BROCK GAVERY, 31, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
In the past four years, Gavery, a full-time civil-rights attorney, has run 40 ultramarathons. That includes five 100-milers, like the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run, in which he finished arespectable 27th last year. If logging 60 to 100 miles a week in training isn't enough, he's also a Class V kayaker who runs 50-foot waterfalls and hits the river every weekoften before work.
I'm lucky. I don't have to motivate to run or kayak. I love both. I would have to motivate not to do them. I do a lot of dawn patrols. I usually start running about 4:30 a.m. and I'm at work by 7 a.m. Then I'll train again after work. I just try to use my time efficiently. I'll throw a roast in the oven and go for a two-hour run. Each night, I have my gear set at the door waiting for me, so when I wake up it's there and I'm out the door. Sometimes, when kayaking, I'll run from the takeout back up to the car for my workout. I do it for the sense of accomplishment. That's what makes me enjoy life: looking back knowing I charged as hard as I could that week. It makes beer and food taste better.