Ru El’s Running 063 : Special Guest – Tony Portera | Finishing the 2015 Badwater 135 Ultramarathon

Ru El's Running #63 Tony Portera Badwater 135 2015

Image courtesy: Tony Portera

Tony Portera is many things. If you remember from listening to previous episodes #53 and #55 was in preparation for racing Badwater 135 also known as “The World’s Toughest Foot Race”. He’s back on the podcast to run through his 2015 race and finish through Death Valley to Whitney Portal.

Tony Portera Shares:

  • Stories of that day
  • Highs and Lows
  • Talks about the importance of crew
  • Activities leading up to race start
  • The #1 way to prevent chaffing
  • Playing games on the run
  • Nutrition in day-to-day living
  • Fueling strategy in his race
  • Five things to help you have a successful run
  • Much more

Podcast:

Check out Endurance Planet Podcast’s coverage of Tony’s friend Michelle Barton and her Badwater 135 experience: Badwater 135: Documenting The World’s Toughest Foot Race

Tony Portera and Serena Scoot Thoms. Image courtesy: Tony Portera

Tony Portera and Serena Scott Thomas. Image courtesy: Tony Portera

Quotes:

“If you can keep moving, keep moving.”

“Every step forward is one less step that you’re gonna have to take to finish the race.” – Tony Portera

“Every running experience you have, you should learn something about yourself. The course, the event, the environment and something about the other runners out there. If you can learn something in each of those categories you’d have a successful event.”  – Tony Portera

Tony Facts:

  • Running out of White Plains, New York
  • Husband and father of two.
  • Lawyer in commercial real estate
  • A veteran ultrarunner and has ran and continues to run prestigious events such like the Badwater 135, Jackpot 100, and Umstead 100.

Catch Tony Portera If You Can:


Visit www.vinnietortorich.com to learn about Vinnie Tortorich’s NSNG Lifestyle.

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Music of:

  • Luzius Stone/Fire In The Sky,
  • Jimmy Buffett/Change In Latitudes Changes In Attitudes,

Ru El’s Running 058 : Ultra Endurance Films | Shoulder Injury | Warm Weather | Potty Time

Never planned a movie review episode, it just turned out that way. Thoroughly worth watching. Lace up and enjoy!

Running America
Description: “Running America is a documentary film that will follow elite adventurer Charlie Engle (Running The Sahara) and the only person in the world to complete the Triple Crown of Extreme Sports, Marshall Ulrich, on their record breaking run from San Francisco to New York.”

Found it available on Hulu. Also found it on iTunes. Check out the trailer on YouTube.
Trailer URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS4f4FpJvXA
Hulu URL: http://www.hulu.com/search?q=Running+America
iTunes URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/running-america/id496776591

Finding Traction
Description: “Ultra Runner Nikki Kimball takes on the 273-mile Long Trail. What drives someone to attempt such an incredible feat? Follow Nikki’s journey from its beginning to her actual record attempt through Vermont’s beautiful but brutal Green Mountains.”
File website: http://findingtractionfilm.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU-tPO6ldvo
iRunFar review: http://www.irunfar.com/2015/02/finding-traction-film-review.html

Running on the Sun – 1999 Badwater 135
Description: “Forty runners compete in the most grueling race on earth, the Badwater. The film documents the trials and tribulations of these athletes as they run 135 miles through Death Valley in July and explores the motivations behind this seemingly masochistic contest. A celebration of the perseverance of the human will beyond the limits of the human body. – Written by Forrest Wright”
YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl3laLhbCsw

Quote:
“Fear is excitement without the breath.” – Gay Hendricks, So just breath and turn fear to excitement.

Health:

  • Sore shoulder. What does Ru have in common with Mel Gibson in the movie Lethal Weapon?
  • Abdominal ultrasound. A different kind of ultra event.

Family:
Getting kids moving as much as possible is a good thing.

New Affiliate:
Squatty Potty – It’ll change your life.


Visit www.vinnietortorich.com to learn about Vinnie Tortorich’s NSNG Lifestyle.

Visit www.glutenfreeanna.com for great healthy gluten-free recipes.

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Foo Fighters “Best Of You”
Luzius Stone “Fire In The Sky”
Ru El’s Running 055 : Special Guest – Tony Portera – Part 2 | Badwater 135 | Ultramarathon | Nutrition

Ru El’s Running 055 : Special Guest – Tony Portera – Part 2 | Badwater 135 | Ultramarathon | Nutrition

