The one defining characteristic of OD that has scared me away all these years is the infamous Virginia heat and humidity that settles in Fort Valley in late May. Having always considered myself a cold-weather runner, I have steered clear of hot races, but I realize now that it was fear of failure, not the heat, that had kept me away. And, after running in the canyons of the Bighorn 50 for the past few summers and regularly spending a few mornings a week in the sauna at my gym, I am much more confident about how my body handles heat. A few weeks ago, I entered OD and committed myself to training smart and consistently for my fifth 100 finish. I know the odds. It will be hot. I will suffer. But the idea of running 100 miles in the hot, humid, and beautiful Virginia countryside both scare and delight me.