Sunday, June 25, 2017

Worlds End Ultra 100k 2017 Race Report

I couldn't think of a better way to usher in my 39th birthday with the most amazing running partner Michelle and our incredible pacer Mike (aka my husband).  We got to run all day in the beautiful mountains of PA with snacks along the way.  Worlds End is a great race and we will be back in 2018!  
64 miles in ~64 words

1. Registration
2. Preview

3. Scoping 
4. Steep (in flip flops)
5. Cabin love
6. Resourceful
7. Campfire 
8. Sleepless
9. Early (3:45am)
10. Overwhelmed
11. Disbelief
12. Pacer pep talk
13. Pack/unpack/pack/unpack
14. Nervous
15. Coffee (no pancake sadness)
16. Ponchos

17. Porta-a-potty
18. Prayer
19. Lined up
19. Bear/snake/wildlife warning
19.  Start!
20. DISBELIEF
21. Wet
22. Cold
23. Dark
24. Stupid-good-for-nothing-piece-of-crap headlamp

25. Slippery AF
26. Magnitude
27. Watermelon
28. Daylight
29. Doubt
30. Uncharacteristically quiet partner




31. Nagging hip
32. Fear
33. Beauty

33. Grilled cheese from heaven
34. Pacer hug
35. Support
36. Gratitude
37. Climb
38. Burning left big toe
39. Fatigue (already?)
40. Half way

41. New (dry) shoes
42. 2nd wind
43. Chatty chatty chatty

44. Cheater Poles
45. Top 10? 
46. Laughter
47. Leapfrog
48. Getting Dumb
49. Family

50. Pacer love (Bahlahkay)
51.Unknown
52. Chaffing
53. Summit
54. False Summit
55. Five breath break

56. UMFOTF (ultra mother f$&8ers of the forest)
57. Passion
58. Hike (with purpose)
59. No Doubt

60. Darkness falls
61. Animal!  root
62. Desire to be done
63. Momentum
64. Victory!  Joy!  Celebration!




Thank you to the talented Tania Lezak's photography who was kind enough to share the photos she took at the race, thank you to David and Jeff for being awesome race directors, and thank you to the many volunteers (especially Dan D) who make the experience truly awesome.  

Oh, one more thing - breakfast at Forksville General Store Sunday morning hit the spot.  It was also pretty funny to see all the delirious runners hobbling around (me included).

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