I remember running my first 100-miler in September of 2007 at the Grand Teton Races. It took 33 hours, 19 minutes and 36 seconds of suffering to finish, and when I finished I remember two distinct thoughts crossing my mind (among many others). First, a typical thought, that I’d never, ever be doing something like this again. Second, even if I did give 100 miles another shot, there is absolutely no way that I would ever break the 24-hour mark. I returned to the Grand Tetons 100 again in August of 2008, again suffering a plenty with a 31-hour finish, and followed that up with a 26 hour Javelina 100 (26:41:36). Same struggles…same thoughts.
|Pre-race: Meredith Murphy, David Ploskonka and Me|
|Me and "Navy John"|
The entire week leading up to Umstead 100 ended up looking like this: