While doing my registrations for this year, I switched at the last minute from the 1/2 to the full marathon in Leadville this summer. I don’t know why I let my mouse click that button but I did. So this Saturday, after a 3 year hiatus from marathons and 4 years since my first Leadville Trail Marathon, I return to the mining district for 26 and change.
I am going to do the standard runner douche move and downplay the event. Its not my goal race. Mostly just trying to get out there and have a longer day on the trails with support. The clock should help keep me in check a bit though. Plenty of friends out there this year, especially you Leadwomen and Leadmen, to keep me company. So I will see what the day brings but I am excited to get back up to Mosquito Pass once again. Ball Mountain? Not so much.
6,300+ feet of vertical over 3 climbs? Maxing out at 13,200 feet? All miles over 10,000 feet? Hardest marathon in the US? You know what I call that…Saturday.