Yesterday I stumbled upon the wonderful WhatisUltra page on Tumblr. It is a site full of hilarious gifs describing every facet of the joys of being an ultra runner. I have pinched a couple to highlight the things that might happen next weekend!
Lets start with the weather. It’s been somewhat changeable recently, and depending on where you look there will be a different long range forecast. My current favourite is one that says it will be settled by next weekend, if a little cold (6 degrees) over night. As long as it doesn’t look like this then I don’t mind:
It’s a hilly course – supposedly a total of 15,000ft in total. I sense that by the time daylight comes round on day 2, I’ll be looking at any incline like this:
Lynds will be there in the daylight hours, but my awesome Ma and Pa are going to be seeing me through the race. The beauty of the race is that it is loops and therefore I am never more than a few miles away from food. Despite Henks enchanting personality, I do fear that whilst waiting for 2 hours or so of every lap, my crew will be looking something like this:
Which should rule out any chance of this happening:
But who cares what I look like, I’ll have finished. I’ll have run (moved) for 100 miles. And when people tell me that they would think twice about even driving that far, for about the trillionth time I’ll just look at them like this: