2014 Pikes Peak Marathon

2014 Pikes Peak Marathon
2014 Pikes Peak Marathon, Ready to Rock (or be rocked)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday, 06/20/11 Green Mountain

Up/Down front 4 miles/2,276 vert./53:58 RT (33:34 up) Garmin Data

What a great run this evening!  Perfectly cool temperature, a bit of rain, overcast sky and I felt great, absolutely 0 achilles anything and no excuses.  I had no plan, just figured I would get on the trail and just run according to how I felt and it just so happened that I felt better than I have in a long long time.  I did not really pay attention to splits, just ran what felt smooth, flowing, comfortable and never really pushed too hard, just rolled with it.  My breathing was relaxed and my legs were rock solid. 

The summit came way too soon, where I was wishing I could have doubled the vertical and feel I would have maintained that same pace no problem.  This was one of the rare days lately where I wanted more instead of seeing the summit as an end of the suffering.  The down went really well too, I just cruised and felt very on top of things.  This was my fastest ascent and RT of the year, which I feel good about, but most importantly, the fact that it felt so easy was a huge confidence boost.  I was starting to feel a bit down on myself about lackluster training runs, but now I am realizing those poor runs were much more influenced by heat and poor timing (not to mention the achilles and inconsistency, but feel I "only" have inconsistency and thus timing to deal with).