Laurel Highlands Ultra is a 70.5 mile race on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT), run South to North from Ohiopyle to Johnstown, PA. Being that it is a popular hiking trail, it is extremely well marked with yellow blazes and mile markers at every mile. It is rugged, rocky, smooth, muddy and did I say rocky, all in one. It protects you from the sun and the rain with its high trees. It keeps you interested with its vistas and rock formations. It keeps you humble with its constant ups and downs. It is a trail runners best friend and enemy.
|Early miles - feeling good|
|Early pit stop - PC Sandy|
|One of the vistas along the way|
E: "Not feeling too good."
A: "Oh no! What's wrong? Sandy said u were crushing it. What mile are you at?"
E: "Just past 40. Last section was very hard. Just feeling nausea and can't move that fast."
A: "Slow down. It is very hot today...."
E: "Yeah. I feel like a loser."
...... more of this back and forth
A: "Stop that. I would kick your ass if I was there...You only have 25 miles..."
|Texts with Amy|
|Leaving with Alex. PC Sandy|
|In a world of hurt|
|Coming into an aid station - PC Alex|
After a long day, there it was, the final descent into the finish. We ran past the mile 70 marker and shortly after that through the finish line. Official time 19:46. I did it. I made my goal! I get the honor of putting my name into the Western States hat! One ticket. Sometimes that is all it takes.
|Done! - PC Alex|
Pennsylvania at its best.
|Ohiopyle day after|