The Grindstone 100 is billed as the toughest 100 miler on the east coast, though I think there is a legit debate between Grindstone and MMT. It has 23,000 feet of climbing with several big 3K+ climbs. The 6pm start time on Friday also adds an interesting challenge.
I signed up for Grindstone 1.5 weeks before the start date on 10/3. You might say this was a bad idea. You would be right. “Wait Will, didn’t you just fail to finish a 50 mile race and drop down to 36 miles?” That is correct.
I am hoping that 5 weeks away from work, running lots of vertical in the Alps / Massanuttens / Asheville, and lots of rest will be a good recipe for running 100 miles. It is also possible that I am stupendously bad at relaxing on vacation and needed a big goal to focus on. Regardless I will be toeing the line a week from tomorrow at 6pm. Whatever happens I am sure I will have an interesting tale to tell!