Runner: Jade O
Years Running: 10
Worlds End 50k
I had a rough running year in 2018, and I almost walked away. I didn’t love it. Most days, I didn’t even like it. For 2019, I want to run because I love it. I want to finish each race happy and healthy, without concern for where in the pack I am. Also, I’m starting my race director journey this year, co-directing the Eastern States 100. I’m super excited and nervous, and truly want to give the runners, crew and volunteers the best experience we can give them.
Long Term Goals
I still have the thought of getting to the 100 mile distance at some point. But, with life comes constant change, and I’m putting the big distances on hold until my oldest gets out of high school. I want to soak up as much time with her as she’ll allow me to in these next 2 years!
My biggest accomplishments come from helping others on the trails. It sounds a little nuts, but it seems like I’m always in the right place at the right time (or maybe it’s the wrong place at the wrong time). While dropping from Worlds End 50k to help a fellow runner was a tough pill to swallow last year, I wouldn’t change it for anything. But, I would like to finish a few races without someone getting hurt this year!
Favorite Part About Being a Runner
Our trail running community is amazing. I don’t know about other parts of the country, but here in PA, it’s like a huge extended family. If we aren’t racing, we’re usually volunteering somewhere along the way. My kids LOVE their trail buddies, and we love all of the positive and motivated people that they get to hang with.
Hyner View Trail Challenge (25k & 50k), and Worlds End Ultra (50k & 100k), are my two favorites. The RDs are awesome, the courses are spectacular, and the volunteers and fellow runners are like family.
Running Words of Wisdom
Above all, be a good human. One race will never matter more than the well-being of another person. And, if you get to the point that you don’t love it, don’t be afraid to step back. I’m so glad that I’ve found my way back to the trails that I love, but I don’t know that I would have done that if I hadn’t taken the time that I did to examine my own motives.