2014 Pikes Peak Marathon

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

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday, 08/07/11 Green Mountain

Up Back/Down Front 4.69 miles/2,296 vert./1:04:13(40:38 up)/155 avg HR Garmin Data

Reasonably mellow run.  Felt decent despite it feeling crazy hot this afternoon, but was holding back a lot since I want to be fresh for my Grays/Torreys run on Tuesday, as I am looking to nail one last high altitude run before I ease into my taper for Pikes on the 21st. 

Was cruising relatively mellow on the descent and saw a few guys stopped at the Greenman/Saddle jct..  As I approached, the guy with a dog (Anthony I would later find out) took off running down the Saddle Rock trail.  I was tempted to chase, but figured I would stick to my plan of going mellow, just maintain my pace and see what happened.  I slowly crept up on him and his dog (he was slowing a bit to wait on the dog) and noticed he was running in Vibram 5 fingers which made the effort even more impressive.  If he were in cushioned shoes and without the dog, I am sure he would have really given me a run for it, certainly faster than I was looking to go today.

Saturday, 08/06/11 Boulder Creek Path

~7.5 miles/322 vert./~1 hour/8:09 pace/avg. HR 139 Garmin Data

Easy baby jogger run along the creek path.  Met up with Emily and the dogs who were killing time in town while Dave was at a conference, so we walked together for a bit, stopped at the farmers market, then sat in the adjacent park for a while as the girls played on a blanket.  I was enjoying the chat, but had to keep moving, as the clock is ticking on these runs.  Continued up canyon and went about a half mile up after the path transitions to dirt.  Was intending to go until the path ended as usual, but it was a bit too hot and exposed, so I turned around.  I stopped in the shade a bunch of times to let the girls drink out of my bike bottle, which they really seem to like and is an efficient way to keep them hydrated (sometimes I bring along their sippy cups, but they just play with them and do not drink).