I can. I’m intrigued by fueling with the hazelnut butter at the beginning. I love it and had never thought of using it as fuel for some reason. I think I will be testing that one out on my first long run.

  7. Curtis says:

    Congratz on an amazing race. I spent all Saturday tracking the race on twitter from Wisconsin cheering you on the entire time. You’ve been a big inspiration. I was wondering the same thing as David… what shoes did you wear this year?

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