If you look to the right at my race schedule you will see that I have chosen which 100 mile race will be my first attempt...the Burning River 100. But wait, it also says Javelina Jundred. Have I lost my marbles? Probably, but indulge me while I discuss my rationalization.
After doing a lot of research, I decided to run Burning River for several reasons. It is easy for me to get there, there isn't a lot of high terrain, and previous runners have assured me it is well supported and a good fit for first-timers. My hand was actually shaking as I clicked the "submit" button for my entry, but I did it, I entered my first 100 mile race.
Then Jessica had to comment on my blog and offer to pace me. (Even though I've never met you, I think blog comments count as a written contract, so I'm counting on you for at least 30 miles) I looked at the dates and realized there were three months between the races. I should be recovered in three months, right? RIGHT?? Before I knew it, I was filling out another race entry form and clicking the "submit" button again.
Both of these races have the potential of filling up which is why I am entering so early. They also have an option of getting a partial refund if you back out by a certain deadline, so its not like I'm taking a spot from someone else.
Having these two runs on my calendar gives me several options. The best option of course is to run and complete both of them. If, however, something goes wrong on my first race, I can learn from my mistakes, have three months to recover, and still have an entry spot to the Javelina Jundred. If Burning River takes too much out of me, I can still run the JJ100 and take the "wimp out" option and run 100k.
So, how is that for rationalization? Here I am, longest run to date is only 37 miles, and I have not one, but two 100 milers on my calendar. Please tell me I'm not insane!