August 17, 2022

Hayden Hawks took second on the 2022 Western States 100, bettering upon his eighth place final yr. Within the following interview, Hayden talks about working simply throughout the early miles with the remainder of the lads’s subject, what it was like to guide the race for one thing like 40 miles, how he moved by means of a tough patch at about 12 hours in, and what he thinks his most potential at this occasion might be.

For extra on how the race performed out, learn our 2022 Western States 100 outcomes article.

Hayden Hawks Put up-2022 Western States 100 Interview Transcript

iRunFar: Meghan Hicks of iRunFar. I’m with Hayden Hawks. It’s the day after the 2022 Western States 100. You’re the lads’s second-place finisher.

Hayden Hawks: Yeah. Fairly completely happy about that. You recognize, it’s undoubtedly an enchancment on final yr so I felt actually good about with the ability to enhance my time and my place. It was a very good day. You recognize, it was good until it wasn’t. So, yeah. [laughs]

iRunFar: You could really feel good although, like transferring up from eighth place to second place, bettering your time by a lot, prefer it feels like, we have been speaking off digital camera that it was a little bit bit tough for you on the finish, however perhaps more easy than the tip final yr?

Hawks: It was most likely really about the identical.

iRunFar: Okay.

Hawks: However perhaps I simply had the expertise of with the ability to combat by means of the arduous time. I don’t know what it’s, however just like the final two years, proper round 12 hours in, so like proper across the river, perhaps it’s due to warmth, I don’t know. However I begin getting like actually dizzy and simply don’t really feel superb in any respect. And so, I’ve to actually combat by means of that part. And this yr it lasted for about two hours. Final yr it went on for the remainder of the race and I couldn’t get by means of it. However this yr, for about two hours I simply felt actually, actually unhealthy and dizzy and like I couldn’t do something. After which I puked just a few instances, and swiftly I began feeling first rate and was in a position to no less than run within the final hour and a half or so.

iRunFar: I really feel like there was a variety of vomiting on the market yesterday.

Hawks: I imply it was sizzling. I believe the change in temperature was fairly dramatic yesterday, too. You recognize we began with like 40 levels Fahrenheit after which acquired as much as round 100 levels. So, however yeah, you already know, I hope you already know, I’m going to come back again for positive. After a second-place end you type of must.

iRunFar: Yeah. Nicely, that solutions one in every of my questions.

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Hawks: [laughs] However yeah, hopefully I can determine this out and be capable of end all the best way robust to the tip and never have that low level in 12 hours. However I’m nonetheless, I’m completely happy, you already know. And to lose to any individual like Adam Peterman who’s only a beast on the market, and be capable of share some miles with him, it was undoubtedly cool.

iRunFar: Let’s backtrack to kind of the early hours of the race first. The boys’s race was very completely different this yr from final yr. The final time we noticed you I imply, you entrance ran for like a very good 30 miles final yr with Jim Walmsley and this yr it appeared such as you have been, I imply, sharing the lead? Sharing the lead and sharing setting the tempo? Is {that a} honest solution to assess it?

Hawks: Nicely, the French guys, Ludo [Pommeret] and Sébastien Spehler, they went out fairly arduous. You recognize, they have been actually crushing the downhills at first, and I simply felt prefer it wasn’t sustainable for me. It felt prefer it was going to blow my quads up and so I made a decision to type of sit again and run my very own race. Didn’t wish to fall into that entice like final yr and simply was you already know, targeted on that. After which once we acquired to Robinson Flat, I made a type of little transfer up the climb there to the help station and was in a position to cross Sébastien. After which quickly after the help station handed Ludo. Yeah, like you already know, me and Tim Tollefson ran a bit collectively. Me and Adam really ran some miles at first collectively. And I used to be simply actually targeted on working my very own race. And that simply occurred to be a little bit slower than final yr. I used to be monitoring, you already know, my vitals and monitoring my effort. I felt like I paced the primary half actually, rather well and hoped that may give me a little bit bit extra vitality towards the tip. However it didn’t. [laughs] However no less than I used to be in a position, perhaps that’s why I used to be in a position to combat by means of the arduous time although, as a result of I needed to preserve a little bit bit.

iRunFar: You weren’t so ripped aside.

Hawks: Yeah, not so ripped aside. I imply, I really feel fairly ripped aside immediately. However yeah. It was undoubtedly an enchancment on final yr, so I can’t complain.

iRunFar: You led the race for a very good bit there, kind of within the race’s center to going into the ultimate third. Are you able to discuss, yeah, kind of working out entrance and being chased versus chasing?

Hawks: Yeah, so I handed Ludo at round 35-ish miles.

iRunFar: Okay, it was sooner than I believed.

