Nike Trail Team’s David Laney is fresh off an 8th place finish at the 2015 Western States Endurance Run. After a quick recovery he has refocused on the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a grueling 100-mile trail race across the Alps starting and finishing in Chamonix, France. To prepare for the high altitude mountainous terrain, Laney came to Mammoth Lakes to explore the trails in the Eastern Sierra.
Congratulations on Western States. How do you go from running a grueling 100-mile race and quickly turn around to train for another?
I think running two or three 100 milers in a summer is pretty challenging, so I am just doing two. The week after Western States I rested a lot, iced a lot, and spent an hour a day on the foam roller. I didn’t do much. I only ran three or four miles every day because you gotta keep it really easy. The recovery went really well this year, so I was able to get back to training in about 10 days. Now training is going really well. I felt like in a month I was pretty much back.
If recovery went really well, do you attribute that to the fitness you were in leading into the race?
A big part of it, I was maybe a little bit under trained, or not undertrained, but correctly trained. Last year I was very over trained; going into Western States I was already really tired, so the recovery took a long time. For three months I felt really, really bad. This year I had more miles under me, so I was more prepared to recover quickly.
Read the full interview on the Mammoth Endurance Crib blog.