Rory Bosio continues to fill out her fullhouse of women’s top 5 finishes at the Western States 100. In 2012, she added a second-place finish to go with her previous fourth and fifth place finishes. This year, she also managed to break the under-30 age group record with her 18:08:06. Find out how she did it in the following interview.
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Rory Bosio Post-2012 Western States Interview Transcript
iRunFar: Bryon Powell here with Rory Bosio at the finish of the Western States 100. How are you, Rory?
Rory Bosio: I’m feeling good! I’m feeling really good.
iRF: You had one heck of a race yesterday.
Bosio: It was a good time. Lots of speedy women out there that I got to run with. So yeah, I’d say it was the highlight of my short racing career by far.
iRF: Coming into the race you’d run a fourth place here, a fifth place here, around 18:30?
Bosio: Last year, it was around 18:30 and the year before it was 19:30-ish, something like that.
iRF: And I know you run these races sort of as an adventure.
iRF: In your mind, did you have an idea of how fast you thought you could run?
Bosio: No, not at all, especially since in the past two years they’ve done that altered course, which actually doesn’t suit me very well, because so much of it was flat and on that road. This year, I loved the “original” course. I definitely thought it was more challenging, especially because it was so cold and windy, but I like that. But I had no idea how that would alter the times. I literally, honestly didn’t look at my watch until we got to No Hands Bridge. I was like, “Oh, we’re doing pretty good.”
iRF: Did your smile get even bigger than normal?
Bosio: Yeah, I kind of had a number in my head at that point and I was like, “Okay, I think we can get there.”
iRF: How did your race play out through the day?
Bosio: I started off a lot faster or up with women who I usually don’t run with, but I was feeling good so I thought I’d just go with it. I hit a hard patch from Duncan Canyon to Robinson Flat and was like, “Oh, I’m feeling this crappy, and I have a lot of miles to go.” But it came back, and once I got to Last Chance I felt pretty good the whole way in for the most part.
iRF: So where did you start moving up through the field?
Bosio: I think I was in third place for a while and then Aliza caught me at Devil’s Thumb and we ran to El Dorado together which was super fun.
iRF: Which was almost the same place you guys ran together last year?
Bosio: Yeah, yeah, which was super fun. She’s my favorite. We just “girl talk,” and it’s just like out running with your friend which makes it really fun. We got to El Dorado and we were like, “Well should we hike out or run out? No, let’s hike out to Michigan Bluff because we want to save our legs.” And, of course, we look behind us and Nikki’s charging up the hill and it’s like “Gosh, mannnn, we’re going to have to catch up.” So we just kind of got on Nikki’s tail and kind of dragged ourselves running up the hill, which I had never done the previous two years. We all kind of stayed together for awhile and kind of chased each other down going down to the river. It was really fun. Then Aliza and I hiked out up to Green Gate together. She held the raft for me, which was really nice. Yeah, it was just a fun time out on the trails.
iRF: Did she slow down at some point or did you just have a good patch and say, “This is the time to go?”
Bosio: I know that back section pretty well, and I trained on it. I like how it kind of undulates, and you can kind of stretch out your legs at that point which feels pretty good to get the leg speed going. So I just told my pacer to stick on my butt and crack the whip and he did and so we just kept moving.
iRF: So each year you’ve gotten progressively faster and with this year being on the harder course on a good day, have you learned things in each of your hundreds progressively and you’re just dialing it in each time?
Bosio: Kind of. I guess I would say when to hold back, even if you feel good. I was running with Nikki and her pacer, Stephanie, down to the river and I was actually feeling pretty good. I was like, “I could kind of go for it now,” but I knew I’d probably be paying for it later with all that hammering on the quads on that section. So we kind of just stuck with Nikki. I knew that I wanted to have speed left in my legs for that last 20 miles. The first time I did it that was the hardest section for me because I just got bogged down. It’s easy to just plod along at that point. I really wanted to feel pretty good there, so I kind of held it until there.
iRF: So in your two previous 100s (Western States), in either of them was there ever a time towards the end of the race (besides right near the finish) where you decided to push it rather than hold back? Was it different this year?
Bosio: My pacer, John, and I got splits… we’d kind of known all day that Lizzy was 20 minutes ahead of me and, “Twenty minutes, oh, that’s long to me. I’m not going to catch her.” Then we got splits at ALT and, “Oh, she’s 12 minutes now.” “Oh she’s seven minutes now.” When we heard she was only seven minutes out… that must have been the splits at ALT. “Oh, I think we can do that. So let’s just try and see if we can catch up to her.” Then we put the hammer down.
iRF: You are one of the most positive people out on the course just having fun. How does that help your racing?
Bosio: I think it just makes it… for me it takes the pressure off. I think if you’re not going to have fun, I don’t know why you’d want to run 100 miles unless you’ve got some sadomasochist thing going on, because it could be a real struggle. I totally understand just wanting to do the event. But I think this race in particular, they put on such a good event and all the volunteers and my family comes out for this and my sister — it’s just so fun to feel this much support. It’s kind of just a selfish day where it’s all about you, so I kind of revel in it. And then the people I run with like Aliza and Nikki, I ran with Mike Wardian for awhile, they’re super fun. I feel like the best people I meet in life are at these races, so it’s really fun. I love it.
iRF: I guess I really don’t have to ask the question, but will we see you back here next year?
Bosio: Yeah. I told Tim Tweitmeyer that I’m gunning for his 25 years, so…
iRF: You’ve got a good start.
Bosio: We’ll see. I’d like to get to 10. I love this event, and I’m super stoked for Craig [Thornley] to take over eventually. I think he’ll just make it even better than it already is.
iRF: Congratulations on a great run, Rory.
Bosio: Thanks! Thanks for doing all this stuff.
iRF: I love it.
iRF: For the bonus, give us a joke.
Bosio: Oh, okay. Let’s see. A candle walks into his therapist’s office and says, “Doc, I’ve got a problem.” The Doc says, “What’s the problem?” “I’m having a meltdown!” That was really good. I can’t tell you any more because they’re not too PC.
iRF: Yeah, the one at the finish line we’ll not have you repeat.
Bosio: Hahahahahaaaa… that’s right.