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Hawks: Yeah. After which I lead from 35 to about 75. So about 40 miles there. And I really like, I used to be like, particularly after I went down into El Dorado … Oh I ran right into a bear in El Dorado Canyon, by the best way.

iRunFar: You probably did? Ooh!

Hawks: Yeah. It was actually cool. I used to be descending into El Dorado and I noticed a black factor on the path and swiftly, growth. It crashed by means of the bushes and ran down the mountain. However I used to be type of monitoring stuff, like I used to be I used to be climbing out of El Dorado and I used to be feeling actually robust. I saved making an attempt to listen to the cheering, you already know, from the underside, the help station on the backside pondering like, “How far do I’ve?” lead-wise.

iRunFar: Yeah.

Hawks: I actually thought like, as a result of no one was telling me the place Adam was, I believed I had like a 15-minute lead, perhaps 20-minute lead. So, when Adam caught me on Cal Road dropping down the river, I used to be really type of like shocked. As a result of I felt like I used to be having a day. You recognize, I used to be like, “Man, that is that is going to be my day!” I’m going to have, I’m simply having a extremely good day. After which when Adam caught me, I used to be type of like, “Aw, man!” Like I’m having a day, however I suppose he’s having a greater day.

iRunFar: Darn it. This man reveals up.

Hawks: [laughs] Yeah. However that’s how it’s generally, proper? Such as you do the most effective that you may and that’s what, I gave it the most effective I can. And Adam was simply higher than me. And I can’t management that. You recognize, perhaps there’s a little bit luck concerned, you already know, you by no means know. However yeah, it’s simply what it’s and so I really feel completely happy as a result of I did the most effective I might.

iRunFar: Yeah, I imply, I really feel such as you had a extremely nice synthesis. Like, as quickly as you crossed the road final evening, you stated on the end line interview, “I had an amazing day. And it’s simply there was a dude who had a barely higher nice day.”

Hawks: Yeah, and it’s been like that in my profession. You recognize, generally like, you already know, the entire Hawks versus [Zach] Miller factor at The North Face 50 Mile Championships just a few years in the past, like, identical factor. Like I had an amazing day that day, however Zach simply had a greater day than me, and generally that occurs. However I’ve additionally had days the place I win, you already know, and it’s simply you do the most effective you possibly can. You’re employed as arduous as you possibly can to arrange for the race and I did. I couldn’t have been extra ready. However yeah, I’m getting expertise. Yearly I’m getting a bit extra expertise and particularly on the 100 mile, I’m getting extra expertise and I really feel like much more in line with my 100 milers now, and prefer it’s going to repay sooner or later.

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iRunFar: You’re a runner, you’re a coach. You’re a reasonably good research of the game. Objectively for a second, what do you suppose is your most potential at Western States?

Hawks: I believe I can win Western States for positive.

iRunFar: How briskly do you suppose you possibly can run this if you happen to didn’t have any large points? Come on?

Hawks: I believe I might go beneath 15 hours, you already know, if it’s a cooler yr, you already know, perhaps problem for the course file. You recognize, I are likely to run higher in colder temperatures. Everyone does.

iRunFar: Nicely, darn, you picked the incorrect race to actually like. [laughs]

Hawks: However that’s the cool factor about Western States. It’s a problem for me. I grew up within the warmth. For some motive like my finest races have come when it’s chilly, I suppose most individuals do. [laughs] However I don’t know why. However like I’ve a little bit arduous time with the warmth however I’m engaged on some issues to perhaps repair that sooner or later. And I’m gaining some information and various things like that, that I can, such as you stated, I’m a scholar of the game. I’m all the time looking for methods to get higher and yesterday was a very good take a look at and helped me be taught some issues.

iRunFar: Nicely, I objectively suppose you have to be proud. You took second Western States in a reasonably aggressive subject, that stayed aggressive all over.

Hawks: Yeah, like I stated, I’m actually proud. I actually am. You recognize, and I believe like all of us, we wish to be higher. You recognize, it’s simply how it’s as elite athletes and anyone, such as you wish to attempt to enhance. You wish to get higher. However I’m very happy with the efficiency. You recognize, second place Western States is not any joke and you already know, I’m completely happy that I used to be in a position to symbolize my household effectively, and in addition symbolize the state of Utah, you already know, which is absolutely cool. I believe it’s the most effective end by a Utahan ever at Western States.

iRunFar: Rattling, that’s superior.

Hawks: Which I’m completely happy about, that you already know I’m from Utah. I hoped to carry the cougar trophy again to Utah however perhaps sometime.

iRunFar: Perhaps sometime.

Hawks: Yep.

iRunFar: On that be aware, congratulations in your second-place end and we’re about to do the awards over there. So, congratulations or get pleasure from accumulating, your buckle.

Hawks: Thanks a lot.