I now have by second 100 miler under my belt. My last 100 miler was the HURT100 in 2003. After that run, I was a complete mess. My hydration was non-existent, I didn't know what to do with electrolytes, and I never grasped the importance of eating. Even though I finished the HURT100 in 2003, I was mentally and physically drained by the effort; I even had to go to the ER the next morning to receive 5 liters of fluid. I contemplated never running another 100 miler again.
In May 2007, I was on a training run with Jeff Huff. He mentions that he is going to do the Plain 100 in September. (I had heard about this run previously from Don Fallis, but I dismissed it because I didn't want to suffer like I did back in 2003.) Jeff was looking for someone to join him on the run because he said this run is better when you do it as a team. I immediately thought to myself this would be a great opportunity to learn from one of the HURT legends and become an ultra-runner again.
The format of the Plain 100, for those who are not familiar, is an unsupported unmarked 110 mile course through the Central Cascade mountains. You get 1 drop bag at 60 miles. This means everything you need to survive you must carry and you must also be able to read a map and not have any hesitation about drinking water from a mountain stream. Runners must check in at Search and Rescue stations throughout the course to make sure that a bear or cougar hasn't eaten you along the way.