The peaks and purgatory of racing 100 miles
Thank you for sharing the emotional side of your experience! We all read the race reports that talk about the terrain and triumphs, but I'll take the real stuff any day!
Nice running with you the first few miles, good luck on the hardrock lottery. I knew you'd finish ahead of me, but wasn't thinking it would be 5 hours... See you for the early start next year? It's nice having the course to ourselves. -Bill
Congratulations on your strong finish! I was there for the 50 and thought that I might see you running by me, although we've never met. lol. I also experienced puking for my first time in the last 12 miles. I've been fairly inactive these past two week and heading to Virginia for the Yeti 100 tomorrow. Yikes! I'm going to just keep moving, no matter what, but hopefully blissfully for most of the race. I'm running with my good friend who just turned 60! - Liz
Sarah, I've been reading so many other people's experiences and taking any little nuggets that resonate as I prepare for Moab. Great telling of your race! You made a comment that perhaps letting go of splits and taking the race in as a journey may be a strategy worth considering for your next 100. I'd be curious to see if that makes a significant difference in how you feel about 100's. So, I guess that means you'd better do another one!
You are a totally awesome badass !!! Great job sister💪❤️
Congratulations on gutting it out for the finish (and on punching the the HRH ticket for another couple years)! I recognize that questioning about how long to keep running hundreds. Next year I'll run my tenth (I'm one behind you, but several years older than you) and I'd love for it to be Hardrock. If not, I'll choose a different race, because I have to get to that symbolic 10, but after that, who knows...
Hardrock or not, if you have the chance to run Kerry Way, you absolutely should do it. I did it in 2018 and it was a such a beautiful race, such a novel feeling to the land and the terrain - loved it there. (I'm also certain that for several hours in the overnight, I was the coldest and most miserable I've ever been in a race, but the good parts more than made up for that.)
As usual Sarah, such wonderful writing and storytelling. Reading this has not deterred me from running my first 100! Congrats on #10 and whatever you decide is next....
Raw. Honest. Emotional. Real.
This race report was like watching the first Rocky all over again. I couldn't stop reading.
You got out of the chair and back in fight at every aid station - So very inspiring!
Thank you for the personal tour of your pain cave.
Well done on this Sarah - Hoping for a kinder #11.
Loved this detailed report, Sarah. You described those feelings so well (I’ve been there often!). I suspect your mental dip was almost entirely due to lack of calories, but how to solve the stomach shutdown problem in the first place? That’s been a big problem for me lately too. I’ve been looking for a good source of liquid calories for nighttime because nothing else seems to work! I’m glad you mentioned the Roctane recovery drink. I have some of that and will give it a try!
Way to go Sarah! Congrats on #10, I can relate on so many levels....haha. Here's hoping #11 will happen for you come next July!
Sarah, what an enormous psychological accomplishment. Scott Jurek has written about the moments you describe. And your description of your experience really brings home the mixed emotions in doing such a demanding race. I know I "only" hike now, but I also know what it feels like to be utterly fatigued and have to descend 4000 feet on exhausted legs. You're a champ!