Do I love getting in over my head? Yes. Do I love pushing the limits? Yes. Do I have any serious head injuries? Not that I'm aware of. You see, I was really counting on my mom to tell me I'm an idiot and not to do it. However, when I brought it up last night to get her opinion, she simply told me she thought I should just do it "because racing makes you happy." Whoa, wait, what?! Well, that's all I needed. Just one more push in the 'right' direction :) So, like the zero balance I enjoyed on my credit card for the first time in I don't know how long, I threw my conscience and good judgment out the window and decided to just go for it. I don't know when I'll have another chance/the time/the willingness/the balls to do it. So why not?
I signed up for the Vermont 100k...yes "kilometer", not "miler"; I'm not that bat-shit crazy...yet :)
Ay ya ya! It is indeed official...I registered, printed out the volunteer form, confirmed with Vermont Mike that he'd be able to drive and let me sleep on his couch when I get into town, and then I purchased my flights. It's done! Then I checked my credit card balance and wanted to weep quietly, but I reminded myself that I'm young and daring still and there won't be another summer where I'll have the time or money to do this for at least 3-4 more years (more on that later).
I'm freakin' excited! Wow, do I have a lot of training to do. Not to mention I'll need to put in some solid night running. The 100k runners start at 2:00 p.m., so it is guaranteed that I'll be running in the dark. That said, I'll need a pacer for those final 15 miles. I'm scared of the dark :) Well, scared to run in the dark of night in a place I've never even seen before, all alone. Plus it'll be hot and I get kinda cranky when I'm hot so it would be nice to have someone to tell me to stop my bitching and keep running/walking/crawling :) Vermont Mike would be perfect for this job, but he will be busy running his first 100 miler at the same event. Woohoo!
For the record, I will place any and all necessary blame on VM as this was his doing. I was perfectly happy not knowing that a 100k option existed for this race. But, nooooooo. "Paige, there's a 100k race, same date/time/place as my 100-miler. I DARE YOU." That was all it took. Then the wheels started spinning. I still have the e-mail with the above quote from him. I will frame it once I finish :) Take that! I have a weakness for racing dares, within reason, of course. VM knows this. I also have a weakness for talking unfounded smack, but that's neither here nor there.
So, the madness continues! I guess I should work on not getting injured anymore so that I can do this. Speaking of, I learned how to do "the clam" exercise. Let me tell you, it's not very ladylike, but my goodness is it a hip and butt burner! Google it and there are plenty of videos to show you how to do it.