Leadville Trail Marathon Weekend
|Father's Day rock hunting|
So this weekend I pushed the boys in the Beast through a packed swarm of runners making sure to give well wishes to everyone I knew before the national anthem started. And before I knew it I was basically alone in the street with the boys watching the last of the runners head up into the hills.
|Photo: Elizabeth; Elizabeth and I pre-race|
I was keeping a close eye on my watch 6:25, 6:26...and finally found Bill and Peggy casually enjoying some beers. As calmly as I could I said you know I think Elizabeth should be finishing any minute. They kind of looked at me a bit shocked and I said I was racing up a couple blocks to see her come down. After an hour of not finding her I was beginning to panic...certain the only explanation was that I had pushed her to run to fast and she fell and was in a medic tent somewhere. Just then I turn around to see her and learn she had finished in 6:30 on the dot! A huge PR for her! I'm fairly certain going into that race I believed...I knew she could run a 6:30 a hell of a lot more than she did. She thought I was crazy to say she should be shooting for sub-7. So when I casually mentioned...after a Rio marg...that I thought she really should be aiming for 6:30 I'm pretty sure she thought I had fallen off my rocker! Watching her take on this challenge, year after year, putting in the hard work to get here, doing it all at sea level on flat roads, and then pushing herself mentally to run faster and stronger than she thought she could...that's what Leadville is all about. That's where the magic is. That's the inspiration that sets the tone for the rest of the season. So a week into my RRR training I got to experience the magic and I know that's going to set the tone for a great race in a couple months. Sunday I got out onto the 100 course and found myself grinning ear to ear as I threw down some crazy fast miles. That's what this year is all about...every step with a smile!
|ice cream social at Sugarloafin'|
|enjoying the views around Turquoise Lake|
|hill repeats up 'mini powerlines'|
|See ya soon Leadville!|