“I look at it this way,” says Willie McBride, a Portland endurance athlete and coach, as he makes quick work of a breakfast burrito loaded with tofu, kale, and cashew sour cream. “In a day in a normal life, your average person asks 20 percent from their body. An ultrarunner asks close to 100 percent of their body. Your average person is like, ‘You’re crazy—you’re getting injured.’ I just think, ‘Yeah. You’re not going to get injured if you’re only asking 20 percent.’”

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This article appeared in the June 2015 issue of Portland Monthly.