Articles by Cory Reese

Glass-Half-Full Perspective

Maybe my finish at the race had nothing to do with my dad dying. Then again, maybe my finish at the race had everything to do with my dad dying. I ran the Red Mountain 55k in southern Utah and when I reached the aid stat...

Dear Mile 68

Dear Mile 68, Hey it’s me, Cory. I’m writing this letter because I have such a hard time communicating with you in person. We’ve had a pretty rocky relationship over the years. I’m always excited to sign up for a race be...

10 Stages of Running an Ultra

It is difficult to explain to a non-runner what it’s like to run an ultramarathon. How can you possibly put into words the excitement, the highs, the lows, the torture and the triumph of such an audacious pursuit? Here’s...

The Ultramarathon Juggling Act

Finding a balance between ultrarunning and life is kind of like trying to juggle a spinning chainsaw, an angry cat and an oily bowling ball. Because of the time demands of family, work and training for something as audac...

Badwater

I’M NOT SURE EXACTLY whereit was in Death Valley when the switch flipped for Andy. Maybe it was at mile 31 when Andy sat on a cooler on the side of the road vomiting a rainbow of Oreos and Tailwind into the darkness. May...

The Spirit of Western States 100

At mile 99 I kept glancing at my watch. I heard myself whimper, “Am I going to make it?” The sun was radiating fire so hot that I swear I could hear my skin sizzling. I was so tired that my eyes were begging for a moment...

Embrace the Nudge

If there’s one thing that scares me, it’s flying in airplanes. I hate them. If there are two things that scare me, they are flying in airplanes and getting my blood drawn. I have this pesky little habit of passing out wh...

An Ultrarunner’s Guide to Sea Sickness

I have run ultras in the mountains. I have run ultras in the deserts. I have run looped-course ultras. I have run an ultra across Death Valley. I have run solo ultras. But there was one glaring omission from my previous...

48 Hours in Vegas: Ultra Style

Here was our pitch to the family: you can run when you want to. You can walk when you want to. And you can rest when you want to. You’ll get to hang out with some really cool people. You get a medal at the end. And the a...

The Nutella Doctrine

Let me tell you what isn’t an effective ultramarathon fueling strategy: chili dogs. Two gigantic chili dogs. Considering that a theme of this issue is race fueling, noting what fuels don’t work is at least as important a...

A Finish Line Requires Commitment

There is a scene in the Oscar-worthy film Dumb and Dumber when Jim Carrey trades in a dog-shaped van for a child-sized moped to drive across the country. In a look of seeming disgust, Jeff Daniels looks over at Carrey an...

Destination Hitchhiking

There’s something about standing on the side of the highway in Iceland hitchhiking with your wife that has a way of bringing you together. We stood there in the kind of storm where at any moment it will literally start r...

Spouses That Run (and Eat Mid-Race Fried Chicken) Together

I’ve been waiting for a good opportunity to tell you about my wife Mel. It is fair to say that Mel has a love/hate relationship with running. Approximately 3% is love. And the other 97% is hate. So you can imagine my sur...

Mental Training for Upcoming Adventures

My friend Scott came out of his camper holding a paper cup. He handed it to me and said, “Here, do you want to drink this?” I was immediately suspicious. Judging by the slightly yellow tint of the liquid, it looked like...

It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Amazing

Billy Joel is an amazing musician. And I’m completely prepared to fist fight anyone who believes differently. Earlier this year I watched Joel perform his song “Miami 2017” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. As he wa...

Facing Life’s Battles

I’d like to think that the characteristics needed to run ultramarathons can translate to other areas of everyday life. The attributes of determination and perseverance are important to finish a race, and I was able to ap...

When Race Expectations Collide With Reality

As I’m writing this article, I will be starting a 100-mile race in less than 24 hours. I am not a stranger to this beast called the Zion 100 with whom I have a brunch date scheduled tomorrow. I’ve run the race many times...

The Views Have to Be Earned

Not too long ago, my family and I took a trip to Disney World. If eating five theme park churros in one day is wrong, I don’t want to be right. While I enjoy whiplash-inducing roller coasters and outrageously priced chur...

One Plus One Equals Three

I once heard someone say that two horses pulling together can pull more than the sum of the two horses pulling separately. I found the idea intriguing and went to the internet to see if this was true (because of course e...

Not Almost There

“I think I might throw up,” I heard Shacky mutter during the steep climb. My friends Vanessa and Shacky and I managed to make it to the top of Gooseberry Mesa without anyone throwing up (or dying). The climb to the top o...