Balance


Our race is kind of unusual. It’s a hundred miles from point to point. 100.2 I have to have a constant dialogue with
my wife about making sure we know who’s watching the kids at what time, and who’s
gonna go get in a run at what time. Don’t ask for IV’s because if you get an IV you’re out of the race. Just establishing balance is always difficult
because we all just have so many competing priorities in our life. I just
have found that, for me, I just try and give the most I can to what I’m doing at
that time. Use those streams to keep yourself wet, lots of ice. It’ll help you stay cool. It’s gonna be one of the hotter days that we’ve had. Wouldn’t want it to be easy. Family is my priority so I try to keep
that in the forefront of my mind, and I think having a relationship with my wife
and kids is more important than any belt buckle. Spectator: You got this. You’re running strong. Spectator: Real ’em in! (cheering) 4-3-2-1 (Gunshot) (cheering) Trying to balance a career and
family life with ultramarathon training isn’t as hard as a lot of people seem to
think it is. Because really, even at my peak training weeks I’m only running
about 15 hours a week. Since becoming a parent and starting a demanding career, I’ve prioritized three things in life which are family, work, and running; and
had to cut out a lot of other things. But, if I’m willing to focus on those
priorities and make sure that I make time for them, no matter what, I find that
I can do it. In my day-to-day life, my top priority
has to be my family and second after that has to be my job, and running as a
distant third behind those two. But, I found that almost any week of the year I can find time to make it happen and get in my training if I commit myself
to doing it. Training for ultramarathons isn’t
exactly easy but, for me, I don’t think that not having enough time is a good
excuse very often. I find that, if I commit myself to making time for it, and figure out creative ways to build into my schedule especially by using running
for transportation to commute to and from work then I can make it happen,
even when I’m really really busy. Not having enough time in a week
isn’t a valid excuse for me, if I want to get it done then I can get it done. And,
it requires a lot of coordination with my wife Stacey and constant
communication about it. And it requires me to sometimes do runs that aren’t what I would prefer to be doing if I could pick any type of run to do, like running
on treadmills a lot, and running to and from work with the backpack, but if I’m
committed to getting it done then I can almost always find a way to make it happen. Establishing balance is always difficult
because we all just have so many competing priorities in our life I just
have found that, for me, I just try and give the most I can to what I’m doing at
that time so whether it’s work at the time, just giving the most I can to that
part of my day, or whether it’s running giving the most I can to charging up the
trail, or even just in a relationship spending quality time with a person. I
think it’s just kind of giving the best you can to that element of your day. Honestly I don’t think it’s that much different than a normal couple, I think we’re really supportive of each other so I think it is kind of nice to know
somebody is going through the same thing as you are, and I think that element of
it gives me comfort because I know that Zach will be up ahead of me, and I
know I want to get to the finish line as quickly as I can to kind of tell him
about the race so while it’s a little difficult not having him there to run
with me and pace, me it’s just nice knowing that he’s actually in the race
as well. Western States is one of the ultimate challenges so just, I think I’ve run the gamut here: I’ve not started the race, I’ve not finished the race, and I’ve
been able to finish in the top ten a couple times so for me, it’s kind of the
ultimate challenge just to see what I can do on that day. When I think about crossing the finish
line at Western States, I feel this overwhelmed sense of satisfaction that
I’ve made it that far, and also I just feel the sense of relief.
Just kind of crossing that finish line on the track to me, is is one of those
feelings I’ve made it. I crossed the finish line. I made it the whole distance.
It’s definitely one of the best feelings that I’ve had. This race is very special because it’s
such a great opportunity to test yourself against some of the world’s
best.I think it’s just great to be in an environment where you’re against such good competition and just see how you’re able to problem-solve and get through all the
obstacles so this race is pretty challenging because typically there’s
the element of heat, there’s the element of climbing, the downhill aspect is
challenging so I think just trying to figure out how to master all those
components makes it a really interesting race. I am a husband, and father, and a social
worker, and a runner, and I try to kind of balance all of those things. Family is my priority so I try to keep that in the forefront of my mind. To train for ultramarathons, I don’t want it to infringe upon my
family too much, and so I will go running early in the morning, or late at night after
the family goes to bed. I try to kind of I try to kind of get them involved with my running too, and I’ll invite them when I go out on training runs, and a lot of times they’ll
say no but I still keep asking. I think it’s important to keep family
right there on top of the priority list I also stay pretty busy with work as a
social worker, and so running sometimes involves a lot of juggling and trying to
fit miles in when just, just when it’s convenient and I would say I probably don’t run as many miles as a lot of people who are training for ultramarathons, but my goal is to just finish races. I think it’s really important to
eat healthy. I think it’s important to get the nutrients, and vitamins that you
need to sustain, and so I really try to do that. I eat really healthy but I also
balance that out with a pretty good-sized sweet tooth. Right now I’m so excited. I think about
the Western States 100 all throughout the day. I picture myself
suffering. I picture when it’s gonna get hard. I know it will, and I I try to see myself working through that, and I think that when I
make it to the finish line, it’s gonna feel like such a huge achievement and
I’m really excited to see what that feels like. 3-2-1 (Gunshot) (cheering) (cheering) Spectator: Yeah Nicole, great job. Volunteer: Great job, Welcome to Forest Hill Volunteer: Don’t let me sweep you! Pacer: We have to be there in 3 minutes! Son of a b****. It’s right at cutoff, hurry up Cory! Yeah, Cory! It’s gonna be tight. (cheering) Pacer: Come on, now! Pick it up! Volunteer: 20 seconds. Pacer: Cory, we’re 2 minutes under. Thank you guys. (cheering) Spectator: Come on! (cheering) 3-2-1 Announcer: And with that, we’ll have reached the conclusion of the 2018 Western States Hundred for a successful day. Announcer: New course record, new record for the oldest finisher ever, new record for the oldest ever female sub-24. The Western States 100 is brutal, and hot,
and hilly, and dusty, and incredibly beautiful. To make it work I have to plan
and be consistent in implementing my plans that make it possible to fit
everything I want to fit into any given day, and any given week. Like balancing life, giving your best from one aid station to the next, and how do I make it there, just kind of giving your all for that portion.

