Last year, we did not have much of a winter. There was a sad lack of snow, unusually warm weather, and people mad about having bought a lift tickets to places with no moisture. This year, it is a real Alaskan winter. Running has slowed down and become less frequent, but ice fishing and skijoring has increased.
Maybe it looks hard. Maybe it was. Maybe it was hillier than we thought it would be. Whatever. Totally counts as hike 5/52 also!
Amanda: 1:50:33 7/146 AG 179/1583 OA
Rory: 1:47:11 13/82 AG 125/1583
I love it and I hate it. I am thankful that I can run. I did a marathon once, but that was almost a decade ago. I think my last race was a 5k sponsored by a doughnut company.
One of my favorite running memories is from 2008:
In Argentina, I ran La Carrera de Miguel. After the race, I saw a kid that looked to be about 16 years old. His shoes had giant holes in them.
So I gave him my shoes. He needed them more than I did. I wouldn’t be running until I get to Boulder where I can buy another pair. Turns out this kid was pretty fast. He won his age group and gave me his medal. It was a great experience. Mothers of some of the people that were killed by the regime showed up to talk to the runners.
The new goal is to run at least one mile every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
>Putting on a marathon is no easy task. A lot of people really came together to make it all possible. I worked for what feels like 4 days straight. It was the night before the race that was the most brutal. Building the finish line at 2 am so that we could put out mile markers at 4 am. I had to make sure that all of the aid stations were fully stocked by the time that the runners got there. I hate being on the course when the race begins, but it was necessary this year. I have a lot of changes that I want to implement for the Spring Half Marathon that we will put on in March. Most of the changes will make my life easier, but the runners probably won’t notice.
I drove a lot of different vehicles over the weekend. We had cargo vans, pickup trucks, 17′ trucks, and 26′ trucks. U-Haul execs must be bored. They put fun facts on the side of every big truck, but they also play the U-Haul version of “Where’s Waldo?” All the big 26′ trucks with the pictures have a hidden U-Haul guy somewhere in the picture. Here are a couple that I found.
>Last weekend was the Boulder Peak Olympic distance triathlon.
Swim: 25 minutes
My bike still needs lots of work and I feel like it always will. The most exciting thing was that I hit a fox going about 35 mph down the back side of Olde Stage Rd. He jumped out right in front of me and I clipped his back end. My front wheel wobbled and I screamed as I wondered which side of my body was going to get the worst road rash. Things worked out and I didn’t crash. I looked back and saw the fox lope across the road. Looks like we both made it! I was probably a bit more cautious after that than I would have liked to be.
Nearly at T2 three guys were riding side by side and a car was trying to pull out perpendicular to them. I passed them as the car nearly took us all out. One of the guys crashed into my rear wheel. We both stayed upright and almost doesn’t count.
So a couple of close calls and I was happy to be out on the run. I ran hard and passed more people than passed me. My run kept me just under 7 minutes per mile and I am very happy with that. Today I rode my bike and I look forward to the 70.3 next month!
>I am the race course manager for the 2010 Boulder Marathon. Come and run with us. BoulderMarathon.com
I also signed up for my first ever fly fishing competition. I have no idea what to expect, but just realized that I don’t have the equipment necessary that they require. I have a 9ft 5/6 weight (thanks Steve), but need a 9ft 5 weight. Here is more info about the fishing competition at the Teva Mountain Games. The idea is that you have to cast for accuracy and distance before you are allowed on the water to try and hook a fish. This weekend is the absolute mayhem of the Boulder Creek Festival. We took the dogs and felt like real Boulderites.