Buffalo Run 100…

“My heart and my mind will carry my body when my limbs are too weak.”

We have 30 hours to rock Buffalo Run 100. It’s going to take everything I have to get this done in time. I don’t know what I’m doing or exactly how this is going to go, but I can promise you this, I’m going to finish in time. No matter how hard it is or how bad it gets, I’M GOING TO MAKE IT!

What I need from you:

  1. Positive Attitude- You all know I’ve been in a rough spot the last couple months. I’ve lost my edge to stay positive and I need to find it again. Any and all help I can get from you will be great. Quitting has never been an option and never will be an option. If they want me off that course, they’re going to have to take me off on a stretcher.
  2. Get me out of the aid stations. They’re only 5 miles apart so that means time is key. I can’t “camp” at the aid stations and still expect to finish in time. I’ve included an aid station guide and it looks like every 10 miles will be acceptable as far as refueling. I will have enough gear and food to fly through the aid stations with minimal stopping. NO MATTER WHAT- YOU’RE NUMBER ONE JOB IS TO GET ME OUT OF THE AID STATION! I don’t care what I say, how I say I feel, just get me out of there!!!
  3. Let’s have some freckin’ FUN!!! It’s going to be 30+ hours on an island together… Let’s make the most of it! The bigger the smile on your face, the better I’m going to feel. Anything I say to you and anything you say to me doesn’t count during the race. Emotions, pain, disappointment, and anything else that might come up, don’t take is personal. I’m a big boy and I will need some stern encouragement at some point. Don’t be afraid to tell me what I need to hear. Now’s the time to rub some dirt on it and keep moving forward. The bigger the smiles we have, the we have to worry about anything else.


I’m going to need some reminders throughout the day/night.

  1. 30 Seconds at a time. I can cut off a lot of time if I stick to intervals. It doesn’t matter how tired I think I am or how bad I feel, 30 seconds is my plan and the key to my success.
  2. Water! Am I drinking enough?? It’s going to be chilly so I might think I’ve had enough, but have I? How much water have I had between aid stations? How many times have I peed? How much Tailwind/Gatorade have I consumed?
  3. How much have I eaten? I’ve been doing so much better with this, but I need to be eating something every time I come through an aid station. I don’t like cheese, but other than that, I should be able to eat anything the aid stations might have. I love bacon, PB&J, Chocolate, Potatoes with salt, salty chips, ham/bacon tortillas/sandwiches just to name a few.
  4. Depending on the weather, I will change every 20-30 miles. No matter what, I MUST change before dark! Shoes will be every 25-40 miles depending on how wet it is. I will have everything ready to go and marked. I need to be efficient with these stops. In and out of aid stations is going to be the key to finishing in time.
  5. Why am I doing this??!! Just remind me 4 years… I’ll know exactly what you mean.
  6. I commit not to quit. This race is mental preparation for all the pain Leadville has to offer. No matter what I think I feel, LT100 is going to be worse. Anytime I’m not thinking straight- This is all for Leadville. Anytime I’m struggling, Leadville is the key word.

Keys to Success

  1. Always moving forward One Step at a Time. Don’t stop. It doesn’t matter how I feel or how slow I think I’m going, just keep moving!
  2. Smile! Maintain a positive attitude and keep negative self-talk away…
  3. Pace will need to average less than 18 minutes/mile including aid station stops. Moving speed will need to be under 17:30 average. Anytime we can move at under 15 minutes a mile, we need to maintain it. Don’t let my mind cash in on having “extra” time.
  4. Efficient Aid Station Stops. In and out in 3 minutes and under 10 if I’m changing. The less time I’m stopped, the better I will be with my pace.
  5. Have some fun! Smile, laugh, joke, drink, take pictures, selfies, update the world on how much I wish I was on the beach… 😉 Seriously though, I will feed off the energy around me. If we can keep the energy level up, I’m going to crush this race. Fun is the number one reason I love to run and if we can keep the fun going, we’re all going to have a much better time!
  6. 30 Seconds!
  7. Eat, Drink and Be Merry… I need to make sure I’m eating and drinking.
  8. STAY WARM!!! As the weather changes, I need to make sure I am too. Gloves, hat, dry shirts are all key to staying warm. I MUST change before dark. Should be at the “Start/Finish” aid station (mile 20)

Leaving an aid station checklist

  1. Am I dressed properly? Am I warm enough?
  2. One bottle of Water
  3. One bottle of Tailwind/Gatorade
  4. At least 2 snack bars- Preferably 4
  5. Do I have salt, mints and Jolly Ranchers?
  6. Water in my pack bladder
  7. Did I eat something?
  8. Did I drink something?
  9. Did I pee?
  10. Did I take a snack “to go”?
  11. Did we take a selfie? Haha 😉
  12. Seriously though- Did I leave with a smile and good attitude?
  13. Late in the race- What’s time look like? I’m awful at math so I need to be sure I’m on pace…

Brian and I will be starting the race together. Depending on pace/time, he may need to run ahead. I can pick up a pacer at mile 50. Right now, I’m down one person. I am going to reach out to a running group to see if there is anyone that can help. Leah will be ready to go for a lot of the miles, but I may need some help. She can get me through the hills and the night and she’ll probably pick up the last 10 miles or so.

I would love everyone to spend the last mile (at least) with me. I have a vision of my crew crossing the finish line with me. I am so grateful for all of you and can’t thank you enough for taking time out of your lives to help me complete the craziness. Finishing a 100 has been a long time goal of mine. I know I’ve had a rough go lately and I know I’m undertrained and underprepared, but I also know I refuse to give up. I refuse to take no for an answer. My mind is broken, my body is weak, but my heart is strong.

“Make friends with pain and you’ll never be alone.” “It’s going to hurt, but only for 30 hours. If you quit, the pain will last forever.” Ken Choubler



Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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