Hayden Hawks Submit-2022 Western States 100 Interview

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 boys’s subject, what it was like to steer the race for one thing like 40 miles, how he moved by way of a tough patch at about 12 hours in, and what he thinks his most potential at this occasion could possibly be.

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

Hayden Hawks Submit-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 boys’s second-place finisher.

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

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

Hawks: It was most likely really about the identical.

iRunFar: Okay.

Hawks: However possibly I simply had the expertise of having the ability to struggle by way of the laborious 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, possibly 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 essentially struggle by way 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 way 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 a couple of instances, and rapidly I began feeling first rate and was in a position to a minimum of run within the final hour and a half or so.

iRunFar: I really feel like there was lots 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 form of need to.

iRunFar: Yeah. Properly, that solutions one among my questions.

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

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

Hawks: Properly, the French guys, Ludo [Pommeret] and Sébastien Spehler, they went out fairly laborious. You recognize, they had been actually crushing the downhills in the beginning, 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 form 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 form of little transfer up the climb there to the help station and was in a position to go 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 in the beginning 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, very well and hoped that might give me a little bit bit extra vitality towards the tip. But it surely didn’t. [laughs] However a minimum of I used to be ready, possibly that’s why I used to be in a position to struggle by way of the laborious 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 right this moment. However yeah. It was undoubtedly an enchancment on final yr, so I can’t complain.

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

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

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iRunFar: Okay, it was sooner than I believed.

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 rapidly, growth. It crashed by way of the bushes and ran down the mountain. However I used to be form of monitoring stuff, like I used to be I used to be climbing out of El Dorado and I used to be feeling actually sturdy. I stored 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 truthfully thought like, as a result of no person was telling me the place Adam was, I believed I had like a 15-minute lead, possibly 20-minute lead. So, when Adam caught me on Cal Road dropping down the river, I used to be really form of like stunned. 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 very good day. After which when Adam caught me, I used to be form of like, “Aw, man!” Like I’m having a day, however I assume he’s having a greater day.

iRunFar: Darn it. This man exhibits up.

Hawks: [laughs] Yeah. However that’s how it’s typically, proper? Such as you do the perfect that you may and that’s what, I gave it the perfect I can. And Adam was simply higher than me. And I can’t management that. You recognize, possibly 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 joyful as a result of I did the perfect I might.

iRunFar: Yeah, I imply, I really feel such as you had a very nice synthesis. Like, as quickly as you crossed the road final night time, you mentioned on the end line interview, “I had a fantastic 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, typically like, you already know, the entire Hawks versus [Zach] Miller factor at The North Face 50 Mile Championships a couple of years in the past, like, identical factor. Like I had a fantastic day that day, however Zach simply had a greater day than me, and typically that occurs. However I’ve additionally had days the place I win, you already know, and it’s simply you do the perfect you’ll be able to. You’re employed as laborious as you’ll be able to 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 examine of the game. Objectively for a second, what do you assume is your most potential at Western States?

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

iRunFar: How briskly do you assume you may run this should you didn’t have any huge points? Come on?

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

iRunFar: Properly, darn, you picked the mistaken race to essentially 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 cause like my greatest races have come when it’s chilly, I assume most individuals do. [laughs] However I don’t know why. However like I’ve a little bit laborious time with the warmth however I’m engaged on some issues to possibly repair that sooner or later. And I’m gaining some knowledge and various things like that, that I can, such as you mentioned, I’m a scholar of the game. I’m at all times looking for methods to get higher and yesterday was an excellent check and helped me be taught some issues.

iRunFar: Properly, I objectively assume you need to be proud. You took second Western States in a reasonably aggressive subject, that stayed aggressive all through.

Hawks: Yeah, like I mentioned, 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 joyful that I used to be in a position to characterize my household effectively, and in addition characterize the state of Utah, you already know, which is absolutely cool. I believe it’s the perfect end by a Utahan ever at Western States.

iRunFar: Rattling, that’s superior.

Hawks: Which I’m joyful about, that you already know I’m from Utah. I hoped to convey the cougar trophy again to Utah however possibly sometime.

iRunFar: Perhaps sometime.

Hawks: Yep.

iRunFar: On that observe, congratulations in your second-place end and we’re about to do the awards over there. So, congratulations or take pleasure in amassing, your buckle.

Hawks: Thanks a lot.