Last July I swore, never again. I would never run another 100 miler. 50 was pretty doable, even 100K…when you are really getting sick of it, it’s time to quit. But I made the HUGE mistake during my 100 of thinking “30 more miles” at mile 70. This sunk me so low mentally, I couldn’t fathom going on. Had it not been for a very persistant pacer I would not have. I wasted a ton of time at the next couple aid stations and finished in 29+ hours. In hind site, I should have never thought “30 more miles”, recgonized the mental low as a temporary slump, and told my pacer in advance NOT to let me sit at an aid station. I have definitely thought about doing another 100, and trying to correct my mistakes. Another part of me says “why?” My goal was to finish…and I finished. I can say I did one. I do get caught up in all the hype of hearing about everyone’s training and races, and it makes me want to be a part of it. So, at this point I remain on the fence. One minute I read a great race reprot and start looking at race websites, then next I am running the marathon and thinking “Do this for another 20 hours? Yuck.” A big minus is the training time. Training for 50 isn’t much more than training for a marathon. Training for a 100 definitely means whole weekends taken up by running, and then a whole running vacation. Kinda a crappy thing to do to Mike who thinks none of this is very impressive or interesting. So, we shall see. I am interested to hear what others think about this distance. Is it worth it, or are 50s/ 100Ks just as satisfying?