REI Presents: How To Run 100 Miles

  • Published: 13 February 2018
  • 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.

    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
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Comments • 1 447

  • kate chaste
    kate chaste  11 hours back

    "I hate mountains, I hate running, and I hate this f*cking sandwich" 😂

    • Mustakrakish
      Mustakrakish  17 hours back

      I just ran 2 miles in 24 minutes. Kill me.

      • Bob Johnson
        Bob Johnson  19 hours back

        I won’t complain after a 12 mile run again

        • Gray Valdez-Perez
          Gray Valdez-Perez  21 hours back

          I'm inspired😄 I'll be doing it solo though... I am not good at making friends

          • Indoor grass
            Indoor grass  22 hours back


            • Dominiks Weg
              Dominiks Weg  1 days back

              This is so strong and they are so tough guys, I love this ! Greetings from Austria

              • Spencer Whittle
                Spencer Whittle  1 days back

                What’s the music at the start

                • Charlie Zockt
                  Charlie Zockt  2 days back

                  I keep coming back to this video und rewatching it from time to time. And it makes me cry all the time. So inspiring! :-)

                  • Blowin Trees
                    Blowin Trees  3 days back

                    He doesn't quit

                    • Casy
                      Casy  3 days back

                      That's friendship!

                      • UltraLeap
                        UltraLeap  3 days back

                        How about 200 miles? It's actually easier than 100 (in some ways :-)

                        • Brendan Kelly
                          Brendan Kelly  4 days back

                          Nicely done!

                          • Ewhondens Kenel
                            Ewhondens Kenel  4 days back


                            • Kenneth Jacksack
                              Kenneth Jacksack  4 days back

                              I need a friend like Jayson

                              • John Donlevy
                                John Donlevy  4 days back

                                Super motivation for the regular runner. Totally relatable for those of us pushing ourselves to do things some think are unimaginable. Great perspective on how to get to that finish line. My favorite part of the video is warming up the burrito! We all have friends like that!

                                • Jordan Apple
                                  Jordan Apple  5 days back

                                  They should do the Leadville 100 next

                                  • Chris Abbott
                                    Chris Abbott  6 days back

                                    Love that atmosphere

                                    • bumble beeswax
                                      bumble beeswax  1 weeks back

                                      This documentary has the wrong title. It should just be called "Jason". And it was amazing.

                                      • Jackie Barter
                                        Jackie Barter  1 weeks back

                                        Love this. Well done, fellas!

                                        • Joey Sorris
                                          Joey Sorris  1 weeks back

                                          Dude awesome video

                                          • Bong-shik Lee
                                            Bong-shik Lee  1 weeks back

                                            I wish I could run with you guys!!! Inspiring story~^^

                                            • A millz
                                              A millz  1 weeks back

                                              Your moms the real marathon winner!! Shout out to the single moms. N congratulations on your ultra life!!

                                              • gomitolodilana
                                                gomitolodilana  1 weeks back


                                                • TNE Rambo
                                                  TNE Rambo  1 weeks back

                                                  How to run 100 miles: walk half of it

                                                  • Liam Tenney
                                                    Liam Tenney  1 weeks back

                                                    That was too good

                                                    • Wira Zainal
                                                      Wira Zainal  2 weeks back

                                                      I love your video....

                                                      • Nissan Yang
                                                        Nissan Yang  2 weeks back

                                                        This video makes me wanna start running Marathons.

                                                        • Jazmine Leigh
                                                          Jazmine Leigh  2 weeks back

                                                          This is so inspiring! Good job guys!

                                                          • Andrew Moses
                                                            Andrew Moses  2 weeks back


                                                            • Code
                                                              Code  2 weeks back

                                                              Best I can do is 3

                                                              • William Webster
                                                                William Webster  2 weeks back

                                                                funny as hell. thanks guys, i'm inspired to start running again.

                                                                • Ludwig E.
                                                                  Ludwig E.  2 weeks back

                                                                  But what do you do when at 32 you get diagnosed with adhd, thinking what Jason thought your whole life 'you can do anything' but always thought your own self is faulty because you fail at so many things and now you have an explanation for it. How do you get your spirits back? I now know it was never my fault.

                                                                  • Jeff House
                                                                    Jeff House  2 weeks back

                                                                    not gonna cry...not gonna cry...not gonna....DAMMIT!

                                                                    • stinglikeabee777
                                                                      stinglikeabee777  2 weeks back

                                                                      I'm not crying, you're crying

                                                                      • The Life of Meesh & Harvy

                                                                        Such a good film

                                                                        • Sumit Sharma
                                                                          Sumit Sharma  2 weeks back

                                                                          I had same emotions when I completed my first half marathon. I had knee injury, ankle injury, dislocated shoulder, lower back pain since last 6 years. But was able to overcome all. Only thing that pushed me is believe in myself. Congrats to both of you :) I guess I will shoot for marathon, then ultra and may be 100 miles in few years.

                                                                          • Irma Westbrook
                                                                            Irma Westbrook  2 weeks back

                                                                            I was training for my first marathon using this marathon training courses “Zοrοtοn Axy” (Google it). This book has a great training schedule and idea. If you are running a marathon for the very first time, you should try this informative guide. I have been running 5ks, 10k and half marathons and decided to take the next huge step to the marathon. .

                                                                            • Juliette Thomas
                                                                              Juliette Thomas  2 weeks back

                                                                              I gave this marathon training program “Zοrοtοn Axy” (Google it) to my running-addicted brother a couple of years ago, and he`s been following the training guide since then. A week ago, he took Fourth place in his age bracket in a Nationals-level 12k race. In case you are serious about marathons or other distance racing, this is the finest training around. .

                                                                              • krazymunky
                                                                                krazymunky  2 weeks back

                                                                                nickleback hero should of played

                                                                                • The HighCrew
                                                                                  The HighCrew  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Love that atmosphere song 👌🏼

                                                                                  • Dan Cheshire
                                                                                    Dan Cheshire  2 weeks back

                                                                                    11 hours in... still having lots of fun. LOL

                                                                                    • 89 Alpha
                                                                                      89 Alpha  3 weeks back

                                                                                      How to run through a 100 mile finish line..

                                                                                      have a friend drive you there.

                                                                                      • midgic egg
                                                                                        midgic egg  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Great video. Congratulations on finishing the race.

                                                                                        • Ame Y
                                                                                          Ame Y  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I followed this marathon training “Zοrοtοn Axy” (Google it) in my first marathon. I had been able to achieve my target of a sub-4 hour marathon. I followed everything with this training plan and also enabled me to race confidently to get through 26.2 miles. It is a good feeling in order to reach that goal. Strongly suggested for the dedicated runner. .

                                                                                          • Brian Martin
                                                                                            Brian Martin  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Very good

                                                                                            • Sile H
                                                                                              Sile H  3 weeks back

                                                                                              so inspiring

                                                                                              • nufuture
                                                                                                nufuture  3 weeks back

                                                                                                good one.

                                                                                                • RayisOkay
                                                                                                  RayisOkay  3 weeks back

                                                                                                  I really was not expecting to cry