On Sunday I watched and I re-watched the WSER finish line video of Gunhild Swanson, at age 70 she crossed the finish line mere seconds before the 30 hour cutoff. Jaw-dropping. After I watched the video I realized that we saw Gunhild at Sun Mountain. She did the 50 miler the same day I did the 50k.
In the back of my mind I have always thought that running a 100 mile race seemed like an amazing, but largely unattainable, feat. The more I hang out with ultrarunners and the more I see that (seemingly) ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things, the more I realize that it isn't unattainable. In fact it's completely possible.
Some day, some day, I will finish a 100 mile race. Likely never Western States, which requires an enormous amount of talent, luck and a qualifying race to get in to. Fortunately there are plenty of amazing races to choose from.
2016 will be the year of the 50 miler. Then I will have to figure out what the future holds. A 100k is the most common step up, distance wise, from the 50 miler, but it isn't a necessary prerequisite for doing a 100 miler. Anyways, one step at a time!