I just signed up for the C&O Canal 100, which will be my next attempt at the 100 mile distance. I ran this race last year as my first 100 miler and dropped at mile 69. This was extremely unsatisfying even though it was 18 miles further than I had ever run before. The only reason I’m running this race again is to finish what I started. The race is an itch that I’ve been dying to scratch for the past 8 months.
I don’t mean to imply that the C&O Canal 100 isn’t a good race. It is. But there are over 140 different 100 mile races in the US now and I’d like to try as many as I can. No, that’s not exactly right. I don’t just want to start as many as possible. My goal is to finish as many of them as I can. And I haven’t finished this race yet. So on April 30th, 2016 I’ll be getting my revenge on a course that brought me to my knees the last time I ran it.
Could you let bygones be bygones or would you have to run the race again, too?