Articles by Cory Reese

When It’s Cold and Dark Inside

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, I watched the news in terror. I saw the number of positive cases growing exponentially and after a few nights, it all became too much. I broke. I laid down in bed and felt hot...

The Mayor of More Cowbell

I’ve got a fever. And the only prescription is More Cowbell. The More Cowbell Trail, to be exact. Southern Utah is a largely undiscovered mecca of trail running. Wide desert vistas. Rolling slick rock. Trails skirting th...

Top 10 Ultrarunning Movie Lines

There is mounting evidence that ultramarathons are creeping into the realm of Hollywood. Ultrarunning’s influence on the silver screen is subtle, but if you know what you’re looking for, the evidence is unmistakable. As...

Belt Buckle Etiquette

Upon finishing a 100-miler, we often receive a shiny new belt buckle. Now what? I concede that my approach to wearing belt buckles may be all wrong. For years, my personal philosophy has been that a belt buckle deserves...

Tips to Avoid a Mid-Race Divorce

In the enlightened words of the iconic philosopher Kelly Clarkson, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I’m at least 81% certain Clarkson was referring to running an ultramarathon with your spouse. What I think sh...

The Beginning and the End of a Streak

Maybe it was peer pressure. Maybe it was sleep deprivation. Maybe it was the fact that Death Valley’s heat had cooked my brain like a piece of bacon on a skillet. It was probably a combination of all those things. But wh...

Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse

Last Annual Vol State 500k in 7 easy steps:1) Park your car at the finish line and board a bus with other runners.2) Drive the course in reverse to the start line.3) Run/walk/crawl 314 miles through the states of Missour...

Fast Food: An Untapped Resource

The fuel that I used to use while running was pretty traditional like Tailwind, Mountain Dew and fruit. But that all changed when I began training for the Last Annual Vol State 500k. This 314-mile jaunt across Tennessee...

The Couch-to-100-Mile Training Plan

Sometimes life gets in the way of training. Sometimes there are family or work obligations. Sometimes it’s an injury. And then sometimes, it just boils down to the naughty “L” word. That’s right. Laziness. Your bed is ju...

A Marathon at the Ballpark

On a March afternoon in Minnesota, the greatest event in running history took place on a modern-day Field of Dreams. Iconic races like Western States, the Boston Marathon and Badwater pale in comparison to this new quint...

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...