David Laney

David Laney

After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?

I just like being alone and having quiet time on the roads or trails. 

How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?

I don't feel like running occasionally but I know I'm going to go. I never really consider not running. I usually run right when I wake up in the morning so It never really crosses my mind to not run. I usually just go out the door half asleep and then wake up by miles 3 to 4.


On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?

80 to 120, usually 7 days a week. 


You’ve mentioned feeling empty after finishing 100 milers. Do you feel this way after every race or just 100’s and why?

Yeah, I think for me it's pretty exclusive to the 100 mile distance. After other races I feel okay, but the body and brain are just messed up after working hard for that long. I wish I knew the science behind all that but I know my brain is funky after that much running. I'll get confused or my speech will be jumbled for moments in the weeks following a 100 miler. 


Which 100 mile race would you say is the toughest and why?

 They are all tough in their own way. I think the toughest 100 is the one you think you are ready for because you are never really ready to push yourself as hard as you do.


What does your weight training consist of and which exercise do you feel helps your running the most?

I do very little weight training, but I do a lot of push ups, sit ups, pull ups and general strength stuff that I can do without a gym.


Which 100 mile race would you say is your favorite and why?

 Western States and UTMB are the only two 100 milers I have run so my experience is very limited. Between those two I cannot choose a favorite. They are so drastically different and both are life changing experiences. 


What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?

I saw a Catholic nun turn into a tree, and a human-sized scorpion vanish before my eyes.  


Would you ever consider running the Barkley’s Marathon? Why or why not?

Haha...hopefully not. I like misery but...I don't know, maybe someday. 

What's your favorite types of fuel for running and why?

Coca-Cola! I also use Trail Butter and GU during long training sessions and races.

What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

Well my diet is probably pretty bad to start with so there really are no cheat foods. Or maybe it's all cheat food.


What is your recovery routine like after running 100 miles?

It really depends on the race. Sometimes it takes a few months, sometimes longer. The brain takes longer to recover than the body I believe. I usually try to keep doing some light running during the recovery phase, but sometimes I just sleep and rest or walk.

Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

Yes I love ice water. I like to swim in cold water. I go to a gym in Portland called Knot Springs that has a hot tub sized ice bath that you can fully submerge in after working out.

In your free time when you’re not running, what other hobby’s do you enjoy?

I like swimming in lakes and wood burning. I read quite a bit and bake cookies whenever there is a kitchen available. 

What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?

Go slow and go often! Just get out there! It will take time but be worth it.

What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

Probably the Waldo 100K in 2013. It was my first 100K, and my first time over 50K. 

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