A year ago last November, I finished my 3rd 100 miler. It was the Mother Road 100, a one-time running of route 66....ALL ON PAVEMENT!! After the run, depite it being my fastest time, I vowed to never ever do another 100 miler on roads. Fast forward to January this year. I am 0-for-3 in my last 3 attempts in the 100 mile distance. I finsished 4 of 5laps at Rocky Raccoon in 2007 and just sat doan and watched the time limit go by. I just gave up. At Western States, I started the race with a fever and sinus infection. That, with the altitude and undertraining got me pulled at the first time check-point. My blood pressure was 195/115, and I was the 1st runner pulled from the race. At the AT 100, I again was pulled due to missing a time cut-off, although I felt fine and was running ok albeit slow. This streak of three haunts me. And in January this year, some yoyos decided to have another running of the Mother Road, on another portion of Route 66, in the state of Oklahoma. All of my friends who ran it in 2006 are back running it again this year. Kathy, Steve, Dan, Earl, Randy, and 100 mile newbies Johnny, Steve, and Brian are thinking of throwing theirselves into the mix. Then, the RDs make the announcement that if you sign up by March 31, you get the same race number as the last running. I was #3. # 1 and 2 were the Race director and co-director. How can I let a low race number like #3 go? So it's official, I am in.