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Ryan Miller Pre-2022 Canyons by UTMB 100k Interview – iRunFar


Ryan Miller needs one other crack at racing the Western States 100, and so he’s working the 2022 Canyons by UTMB 100k for a type of coveted Golden Tickets. In our first interview with Ryan, he talks about his background with collegiate and post-collegiate working, the slippery slope into path working, and the way he’s particularly ready for Canyons 100k race day.

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Ryan Miller Pre-2022 Canyons by UTMB 100k Interview Transcript

iRunFar: Meghan Hicks of iRunFar. I’m with Ryan Miller. It’s the day earlier than the 2022 Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB 100k. You’re going to race tomorrow, Ryan.

Ryan Miller: Oh, I’m so excited. I’m simply amped with power. I went and ran alongside… I ran throughout No Palms Bridge this morning and simply might really feel the power beginning to construct.

iRunFar: Nicely, that is my first time assembly you, and iRunFar’s first interview with you. I’d like to know somewhat bit about you. You’re Texan?

Miller: Mm-hmm, yeah. I reside in San Antonio, Texas. So, South Texas. Not mountainous in anyway, and doubtless only a few path runners, not less than on the elite aspect that come from Texas. However I’m proud to characterize. I ran collegially at Texas A&M College, and ran on the roads for a couple of years after graduating in 2015. I’ve certified Olympic Marathon Trials twice. The final two years, simply wished to hunt out a distinct problem, one thing that was distinctive and I by no means skilled earlier than. That introduced me to ultra-trail working.

iRunFar: How did you discover the paths? Do you’ve gotten a selected story of assembly any individual or making an attempt one thing, or what was it like?

Miller: It actually began with the Bandera 100k. I ran in 2021, however earlier than that I reside… San Antonio is like an hour away. Most individuals in all probability fly into San Antonio for it. I knew the historical past of it, that it was a Golden Ticket race. In my thoughts, I form of wished to make that my first one. After the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials, I reached out to my now coach David Roche, and advised him like, “Hey, in 9 months’ time, my objective is to run the Bandera 100k. I need to make that my first extremely, and do very well there.” So, I set my sight on that for 9 months. Had a child midway via that, my first son-

iRunFar: Wow.

Miller: In July.

iRunFar: Oh, wow.

Miller: Yeah. That was actually… It was actually simply coaching for that, and that was when the pandemic was occurring. So, I raced the Moab Path Marathon as my first path race ever. Earlier than that had a horrible time.

iRunFar: Was that 2020?

Miller: 2020.

iRunFar: Nicely, you picked like a very troublesome path race to start out with.

Miller: It was so robust. I used to be getting misplaced, as a result of I used to be not ready for the Slickrock, all of the arrows pointing you had been to go. I’d cease and have to go searching.

iRunFar: Search for the flower arrows. Yeah.

Miller: Yeah. I believe Adam Peterman beat me by about half-hour that day. Within the marathon, that’s quite a lot of time.

iRunFar: That could be a actually… I reside for a part of the 12 months in Moab, and that’s troublesome as a path race goes, for my part. 

Miller: Yeah. Yeah. Particularly your first one.

iRunFar: Yeah.

Miller: That’s for certain.

iRunFar: You probably did that as coaching for Bandera 2021 then?

Miller: I did. I did. Yeah, simply to get my ft moist. It was the USATF Championship, which I’d been on that circuit on the roads for the years prior. So, thought that’d be an excellent one to attempt. Possibly some folks ought to have warned me, such as you, earlier than I jumped into that. But it surely positively whet my urge for food for what the paths might carry. That was why I signed up. I didn’t enroll as a result of I believed I’d win [the] Western States [100] my first day trip or one thing. I signed up as a result of I knew it could be a problem, and one thing that may push me past what I’d skilled on the roads earlier than. It definitely pushed me that approach.

iRunFar: Now, do you are feeling such as you’re a full path convert now, or are you crossing backwards and forwards and doing… I imply, clearly you need to practice so much in roads for the place you reside, however are you racing on the street nonetheless?

Miller: No. No. I do need to qualify for the Olympic Trials in 2024. So, I’d in all probability run one other street marathon the subsequent two years to get there, however I believe my sights are set on getting extra experiences on the paths.

iRunFar: Received it.

Miller: There’s a lot variety on the market, which is what I like. You possibly can run the London Marathon or the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, it’s a fairly comparable expertise. Completely different quantities of individuals, however you’re on the street, it’s comparatively flat. Right here, UTMB, Canyons, Western States, Bandera, I’m simply naming a couple of of in all probability hundreds of experiences you will get on the market. That’s what I would like, like have some enjoyable adventures with it.

iRunFar: You ran Bandera 2021, obtained a Western States Golden Ticket, got here right here final 12 months.