Badwater 135 Tony Portera

Part 1 with Tony Portera was fun. In part 2 the fun continues and we get to learn much more. We learn about Tony’s nutrition, fueling strategy, the wonderful people he’s worked and trained with, and in the end a rapid fire question round. Be sure to listen. Thanks!
Nutrition outside running
  • Follow NSNG (No Sugars, No Grains) lifestyle.
  • Eat when hungry.
  • Typical day:
    • Wake up, have a coffee with HWC (heavy whipping cream)
    • Might have BPC (Bulletproof Coffee) if have a 20 mile run.
    • Had a Fat Shake before the call consisting of  kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, chia seeds, and a scoop of coconut oil.
    • Sometimes an afternoon snack of cheese and salami. Maybe a salad.
    • Dinner would consist of steak, fish, or chicken and salad. Maybe some berries.
    • Almonds or sunflower seeds.
During running:
Still a struggle. On a fat-adapted lifestyle and fueling strategy, Tony can run 20 miles without eating anything, so unless 20+ mile training runs are a regular thing, there isn’t a lot of opportunity to practice fueling on the run.
Typically things to fuel with:
  • Vespa
  • PocketFuel
  • Justin’s Nut butters
  • Salami
  • Cheese
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Coconut oil
In his most recent Jackpot 100 performance, while employing a High Fat, Low Carbohydrate fueling strategy:
For 80 miles:
  • PocketFuel
  • Salami
  • Nuun for electrolytes
  • No bonk. No rush of sugar.
For miles 80 through 90s infused more carbs into system:
  • A few gels on limited bases
  • Pizza later in the race.
Result: It went well and Tony finished 3rd place overall. His personal best for a 100 mile race, and just under 19 hrs (18:58).
“Everybody is different. Experimenting is good.”
Some recommended fuels to try include:
  • Justins Nut Butters
  • PocketFuel
  • Generation UCAN Superstarch
  • Vespa
  • BRL Sport Nutrition Trifuel and Invigor8
“Adapting in ultra running is very important. Running an ultramarathon is all about goal adaptation.”
Fear the chair. Fear the van…Don’t get in the f*cken van!
“There’s nothing wrong with not finishing. Some of the greatest runners have DNF’d one point or another. Absolutely nothing wrong.”

Tony’s wrap up and special thanks:

  • The whole ultra community
  • Lisa Smith-Batchen
  • Ray Zahab
  • Zach Bitter
  • Vinnie Tortorich
  • Jamie Donaldson

All the people he trains with regularly including:

  • Aaron Heath
  • Elena Makovskaya
  • David Isaac
  • Van Cortlandt Track Club

All the race directors including:

  • Mario Lacerda
  • Chris Kostman
  • Blake Norwood

Included in this year’s Badwater crew:

  • Vinnie Tortorich
  • Serena Scott Thoms
  • Jason Obirek

Catch Tony Portera If You Can:


Visit www.vinnietortorich.com to learn about Vinnie Tortorich’s NSNG Lifestyle.

Visit www.glutenfreeanna.com for great healthy gluten-free recipes.

Check out more episodes of the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.

PLEASE go to iTunes and leave a nice review to get a shout-out on a future podcast episode!

While here be sure to check out the sponsor and affiliates:

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 Music of:
  • Luzius Stone/Fire In The Sky,
  • Jimmy Buffett/A Pirate Looks At 40

Ru El’s Running 054 : Run Update | Training & Injury | 91-Year Old Veteran Runs Across America


Shout Out:

Chris Rawlins for the jump rope challenges. Chris is a jump rope fiend and more. Stayed tuned. You may hear Chris on a future podcast.
Subscribe and stay tuned for next episode, Part 2 with ultrarunner Tony Portera. Listen to last episode Ru El’s Running 053 : Special Guest – Tony Portera – Part 1 | Badwater 135 | Ultramarathon
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Run Update:
Not much running lately. Am getting antsy and have missed a few days planned for runs. Time has been spent strength training and on a periodized plan towards a possible 50-mile run in October.

Running News:

Why a 91-year-old veteran is running across America.
Ernie Andrus, a 91-year-old World War II veteran, has been making progress in his mission to become the oldest American to run across America. As Steve Hartman explains, he hopes to bring attention to one of the war’s unsung heroes.
Article:

Health & Fitness:

As mentioned in a previous podcast and post, I’ve been working on building strength. So a couple of days a week I’m working some key exercises that interest me at the moment:
  • Front Squats
  • Goblet Squats
  • Jump Rope
  • Dead Hang starting position
  • Hollow Pull-Up
The front squats I’m new to and only get to practice this movement on days I get to visit the office gym. Otherwise I practice the goblet squats using a dumb bell at home. The jump rope is my indulgence exercise. I LOVE JUMP ROPE! Lastly, when I’m not sitting around or jumping around, I’m literally hanging around building up time holding the starting position of a pull-up or a dead hang and while in hollow position.
Check out “The ‘Best’ Upper Body Pull” on Strongfirst.com by Pavel Tsatsouline.

Family & Play:
Ironically while in between building strength, I’m getting hurt. I have a history of back injury. A couple of times in the past week I’ve done improper lifting either of a child or some free weight, which cause some back twinge resulting in 2-3 days of a tight back. It could be worse and has been worse before. Fortunately I’ve been able to function and take care of the family despite the discomfort.


Visit www.vinnietortorich.com to learn about Vinnie Tortorich’s NSNG Lifestyle.

Visit www.glutenfreeanna.com for great healthy gluten-free recipes.

