Leadville Trail Marathon 2013

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Distance 26.2 miles
Time 5:34:59
Rank 127 of 625
Max Elevation 13,188 feet
GPS Analysis Garmin Connect

Previously.

First race of the season in Leadville is done. I PR’d the course by over 20 minutes. The day itself was pretty uneventful. I thought it would be a good fitness test as I build to the 100 in August. It was. I learned my fitness isn’t as good as other years right now. This was expected actually. I haven’t put in the volume this year as in past years. Time, stress, whatever. All excuses. But I used to peak in June and be pulling out my teeth by August. Maybe this year I will get the timing right.

Leadville Trail Marathon 2013

Anyway, it was fun to get back on these trails and run the marathon here again. But I still do not love this course. I prefer the directness of the half. But I can say that the hours melted by. I would literally look down and another hour had elapsed. I remember this course dragging on and on before. Guess I am more used to time spent on my feet now.

Leadville Trail Marathon 2013

I was really hampered by my breathing today. Seems to be getting worse. I lazily attribute it to some exercise-induced asthma. I am getting close to seeing a doctor about an inhaler and seeing how it changes my performance. Lance doped. Its cool now a days.

Never pooped the whole time. Go iron supplement.

Leadville Trail Marathon 2013

Finally, started getting some legs on the descent back into town as it started hailing & snowing on us. Felt like I could keep running at that point for a long time. Am I finally warmed up now? I cracked a smile coming back into town — no matter how unsatisfied on my personal scale of wanna-be-awesome-ultra-runner that was….its still rare air to just wake up and run 26 miles ABOVE the highest city in the United States.

Leadville Trail Marathon 2013

My family missed the finish. They were there but I flew by with all my amazing speed. Thanks to my friends Courtney and Shad for the photos.

No post-marathon soreness. Good! 50 miles here in two weeks. I expect that to hurt.

I went 26.17 miles with an elevation gain of 5,837 feet in 05:34:59, which is an average pace of 12:48. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.