Geoff Roes Quotes


A desire to win is one of the reasons I love to compete with other runners, but it is certainly not the main reason. Winning is instead just really sweet icing on the cake of the competitive experience.
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At any rate Western States should be a really exciting event to be a part of again this year. It's been fun and exciting to start thinking about it a bit more in the past several days. But it's also really fun and exciting to be back here in Juneau where there are so many enticing places to run that I'm much more excited about where I'm going to run tomorrow than any runs I have planned in the future.
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At some point thus the question becomes: why race at all then? I'm still not to the point of seriously asking myself this question. I still get a lot of satisfaction from competing with others at something we've all put so much time and effort into. 29 days out of 30 I prefer to just be out running through the mountains at a mellow pace, exploring the terrain around me, but about once a month it's really fun to line up and push myself physically and mentally in conjunction with and in competition with dozens (sometimes hundreds) of other like minded folks.
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Certainly on 100-milers you are burning off a lot of fat as your fuel. I know some runners will go out on five-hour runs and not eat much of anything during the run to get the body used to running on stored energy, but I kind of take the whole opposite approach of just training very similar to racing.
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Certainly you can 'train' in this way no matter where you live, but here in Juneau everything is kind of closed off in an idyllic little bubble, and it's pretty easy to escape the pressure, stress, and anxiety of competitive running and of many things in life. This combined with the challenging terrain and the thriving running community makes Juneau the perfect place to prepare for a race like Western States.
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Depending upon the trail and conditions, I expect to be on a 50 mile course between 6 and 9 hours.
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Doing the races is almost a secondary thing for me. It's really more about running every day.
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For me I think I end up a little burnt out mentally before I even start a race when I focus on one specific event for too long. I operate a lot better when my most important run is my next run and not some run several months in the future.
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For me it's like just taking some down time. I've raced 10 races in 10 months.
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For me, the easiest way to have a sustainable and healty relationship with running is to constantly remember how simple it is.
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I don't care to try to compete at high levels, like my highest potential.
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I don't ever planned tempo.
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I don't feel like a pro runner, and the sens that it feels like a job by any means.
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I don't plan any kind of workouts.
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I felt surprisingly good and it's always fun to win.
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I got a definite plan in mind. I'm doing the Iditarod Invitational Race up in Alaska next February. It's 350 miles. I've attempted it twice and dropped out both times. So I'm going to take another shot at doing a really long one.
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I got to run all day. I felt really relaxed and really content pretty much all day. I didn't run very hard, but I never really slowed down either. I took a lot of time at aid stations. Not because I needed to, but because everyone was so friendly and fun to talk with that I didn't want to leave.
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I just go out run and see what happens. I don't take anything for granted.
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I just love to do lots of, slow, kind of strenght building, endurance building type training, lots of terrain, ups and down, and I pretty much never do, like speed specific stuff.
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I just try to eat a lot, as much as I can, all the time.
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I like to be in good shape so I can cover a lot of ground, kind of explore.
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I really focus on building just strength and endurance. I do a lot of long runs, but also do a lot of really steep vertical and a lot of runs where a lot of times when I'm out, I'm just hiking, because it's too steep to run.
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I really like a mixture of the races. I really like some of the big, high focus, maybe high pressure type races, combined with some lower key races.
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I really like knowing and understanding the land, especially the land surrounding the area that I'm living and that I choose to live.
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I think 'home' is more a state of mind than an actual place. Right now Juneau is home. 2 weeks ago we were in Colorado and I felt entirely at home.
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I think a big part of why I feel so satisfied by being in this area, or really I've never lived since I've been running in the mountains so much, it's just feeling that familiar with the whole surrounding area, makes it easier to have... compassion for the place that I'm spending all my time.
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I think it's really important when learning things from other runners, or from experiences in running, play with those things for ourselves for a while, and incorporate it in our running, and see if it works, and if it doesn't work, be totally willing to let go, and not feel like you need to run 180 miles a week because Tony does, or drink beer at aid stations because Dave does.
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I think it's so important in the longer stuff to manage and to focus on the low points, because you gonna have these really extreme low points in almost every race.
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I think of myself as just a runner. I enjoy getting out, exploring, exploring my surrounding area, that definitely my primary interest in running.
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I think some people have a tendency to want to copy what other people are doing, too much. But at the end of the day, it's just running.
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I think something that makes people really strong runners is keeping that perspective of how simple it is.
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I think ultras are in this extreme growth period right now. At some point, it's going to slow down. At that point ultras will be in a more sustainable spot. In terms of what that will look like, I don't know.
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I think what separates Juneau from most other places I've run is just how many great trails there are that lead almost instantly into very wild places.
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I travelled to France for the UTMB and caught a cold, plus had an unfulfilling race experience.
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I want most of the climbing done before the temperature makes it to 80 degrees.
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I was really trying to have a good solid run today to get my confidence back.
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I'll be running, but not with any kind of focus on training until next month.
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I'm doing a lot of just really rugged mountain runs with lots of vertical. That's what I enjoy the most, anyway. It's not a conscious decision; it's just more of what I enjoy doing.
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I've developed a style of running that works for me and so I haven't tinkered much with going all that minimal or doing much barefoot myself. But doing some barefoot running does force you to run with a pretty efficient and logical stride and form. If you can use that as a tool and not overdo it, I think it's a great thing.
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I've had some tough races I've won and I've had some easier races I haven't done as well in.