Miller: Yeah.

iRunFar: I don’t know your story. What occurred right here final 12 months?

Miller: DNF.

iRunFar: Okay.

Miller: Nicely, I made it to mile 55. I wished a DNF at Robinson Flat. The story is-

iRunFar: Ouch.

Miller: I advised you I’ve a younger son.

iRunFar: Yeah.

Miller: He was born in July 2020, so he was about 11-months outdated after we obtained to Western States the subsequent 12 months. He goes to daycare, in order that they’re round different youngsters who’re sick on a regular basis. I wakened the morning of Western States and my eyes had been crusted shut-

iRunFar: Oh, no.

Miller: … with eye boogers.

iRunFar: Oh, no.

Miller: I might barely breathe out my nostril, and simply felt horrible, but-

iRunFar: You bought a child illness.

Miller: I did. Who is aware of what… It wasn’t COVID. I made certain I examined detrimental earlier than the race, as a result of I don’t need to give that to anyone else. However simply unhealthy luck with that. I gave it… I imply, I used to be right here. So, it was, “Go on the market and do one of the best you’ll be able to.” It was a very robust day. Truthfully, embarrassing in a approach. I wished to place a greater foot ahead. However on the similar time, you’re sick like that like… I ran 50… Or walked and ran 55 miles after I might barely see out my eyes the morning of.

iRunFar: Aw.

Miller: I used to be pleased with that effort. However I need to be again. That’s why I’m right here at Canyons, as a result of I need to be again on that beginning line.

iRunFar: You need a Golden Ticket tomorrow?

Miller: That’s it. Yeah. I imply, before everything end, have a enjoyable day. However yeah, I don’t assume I’d be at Canyons if it wasn’t a Golden Ticket race.

iRunFar: We talked off digicam that you just did the Western States Coaching Camp forward of Western States final 12 months. You got here out to your personal kind of mini-training camp earlier than Canyons this 12 months. So, you’ve seen issues entering into each instructions. How have you ever wrapped your head round tomorrow’s race?

Miller: It’s quite a lot of climbing, that’s for certain.

iRunFar: There’s quite a lot of climbing.

Miller: The primary day of my coaching camp, I did the Foresthill to China Wall segment-

iRunFar: Oh, wow.

Miller: The toughest section of the course. It moist my urge for food for what’s to come back. I believe I used to be taking it straightforward, so I had extra within the tank however I averaged like 11 minutes a mile on that. I used to be like, “Nicely, that is going to be…” That was coming in contemporary.

iRunFar: “This can be a factor.”

Miller: Yeah. I ran sooner the final day of the camp on the identical route, which I used to be actually pleased with.

iRunFar: Huh.

Miller: However I do know what to anticipate. I need to get to Foresthill feeling like I’ve so much within the tank left. I received’t be stunned if I’m an honest methods off the lead at that time, as a result of Golden Ticket race, everyone’s… women and men are burning sizzling at the beginning.

iRunFar: Individuals are going to exit actual sizzling, particularly as a result of it’s so runnable so early.

Miller: Yeah. Yeah. It truly is. I imply, whether or not I discover myself up there within the high three, high 5, high ten, I do know the race goes to occur within the second half. That’s the place I would like to-

iRunFar: Be.

Miller: Be. Yeah.

iRunFar: Yeah. We now have been getting experiences coming down out of the hills immediately that there’s some situations up there after the storm of the final couple days. You’re Texan, the place it possibly snows a few times in a lifetime.

Miller: I imply, final 12 months we had snowpocalypse for per week. I believe that ready me for the subsequent decade of snow.

iRunFar: Okay.

Miller: However I’ve by no means shoveled snow in my life.

iRunFar: Yeah, that’s proper. You had… and everyone’s pipes froze and energy was out. Yeah, you probably did have snowpocalypse.

Miller: Oh, yeah. They’ll’t clear the roads. We had no electrical energy for like per week. We had been like, “How are we going to maintain our child heat? That is scary.”

iRunFar: Wow.

Miller: However after I did the coaching camp, there was patches of snow up there. So, I form of understood, if there’s snow on this path or it’s moist, how’s it going to really feel. I believe I do know what to anticipate. However I imply, until any individual drives up there immediately, I don’t assume any of us working the race tomorrow know precisely what it’s going to appear like.

iRunFar: Yeah. Yeah.

Miller: Yeah.

iRunFar: All proper. Nicely, better of luck to you in your uphill run. I hope you earn the Golden Ticket to then have the downhill run.

Miller: Thanks, Meghan. I admire it.

iRunFar: Good luck.

Miller: Thanks.

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