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PLEASE go to iTunes and leave a nice review to get a shout-out on a future podcast episode!

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Ru El’s Running 053 : Special Guest – Tony Portera – Part 1 | Badwater 135 | Ultramarathon

Ru El’s Running 053 : Special Guest – Tony Portera – Part 1 | Badwater 135 | Ultramarathon


Badwater Tony Portera to me is the “real deal.” While I fantasize doing big runs, Tony is out there making it happen. You’ll hear him say he’s not anybody special, but I beg to differ. He’s fun to talk to, has a great story about his journey into running, has great things to say about running ultramarathons, someone I see as a wonderful ambassador of the ultra community, he’s super encouraging, and even offers some advice to help improve on the next ultra.

Tony Facts:

  • Running out of White Plains, New York
  • Husband and father of two.
  • Lawyer in commercial real estate
  • Dabbler of ultra running and has ran and continues to run prestigious events such like the Badwater 135, Jackpot 100, and Umstead 100.
  • He has participated in the Badwater 135 six times. 2015 will be seventh.

Running Background:

  • Tony got into ultras by stumbling on it and deciding to try it.
  • Started out soccer in high school, college, and after in law school with local club teams.
  • After graduating from law school, life happened, and at one point weighed 210 pounds. Out of shape, drinking a lot of beer, and watching football and other sports.
  • Got together with some guys who convinced him to do a local 4 miler or 5k. He said “Running is stupid!”
  • He did more of these types of runs and was eventually persuaded to do a marathon. He said “This is stupid. If running 4 miles is stupid, this is even dumber!”
  • His first marathon was the 2004 Twin Cities Marathon. Completed it in over 4 hours and told himself he’d never do another one again. But 25 marathons later, he kept trying to convince himself to stop running.
  • His biggest mistake, was after reading Dean Karnazes’ book Ultramarathon Man where he learned about ultra marathons. He was blown away and said “If 4 miles is stupid, and running a marathon is even more stupid. Then ultra runners gotta be idiots!” And Tony convinced himself to do a 60k.

Loving the Sport & Better Health

  • In ultras marathon, Tony loved that he was able to show up to the start late, finished up on the same day, and head back to your car without a hassle. This plus getting in better shape made it more appealing.
  • Eventually dropped 50-60 lbs lighter from his former weight in 2001.
  • He enjoys the runs and loves the community, but still sometimes tells himself that “He’ll never do it again.”
  • He uses these events as a way to learn more about himself. To find out what he can and can’t do.
  • “You’ll never run the same race twice. You’ll experience different things and thoughts each time.”

Tony’s Preparation:

  • Work on nutrition on a regular basis.
  • Prepare nutritionally, mentally, put in the work in training runs. Roughly 80-90 miles a week including the speed training and long runs.

Typical Training Week (To build miles and speed. Doing about 74 miles of training).

Monday a.m. – 25 miles.
Tuesday – 8 miles.
Wednesday – 10 mile tempo, 3 mile warm up. 4 miles at 6:55 pace.
Thursday – 8 miles easy recovery.
Friday – 12 miles interval: 3 mile warm up. 2 miles at 7:10 pace. recover 1 mile, six 400 mile repeats, and recover jog.
Saturday – Off.
Sunday – 12 miles.

Long run may increase over time. This is a week typically to Tony and should not be used as a template for everybody else. Everybody is different.

On Getting Coached:
Tony is currently working with Zach Bitter on training and nutrition and has also worked with Ray Zahab. Recommends getting a coach for endurance events.

Mentions:
Film: Running on the Sun

More Tony:

  • Tony loves to help see folks enter into the ultra community for the first time.
  • The Vermont 50 mile race was his first 50.
  • Loves seeing people go out there.
  • Thinks 50 miles is a great distance to get done in one day and it is very challenging
  • Believer in drawing from others, especially folks who have experienced what you are trying to do.

Fueling and hydration advice:

  • Drinking to thirst.
  • Keep trying different things. Learn something is always a success.

Quote:
“People may go out there and try and have a negative impression in their mind, but there are so many positives to take whether perceived negative or not. It’s often times the 2nd or 3rd try that you start to understand what you’re doing and love it more.” ~ Tony Portera

 

Advice:
Ray Zahab, founder of  impossible 2 Possible (aka i2P) tells Tony “Ultra running is 90% mental. The other 10% is all in your head.”

Quote:
“Our best moments are found when we are at our weakest.”

Catch Tony Portera If You Can:

 


Visit www.vinnietortorich.com to learn about Vinnie Tortorich’s NSNG Lifestyle.

Visit www.glutenfreeanna.com for great healthy gluten-free recipes.

Check out more episodes of the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.

PLEASE go to iTunes and leave a nice review to get a shout-out on a future podcast episode!

While here be sure to check out the sponsor and affiliates:

Follow the show:

Music of:

  • Luzius Stone/Fire In The Sky,
  • Jimmy Buffett/Change In Lattitudes Changes In Attitudes,
  • Cool & The Gang/Get Down On It.
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