Chad Weller is a Miami-based ultra athlete and running coach. The Ohio native has been an athlete since he was a kid and competes in the 50k, 50 mile, 100k, and 100 mile races both in the US and internationally. This last year he finished his first 100 mile race, in the Florida Keys, and recently his second one in 29 hours and 44 minutes in the rolling hills in Mohican, Ohio. Ergodynamic has been talking to him about ultra distance, what motivates him and the challenges he would like to achieve in the next future.
How would you describe ultra distance?
Ultra distance is any distance over 26.2 miles.
How is the training involved for ultra distance?
Training is putting in a lot of miles. Mine mostly in trails, mixed with yoga and cross training, up to a 180 miles in a week. During the weekends I like to do back to back long runs 5 to 6 hours each day.
What would you recommend or what advice would you give to ultra-distance runners in order to avoid injuries?
I always recommend for ultra runners to listen to there body’s. I always work on my form, stride and technic. Understanding your Nutrition is one of the biggest ways to be successful, and run 100 miles.
In your opinion, is everyone capable of doing it?
I believe anyone can do it but it will take a lot of training and heart to get to the ultimate goal. Its no joke to go out and run for almost 30 hours straight.
What motivates an ultra-distance runner and how is his/her mindset?
What motivates me is me staying inspired every run. Running can be a very egotistical sport but I have found my tool staying inspired I feel has gotten me through every race and every run. Passion is key but when you believe you feel like you can help make a difference in someone’s life through just one step, or one race gives you energy and confidence that you will get through all the pain.
Do you think there is a limit in the human body?
Yes I believe there is a limit on human body but what that is I don’t know. I know I can go longer than 100 miles.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
My biggest challenge so far has been, as a Professional Ultra runner I have taken on harder races and longer races. I am also a running coach where I run with a lot of my client’s finding that balance with running is something I am still learning but it’s working-out great so far.
What are your next challenges you would like to achieve?
I am looking to start my own foundation for kids and family’s around the world. I work with Prevent Child Abuse America now planning some fundraisers. I am always looking for more sponsors to team up with. I am a motivational speaker as well,I really love getting across my story, this is a huge part of my running and staying true to myself. I will announce my next race in a few days.
Here is a list of Chad´s accomplishments and upcoming schedule:
• 1st in Age & 5th Overall – Everglades 50m 2014
• USA Track & Field Championships 2014
• Finisher – Keys 100m 2013
• Top 25 – Thailand 100K 2013
• 9th place – Keys 50m 2011
2014 Race Schedule:
• February – Everglades, FL 50 mile
• March – Palm, FL 50 mile
• April – Wild Sebastian, FL 50 mile
• May – Bear Mountain, NY 50 mile
• May – Down to Earth, FL ½ marathon
• June – Mohican, OH 100 mile
• August – Breckenridge, CO ½ marathon
• September – Romania, 100k
• October – Yellow Stone, WY 50 mile
• December – North Face Endurance Championship CA 50 mile