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In September 2017, I stepped up to the starting line of the Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, alongside my friend Jayson Sime. The race is a 102.9-mile ultramarathon with 20,000 feet of elevation gain, which is no small feat for a couple of guys who don’t know what they’re doing.

Jayson had talked me into it, and if I were to be completely honest, I’d say we were there to test out his life philosophy, which is basically that you can do anything you dream up, as long as you put in the work and refuse to quit. That ethic has worked for him in almost every other area of life, despite growing up in poverty, one of six children with no father, and dyslexia.

In the six months leading up to the race, we figured since we weren’t naturally talented runners, the best thing we could do is work hard. So we ran 50- to 70-mile weeks all summer, and went through a full range of feelings: fear, regret, sadness, FOMO, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, pain, and joy. And gluttony, which is not a feeling, but what happens after you run 20 or more miles. The chart below is a representation of a training plan for a 100-mile race (but if you’re really looking to train for a 100-mile race, you should find a real training plan online or in a book).

How did the race go? You can watch our film, How to Run 100 Miles, to find out. No spoilers here.

Directed and produced by Brendan Leonard

Co-Directors: Hilary Oliver and Aidan Haley
Editor: Aidan Haley
Cinematography: Brendan Leonard and Hilary Oliver
Animation: Brendan Leonard and Eric Bucy

Steamboat Springs Unit:
Director of Photography: Forest Woodward
Additional Cinematography:
Aidan Haley, Brody Leven, Syd Jones, Jayson Sime, and Brendan Leonard

Original Score: Cleod9 Music
Featured Performers: Ian McLeod, Peter Mulcahy, and Matt Sedivy
Audio Post Production: Scotty Beam/Cleod9 Music

Performed by Atmosphere
Written & Produced by Atmosphere
S. Daley for Upsidedown Heart Music (ASCAP) & A. Davis for Ant Turn That Snare Down (ASCAP)
Taken from the album When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Used Courtesy of Rhymesayers Entertainment, LLC

Run Rabbit Run
U.S. Forest Service
Meghan Hicks
Joe and Kathy Leonard
Cheryl Sime
Anders Norblom
Kate Duch
Paolo Mottola
Syd Jones and Debi Sule
Angie Lundstedt
Brody Leven
Christian Folk
Luke Nelson
Bodie Johnson
Jessica DiCarlo
Mr. Rider

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  1. WTG dude. Eff that guidance counselor, he ought to be ashamed.

  2. Great video and congrats on the 100!

  3. Loved to see the grit and the friendship.

  4. Atmosphere Puppets nice!!

  5. Wow, I had no clue there were people who set out to and then actually ran 100 miles. I ran two once.

  6. great video, tough 1st 100! Made me smile several times and was a great 30 minute distraction while on the treadmill. Probably one of my favorite ultra videos; again, great job on the finish and the video.

  7. Great video!

  8. If we don't run the day the day runs us! mad love from the UK, great running boys.

  9. Truly amazing, inspiring and heartwarming film! What an incredible story, guys. Congrats on the massive achievement!

  10. Congratulations on smashing your goal and an awesome video to boot!

  11. Great!

  12. AWEOSME!

  13. "Because I love suffering and running with your ugly ass."
    Love that response! Very inspiring video!

  14. love atmosphere

  15. Love, love, love this amazing friendship

  16. awesome

  17. Hey, we ran the same first hundred! RRR is a fantastic experience. Great to see a bit of what the 2017 race looked like.

  18. awesome!!

  19. I have tears on my eyes… I love run too… let's go to run…

  20. Absolutely awesome, really inspiring, thank you so much for sharing your adventure.

  21. This is proof positive that shared experiences are invaluable. Amazing journey and story-telling, thank you for sharing, this will be a story that you two will share for a long time to come…. So damn EPIC!

  22. Damn…raw turmeric root!? I just been mixing the powdered stuff with milk (bleaugggh!) I got tea try that!

  23. Loved, loved, loved this f**king movie!!!

  24. This was great! Thank you!

  25. LOVE this

  26. Totally nailed it. Perfect mixture of crazy, pain, grit, and emotions. This will either make everyone who views this want to run one or make people never try it. Either way, fantastic narration and depiction of what it takes.

  27. This was awesome. Thanks. So stoked to do my first 100 at the age of 40. #100at40

  28. This was awesome, very inspiring!

  29. Brendan and Jayson,
    you RoCk! You finished! What an accomplishment! I absolutely loved this video! I laughed and cried! Thanks for sharing! How long was your recovery? Ankle ok? Keep running together! You have a very special friendship. Good Luck in all you guys do!


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