Articles by Cory Reese

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...

Perfecting Your Jump Shot

Above all else, I believe that running should be two things: 1) A perfectly legitimate justification for the combo meal at In-N-Out Burger, and 2) Fun. I’ve come to realize that one of the best ways to sprinkle a dose of...

Welcome to the Club

I am a member of a special club. You pay the membership dues with grit, tenacity, stubbornness and courage. The members of my club understand each other on an unspoken level. We feel each other’s pain. We relish each oth...

Clowning Around

In southern Utah, our summer temperatures regularly resemble standing on the surface of the sun… while wearing sweat pants. Because of this, I have more than my share of experience running in the heat. I know tricks to m...

Short Loops

There’s a Dating For Dummies book. There’s a Personal Finance For Dummies book. Next thing you know, there will be a Binge-Watching Downton Abbey For Dummies book. But in all my research, I’ve never found a book called R...

Solo Hundo

I circled the high school track, loop after loop, hour after hour, mile after mile. For 100 miles, to be exact. It was July in southern Utah, where summer temperatures feel like you’re standing on the sun. The high was 1...

Monument Valley

Maybe it was the Native American prayer spoken by a Navajo leader in the predawn light before the start of the race. Maybe it was the sense that I was running right through the middle of a John Wayne movie. Maybe it was...