|Great tech shirt!|
The first half mile was actually uphill...what the heck? Once we crested that hill, it was pretty much downhill until we got to the last mile...again--what the heck? The first miles were definitely a struggle for me due to the altitude. (I was also favoring a sore ankle.) I am used to heat and insane humidity but this felt different. Instead of the overall feeling of heaviness the humidity causes, I just felt a burning sensation in my chest. Where do you keep the air in CO? I had no choice but to keep it slow.
Sometime during mile 8, the missing air returned. Yes, I could breathe! At this point, it was warm again but the absence of humidity was very much appreciated. I did my darnedest to make up the time lost at the top. I'm very proud of the fact I ran my best second half of a half marathon EVER. Had the last mile not flattened out and actually had an uphill finish, I may have gotten a PR. Oh, well - another day. [I did not train for this race as I didn't even know anything about it until 2 weeks prior.] By the way, at altitude, a flat section feels like UPHILL. The last portion and finish line were located in a loose gravel lot. This is probably the only negative thing I can say.
|The medal is as big as my face!|
Overall, this was an awesome experience. The route followed a rushing stream and there were times I turned off my music just to listen to the water. We'd run around a curve and be staring up at a huge mountain silhouetted against a beautiful blue sky. Stunning. A definite "this is why I run" event. Race organization was great. There were plenty of fluid stops. We were given a printed card with our race stats. Very nice. The after party had a great rock band! The food was OK and a local beer was provided. Even though my quads were trashed for days, I'd absolutely do this one again!