Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run 2013

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Distance 47.6 miles
Time 10:04:52
Overall 134 of 587
GPS Analysis Garmin Connect

Previously, previously.

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My last run of this race produced a pretty memorable performance for me in 2011. I knew I was going to have my work cut out if I wanted to eclipse that time from before. But there were obvious issues in that performance so I figured I could address those and score a PR. This was the night before the race thinking — which always gets me believing the wrong things. So I lined up and figured I would see what the day brought.

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run 2013

My kids met me along the way. Always great to see them in route. They instantly started arguing about something and I figured I had stayed long enough.

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run 2013

I don’t know what this is but my wife tends to capture the best images of me.

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run 2013

I gotta go kids! Meet you at the next stop.

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run 2013

The rain started as I hit Printer Boy inbound. It wasn’t too bad for me. Others suffered later in the day I bet as it poured.

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run 2013

However, an aid station guy and Kim sort of talked me into taking my coat. I wasn’t keen on it but I went with it. The rain stopped minutes later and I had to drag my coat with me to the finish. This clearly cost me the course record.

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run 2013

Visiting with a fan club member. He wanted an autograph.

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run 2013

Anyway, on the race. I just didn’t have any big gears today. I think its a combination of my fitness and my lungs. But I will take what I can get. Seems to warm up 3-4 hours into the run. When I had my best run on this course, I DNF’d at the LT100. Related? So maybe a mediocre run will get me what I need. I was really working to try and break 10 hours. Was doing math from the Iowa Gulch turn inbound. Ran harder there than anything else all day. Wheels started coming off with 1 or 2 miles to go. As I was 5 minutes out, I realized the reroute of the finish and I came up short. Oh well. Bottom line — I got a good 50ish mile training run in about 4 weeks out. That’s gotta do something.

Oh, and going back up Ball Mountain there was a bull moose off in the distance. Awesome! Weird. It looked like a gigantic dog and ran that way. First wild moose sighting!

Great seeing so many friends out there today. Once again got a ton of random shout-outs from people I have yet to meet. Those that pulled up by me constantly mention the blog posts I did on this race previously as a great resource. That’s when I used to take a camera on my runs. Those were the days.

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run 2013

I went 47.60 miles with an elevation gain of 7,728 feet in 10:05:09, which is an average pace of 12:43. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.

  • GZ

    Is it orange you are picking out?

    As always my man … you inspire.

  • GZ

    Is it orange you are picking out?

    As always my man … you inspire.

    • Yes, I am the fruitarian now while racing. Watermelon, bananas and oranges. But the oranges are the hardest to consume.

  • Glenn

    Grats! 10:04 is hot, don’t care what you think.

  • Solid day. Nice run, man.

  • Jeff James

    Hear you on the last 2 miles – made it under 10 hrs with 11 minutes to spare – could have gone either way. Sun was out at the end and I was thirsty! Nice write-up.