Articles by Cory Reese

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...

Trail Feast

My wife’s idea of a perfect vacation is to find a spot on a beach to inhabit and soak up the sun for the weekend. I can take about an hour of that before I start to go stir crazy. My idea of a perfect vacation involves e...

The Pieces of the Puzzle

This morning, my alarm clock was an inconsiderate jerk. It rudely started squealing at 5:00 a.m. like a wailing newborn infant. My wife and I threw on our running clothes, then headed out the door. On the schedule today:...

Family Vacations and Ultras

A while back, our family put on our tourist hats and went on vacation to California. We saw how astronauts go to the bathroom at the California Science Center. We tried to pet Jaws at Universal Studios. And we ate ridicu...

Badwater

I suppose I was drawn to Badwater, described as “the world’s toughest foot race,” for much the same reason that I was once compelled to stop and eat at a food truck that advertised “the world’s largest corndogs”: the cha...

Suffering to Become Stronger

If I were pinned down and forced to choose a single image that portrayed the grit, difficulty and triumph of ultrarunning, it would be a picture of my friend Jared Thorley after finishing his first ultramarathon, the Ult...

Tricks of the Trade

Sometimes the best lessons about ultrarunning come from that race when your feet simultaneously give birth to seven gigantic blisters, you run out of water, you bonk with 11 (or 72) more miles left to go, and the best yo...