Trevor Fuchs is a Utah based ultrarunner with back-to-back Wasatch 100 wins to his name (one by only three seconds!). Though he is not a lifetime runner, Trevor has made great strides (mostly uphill) since he began trailÂ running less than a decade ago. We are stoked to welcome him as our latest UnTapped athlete and sat down with him to learn more about his background, and most importantly, how he fuels all those miles.
- Age: 36
- Current Residence: Ogden, UT
- Years running: 8
- Race specialties: 100 miles, mountainous terrain
- Facebook: trevor.fuchs.9
- Twitter: @trevorfuchs
- Instagram: trevor_fuchs
Letâ€™s start at the beginning, what brought you to Ultrarunning?
For about 10 years, I had been smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and eating very poorly. After my first daughter was born, I started to have a very intense fear of dying young and missing out on my little girl’s life. So I made lifestyle changes, and I began to run and hike to restore my health. After a couple months, I realized that you could combine the two sports into this crazy thing called trail running. I was hooked immediately. It’s amazing all the (Read more...) you can find in the world while moving quickly on your feet, and how these moments can become so therapeutic. Before long, I would find myself running for 6 or 7 hours in the mountains and a friend suggested that I should try to run 100 miles. Despite having never even run an organized marathon, I reluctantly put my name into the lottery for a mountain 100 miler and said a little prayer to not get drawn. Of course, my name got drawn that first year and it’s all been uphill from there.
What are three pieces of advice you wish youâ€™d known when you started?
Be yourself. There is no satisfaction in comparing yourself to others. In the age of social media, it’s easy to try to compare other runners’ results, paces, and training plans with your own. Work hard, be consistent, and push yourself past your own limits.
Get inspired. Find beautiful places to run and amazing people to share the trails with. Running doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Enjoy yourself and always be in search of people and places that remind you why you run.
Don’t neglect your strengths. We are constantly being told that we must focus on and improve upon our weaknesses. This may help you become a balanced and well-rounded individual, but I say go “all in” on your strengths. The world is full of people that are decent at a lot of things…be a person who is incredible at something!
Do you have any big plans and goals for this year?
I am constantly striving for improvement and seeing how far and hard I can push myself. I will be racing more this year than I have in the past, so my main goal is to stay healthy, take care of my body, and show up to each race ready to reach my full potential. I do have plans to put on free, local trail running clinics and group runs, especially for the new generation of younger runners. I hope to be able to use my success as a means to inspire others to push themselves beyond their perceived limitations.Â
Youâ€™re headed out the door for a run, what UnTapped product(s) are you taking?
Definitely MapleAid. If I’m going to be out for a few hours or more, I’m bringing a couple waffles and a few syrup packets as well. I like having the variety of liquid and solid foods. It keeps my mind and my belly happy.
Could you describe one moment in your running that you are most proud of?
For me, running is about exploring the limits of your self-potential, adapting to conditions, and overcoming adversity. A few years ago, I completed the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim, solo and unsupported, despite multiple complications and unforeseen circumstances. It took twice as long as I had planned so I ran out of food and became pretty dehydrated. I should have called it quits after the first half when things became problematic, but I dug deep and got it done. I’m not so proud of my time, but I’m proud that I found a way to persevere. I think this experience was a catalyst for later success in races.
What do you like to do to relax or enjoy yourself in between the long runs?
I love to cook, so my spare time is usually spent in the kitchen, playing with my rambunctious little kids, and relaxing with my amazing wife.
When you get home from a tough run what are you fueling with for dinner? (Feel free to include a recipe)
Kale and spinach salad with quinoa or brown rice, sautÃ©ed tempeh and onions, beets, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, avocado, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I don’t stray from this often, but if I do…it’s for pizza and beer.
Out of all of the races youâ€™ve completed, which one is a favorite? What makes this race so special?
Wasatch Front 100 is one of the oldest and most challenging mountain ultras in the country and it happens to be in my backyard. It was my first ultramarathon and I hope to be one of those guys you see, barely making cutoffs, crossing the finish line for the 20th time.
What lead you to UnTapped and bringing #MapleToTheMasses?
I have always been a fan of simple fueling, whether it’s whole fruits, juices, etc. I was immediately drawn to the convenience of having easily accessible and disposable packets of pure maple syrup for races or long runs,Â where stashing a banana in a back pocket isn’t reasonable. I’ve never liked the consistency or texture of traditional gels and, after a 100-mile race consuming 30 or so gels, my gut would feel like a giant rock for days. Maple syrup and MapleAid don’t upset my stomach at all and they provide the perfect fuel for sustainable hard efforts. Pure and simple.
The most important question of all, what is your favorite way to use maple syrup?
I am a former pastry chef and my go-to sweetener for dessert plates was maple syrup, so I have used it in almost countless creative ways, but at the expense of sounding a little uninteresting…my favorite way to enjoy it is by liberally pouring it over a large stack of pancakes.
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