David Theriot will be joining me on the show today and his go all in attitude leaves many a person speechless.
His first organized race was a full marathon and his first ultra was a 100 miler.
I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with David Theriot today.
Rehab With A Goal
David Theriot was never a runner growing up.
While in high school he was on the wrestling team and only ran when he had to.
Prior to running, David was largely focused on jiu-jitsu, a form of martial arts.
In 2009, David tore his ACL while training.
As a form of motivation, he set an arbitrary goal to run a marathon within a year of his injury.
David had never even run a 5k race prior to setting this goal.
The longest he had ever run was 7 miles.
Once he got the all-clear to run, David began training for the marathon which would be his first official race.
Drawn To The Process
With the guidance of a local track coach, David completed his first marathon.
The race was not without pain, but he completed it and was drawn to continue running.
David enjoys the races themselves, but he also enjoys the process of training.
Following the marathon, David set his sights on a 100-mile race.
David knew he was capable of completing that distance with the right training.
David has found that overconfidence can lead to stupid mistakes.
Regardless of how well trained he is for an ultra, the race will always hurt at some point.
David gets through the pain by recognizing that it is temporary and will pass.
This Is What I Do
David often uses mental tactics to help him get through the rough patches.
One mantra that he has found useful is, “As miles get longer, I get stronger.”
It is helpful for him to acknowledge the pain is there but doesn’t let it consume him.
David experienced yet another setback when he injured his knee while on a trampoline.
Patience and the addition of strength training aided in his recovery.
Though David does most of his training on the roads, he finds the trails to be therapeutic.
Double The Miles
David enjoys running 100-mile races so much that he signed up for and ran a 200-mile race this past year.
Double the miles meant that the highs were higher and the lows were lower according to David.
His finish time was over 73 hours and in that time he was exposed down to the core.
David experienced a whole new level of fatigue that was new to him.
He learned many lessons about how he can improve (when) he decides to run another 200 miler.
Though he has no plans to run that far in the immediate future, David still has other challenges in the works.
Before the end of the year is over, David is planning to run 100 miles on the treadmill.
The “dreadmill challenge” will be a good mental test for himself.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Baton Rouge Beach Marathon
- Cajun Coyote Ultras
- Tahoe 200
- Arkansas Traveller 100
- Dreadmill 48 Hour Endurance Challenge
David Theriot goes all-in when taking on new challenges. From his first race being a marathon to his second race being 100 miles, fear of the unknown doesn't stop him. He trusts the process and keeps moving forward. Click To Tweet
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