Eric Schranz is co-host of Ultra Runner Podcast. They’ve interviewed many ultra runners including Scott Jurek, Hal Koerner, Anton Krupicka, Meghan Arbogast, Rory Bosio and a ton others. Eric has finished the Bryce 100 and a few other “unofficial” 100s. And if you’re a beer lover, head over to the URP website. Click on beer reviews where Eric gives his thoughts on a variety of craft brews.
Knowing all that you know now, what would you tell your young self that was new to ultras?
Take it easy. No need to rush this. Success in this sport is found in patience. There are people who’ve been doing this for 20 years and are still figuring it out. Chiiiilll.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is training for their first 100 miler?
A few things. First, figure out why you’re doing it and get that in your head. “Finishing a hundred” for a bucket list is a pretty weak reason that you’ll easily talk yourself out of after 75 miles. “Screw my bucket list” sounds pretty good when you’re on tired legs, your undercarriage is chapped, you want to sleep, eat pizza, and drink beer, and it’s freakin cold outside.
I’d also highly recommend doing a few runs that have you severely mentally fatigued. Not necessarily long runs, but stay up really late one night watching a bunch of movies, sleep for an hour or two, force yourself out of bed, and run past sunrise. It really fucks with your head and you don’t want to get caught off guard. As I wrote in my “what i learned” piece, it’s not the distance that’s tough, it’s the time.