My first 100 mile ultra, the Javelina Jundred, is exactly one month away (Cue butterflies in the stomach). I've been wanting to tackle a 100 miler for more than a year now, but a few things happened that made me decide now is the time.
1) I'm ready for the unknown. After doing maybe a dozen marathons, I'm pretty sure now as I stand on the marathon starting line that I'm going to be able to finish. The 100 mile ultra is something completely new and different. I'm intrigued by the unknown. Ultrarunners say you experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I want to see what that's like.
I'd be a liar if I said I'm confident that I'll be able to finish under the 30 hour cutoff. I really don't know. (I'm guessing that anyone attempting their first 100 would be lying if they said they were confident that they could finish.) But I DO know that I'm going to plan to race smartly, and give everything I've got to make it to the finish.
2) The Javelina Jundred in particular sounds like so much fun. All the race reviews say it is like a 30 hour party. A "javelina" is some kind of wild pig but it's pronounced "Havelina". Race directors played on this "J" that sounds like an "H" by saying it's a Jundred mile race. It is held on a weekend close to Jalloween. Some of the aid stations are Jeadquarters and Jackass Junction. The whole experience sounds just plain fun.
3) I'm slow. I knew I was going to sign up for the 100 after getting a PR at the Top of Utah Marathon. I had trained hard, was well-prepared, and was confident in getting a personal record under 4 hours 25 minutes. I hoped to get around 4 hours. And yet I crossed the finish line in 4 hours 24 minutes. It was a bittersweet moment. I was happy to get a PR, but disappointed that it was by only one minute. One sissy minute.
A light bulb went off. I realized that I'm just not a fast runner. Maybe I'm not ever going to be fast. But maybe I could use that to my advantage because I do have endurance. During an ultra you don't need to be fast, you need to be steady. This is right up my ally. I've run 50k and 50 miles so now I'm ready to go for the whole enchilada.
I have this strong desire to show that an exceedingly average runner can still accomplish something big. I'm excited for this new adventure. I can't wait to jave fun, run with my whole jeart and soul, and jave an excuse to eat all the Jostess my stomach can jold. Ja ja ja.