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Manitou Springs, Colorado
United States
Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc.
85F / 29C
Total Time = 8h 25m
Overall Rank = 563/800
Age Group = M30-35
Age Group Rank = 60/?
Pre-race routine:

Arrived two days before race, body still wasn't acclimated to the elevation. My breathing was noticably tougher. Up at 6am, showered, stretched, ate a pop tart and about 20oz of water.
Event warmup:

  • 8h 25m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 19m 16s  min/mile

4:57 ascent. 3:27 descent. The way up was tough due to the loss of oxygen... 50% oxygen content at the peak relative to sea level. Got a little dizzy, heart wanted to jump out of my chest. My hands got super swollen and my fingers all turned purple. I never stopped for a break. 45*F at the summit felt really nice.

Descent was tougher than I expected. Although the oxgen improvement really got the adrenaline going, I had no agility for the various rocks and roots. My quads were fried by mile 19 and jogged sparingly thereafter. I almost took a horrible face-plant at mile 22 with a succession of three trips, somehow I managed to stay upright. I'm very happy I escaped with all my teeth and no scratches! I saw many people vomiting and falling down on course. The last mile was off trail into Manitou Springs, paved with only 6% downgrade... I ran that sucker in 7 minutes :)
What would you do differently?:

I would do weighted squats in training to prepare for the descent. My quads were no match for that mountain.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of oxygen. Steep of downgrade.

Event comments:

My goal was to survive and beat the cut-off (6:30 to the summit, 10:00 for the course) I beat it by 1:30. I did well on the ascent, I sucked a big one on the way down. Happy with my effort and results. My favorite running shoes are shot after this one. I've never even touched a mountain much less trained on one or at elevation. I will have to consider doing the double next year... ascent (half) on Saturday and full marathon on Sunday. Everyone I met, whether volunteers or runners, were amazing people... great camraderie out there. I would recommend this race to anyone with the testicular fortitude to give it a shot.

Last updated: 2013-08-20 12:00 AM
08:25:00 | 26.2 miles | 19m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 60/?
Overall: 563/800
Performance: Good
Course: 13 miles up Pikes Peak, 13 miles back down. Total averages to 11% incline but there were several flat areas... I'd say the average incline was closer to 14% with max 17% towards the top.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %?
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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