In a recent interview you said you’re interested in discovering “how fast a human can run 100 miles.” Why does this interest you?
It is mostly born out of curiosity. My interest has somewhat evolved since I ran my first event like this at the Desert Solstice Track Invitation in 2013. That day I was targeting the 100-mile American record. I had some success there, breaking the American 100 mile record with a time of 11:47:13.
After that race, I began looking more into the history of fast 100-mile performances. I found that the current world record holder, Oleg Khartinov, had it with a time of 11:28:03. I was optimistic that I could get my time down near that with the right training and race. This led me to become curious about exactly how fast I could run 100 miles in general outside of the current world record, which fed into the curiosity of what the limit of human potential is for an event like this.
Essentially, it left me with two goals: the 100-mile world record and where I could personally get to. In all honesty, I think we have the talent in the North American ultra community alone to dip well under 11 hours for this event. My hope is that some of the performances I have had will generate enough interest to really see what is possible.