Most of the time however, people just shake their head at me.
"You're running how far?!"
"Are you stupid?"
"Run Forrest, run!"
I've come to believe that ultra-running does require some extra chemical in the brain that (1) ignores what everyone else thinks, (2) ignores pain and (3) ignores common sense.
I feel pretty good after last weekend's PF Chang marathon yet with all the elevation of the Coldwater course, I have no doubt I'll be destroyed.
I hate (yes, hate) not fulfilling commitments - especially ones I've paid for! :) Yet at the same time, I feel so under-trained and sloppy that it seems like an exercise in futility to go push the boundaries of the 9-hour cut-off time on Saturday.
Even as I write this, I thought I had decided to run the full 50k...now, I'm not so sure.