The race started among a fog/mist that we wouldn't escape all day. I took lots of pictures, followed the action on the race course (partly along the almost magical Blue Ridge Parkway) with Bryon Powell & the Roes' and checked in with Justin from time to time who was making a valiant attempt at a technical/rocky/mountainous 100k for a flatlander Floridian. Near the end of the race, minutes after Wardian makes a wrong turn (that's a whole other story you can read about in the later mentioned TrailRunner article), a lot of us were hanging out at the Slacks Overlook parking lot and the discussion once again turned to DNF'ing. I was quoted in TrailRunner Magazine's multi-page UROC arcticle (December 2011 issue, page 48) when I told AJW "its better to DNF than DNS" (meaning its better to start and make an effort but not finish than to never have started and tried in the first place). This of course was meant in the 'off the couch' spirit of getting out there and trying something and even if you fail at least you tried, and not directed at him for being smart and not running due to PF issues he had been battling.
FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) also plays a big role. I had a great deal of fun spectating last year and if I'm out taking my time on the 50k I'm not going to have the chance to get back out on the course to watch the end of the 100k unfold. I'm also planning to lend my car to Bryon Powell during the race to help with online coverage and it should work out well that I can jump in with him when I drop. I'd like to think i'll be able to provide some support for iRunFar like last year as they cover the race as well. And of course if I'm out on the course for the final few hours of the race there's a shot I can get some more pictures of the runners, the course, the views or whatever.