20 Comments

  • Awesome video, awesome shoes 🙂

  • Love it. More of this please 🙂

  • I want to be sponsored by Altra. I will contact you when i do some Ultras. I have been using Altra since highschool freshman year of xc ☺️. My max is 14mi right now at senior year. I run to meditate. I cant wait to run 100mi. You better sponsor me Altra its my dream, if not ill run 200mi😂

  • I want to be sponsored by Altra. I will contact you when i do some Ultras. I have been using Altra since highschool freshman year of xc ☺️. My max is 14mi right now at senior year. I run to meditate. I cant wait to run 100mi. You better sponsor me Altra its my dream, if not ill run 200mi😂

  • What a great video!!! Keep Them comming please

  • so inspirational…
    i to wantd to be a runner..
    thank u for inspiring

  • plss keep making videos like this…
    in such a harsh n. cruel world..
    we need such a dose of INSPIRATION

  • I am so ready for my knee to heal. I don’t know why but I’ve always been drawn to ultra running and I hope to be able to run an ultra marathon in the future

  • Great video. Right amount of time, like the variety of runners in skill and stations in life, engaging even shed a tear at the end. Kudos!

  • Awesome video from my favorite shoe company!! Keep it up and great job everybody!

  • Man this video really leaves you with no excuses… Just get out there!

  • "Just like in life, giving it your best, from one aide station to the next", I love that!!!

  • "Super important to eat healthy" Pulling a massive cheese burrito off the pan…

  • Great job on the video, and great athletes! I'm going to watch this video next time I need motivation. Please make more like this!

  • Bloody inspirational, so glad he made it within the time cut off.

  • Cory doesn't get an Altra shirt??

  • Such a great video. Stories like these help keep me inspired. Great shoes as well!

  • This video is very inspirational!! It touches on the reality that this is a life style, and one this company and it’s patrons embrace. I am a recent convert to Altra running shoes, not only for the great shoes but the tremendous community this brand supports and brings together.

    Thank you Altra and thank you Altra runners!!

  • Altra needs to do more Cory videos!

  • I dont understand you, why dont you have an organized catalog on your site???

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