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I've just been running day to day more than I ever have. Even now, with the race at the end of this week I find myself thinking more about what run I'm going to do tomorrow than the run this coming weekend. This might sound like a careless and crazy approach to such a highly contested race, but I've had more fun than ever training for this race, and the more the line seems to blur between training and racing the more I seem to enjoy all of it, and the better my races seem to get from a performance standpoint.
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In Juneau, you can start a run from the middle of downtown and within 5 minutes be in the type of remote wilderness that in most places you can only access with several miles of driving and another several minutes of running.
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It makes it easy to get excited when you love the product. I've finally found the shoe I wear to train and race.
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It's been over two years now since I last trained with any serious structure except for the structure that is a lack of structure.
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Juneau has a lot to offer beyond trail running.
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Last year I won Western States. This fact has potential to put a huge amount of pressure on me this year. So far I haven't felt too much of that pressure. I'm planning to do everything I can to have a good race, but I think a big part of this will be how relaxed and laid back I remain about the whole thing. In many ways I think my ability to do this has become one of my biggest strengths as a competitive runner.
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Maybe the 2 hours in a 100 miles race when you're feeling really crappy, if you can deal with that, I think that you can reasonably maybe run, that stretch, several minutes faster per mile that you might otherwise if you're not prepared for that.
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Mostly I just want people to tap into the idea of becoming stronger runners by deeply enjoying their running. The number one aim of this camp will be to have fun while we are out traveling by foot through one of the most beautiful places in the world.
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My next race is always 'the race of my life'.
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My whole approach to nutrition on race day and after my runs is to try to get my body to process carbohydrates so consistently and efficiently that I try to burn as little fat on runs as possible.
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No matter how low key and unestablished a race is, the next race I'm running is always where the majority of my focus is going to be.
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Now that Western States is creeping closer and it now is my next race, I imagine a bit of pressure, both self imposed and through other people's comments/expectations, will slowly creep in over the coming weeks. I think being back in Alaska will help with this.
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On having low points during a race : You need to accept them, they are part of it.
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On having never lost a 100-mile race : Probably my ability to manage all the kind of intangibles, maybe we can see non-running aspects or running, managing the low points, maybe stubberness to an extent.
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On his training: I don't ever do a certain amount of mileage...For about last 2 years, I've been running totally on feel.
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On Juneau, Alaska : Once you're up there, it's a lot of rolling ridge lines with the most amazing views in every direction, and then a big drop at the end to get back down to town.
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On Juneau, Alaska: It's so easy here to focus on the next run rather than on a run that is still almost two months away.
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On minimalism and the barefoot running movement:I think it has a place. I think there was a lot of hype that has spun out of it. It has gone kind of way too far for a lot of people who are probably overdoing it in terms of jumping into it without approaching it with a little more discretion, patience, and caution. I haven't done much with it.
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On pressure to continue winning 100 mile races:I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel any pressure. But I think I feel less pressure that I did initially. When I first starting ultras, I started having success right off the bat. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I felt like if I didn't win every time I raced I was sort of a failure. I really don't feel that way about it at all any more. I'm gong out on Saturday to do everything I can to win this race. If it doesn't work out that way, there are thousands of reasons why that could not happen. I feel like I'm pretty prepared to accept whatever the outcome is.
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On running : It's such a simple thing, but yet, there's so much of a culture, a community, and inner-connectedness around that simple thing.
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On Western States 100: Seriously, the amount of time I've spent thinking about this race so far this year compared to last year has been almost nothing. Not sure if this is a good thing, a bad thing, or simply just a different year/different thing.
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On Western States: for now I'm thinking mostly about the Juneau ridge run that I'm probably going to do tomorrow morning, but come Saturday morning all of my focus will be turned to running from Squaw Valley to Auburn as fast as possible.
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On Western States: I want this race to feel as much like just going out for a long run in the mountains all day as possible.
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On why he runs ultra-marathons: I don't know. I just love being on the mountains, and spending a lot of time outside.
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Right now Western States is the most important race to me, but only because it's my next race, and this has me getting more excited and focused on it than I have been all year.
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Success is having sustainable and healty relationship with running.
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The competitive version of my running is not something I foresee myself doing really long-term.
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This compassion is a huge part of why I feel so drawn to running out in the mountains and through beautiful and wild places. I think a lot of us run for these reasons, but it was really cool to have this recognized and encouraged just moments before starting on our journey.
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This is my second season with Team Montrail, and it's been a great experience.
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To be honest with you, I've been so focused on my day-to-day running for the past several weeks that I haven't even really thought about any of the expectations of Western States this year. Right now, I'm thinking a lot more about the run I hope to do tomorrow than Western States.
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To me competition is about the collective experience much more than it is about trying to win at all costs.
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To me the most intriging thing about running is : running is like the simplest thing, it's like eating food. You're taking a step, and then another step. Some people do it for a 100 miles, other for 24 hours.
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Training with a specific focus and purpose of trying to be as fast as possible on a given day at some point in the future feels so shallow and silly to me when compared to simply going out and doing the run that feels the most logical, enjoyable, and appealing on each given day.
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When I race, I try to consume as many calories as my body will process. I sort of will do the same thing in training. I'll go out and do a five-hour run and I'll eat 1500 calories during the run.
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When we truly come to enjoy our running we become stronger runners without even realizing it. Beyond this, I intend to share all kinds of technical and theoretical insight and experience with everyone in the camp. Most of this stuff I will keep on a more informal, conversational basis so as to not distract from the main focus of becoming stronger runners through nurturing a simple enjoyment of our running.
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