Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Race Report: 2013 Pikes Peak Ponderous Posterior 50K

This wasn’t a race (for me, anyway) and it wasn’t a 50K (new course due to last summer’s fires).  It’s just easier to file it that way on the blog.

I tried to avoid this event with a list of excuses a mile long, but ultimately could not stay away.  I’m glad I went.  It was a beautiful day on beautiful trails with a great group of runners.

I’m fat, out of shape, just recovering from a 10 day illness, and knew this was going to hurt.  It was going to be a day for putting on the big-boy pants and showing up to take my medicine.  I haven’t done any climbing or even run over 20 miles in one shot since October.  I have eaten a lot of food, though.

Shorts and T-shirts were the order of the day.  We usually get a week or so of mild weather in January and the Team CRUD guys have their race dialed in to hit it perfectly every time.

I felt okay for the first section, then the big climb took a bit out of me.  My calves did their usual routine and I ran half of it with numb feet (no fun), but at least I didn’t have to stop.  After that I got rolling with a nice group including Jaime and Hillary that cruised the length of Captain Jack’s at a great pace.  Once we hit the aid station I was pretty much done for the day and spent the next few hours jogging and hiking along.  It was so nice to be out there, I really enjoyed it (mostly).  Definitely glad to have made the effort to get down there.

Big thanks to JT for hosting and to Team CRUD for putting on such a great event!

Shorts @ 7am on a January morning. One week ago I stepped out my front door for my Saturday run and it was 4 degrees.

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Blue sky day.

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A little cool in the deep canyons, but not too bad.

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The terrain and trail surface reminded me of the North Fork 50.

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Aid station mile 12. Grab some cookies.

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Great views of Colorado Springs. I’m mighty jealous of the trail network they have down there.

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Course marking was excellent.

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Good medicine!!

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This was mostly an excuse to stop and rest…

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I hustled through the last part to squeak in under 5 1/2 hours. With 7 seconds to spare!

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No wonder I was tired.

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