Two weeks until my third Pikes Peak Marathon and I thought it was a good time to reacquaint myself to the Barr Trail Highway. I took a pretty relaxed run/hike from Hydro Street to the "2 miles to summit" sign and was hitting the splits (based on Matt C's pacing calculator) right about on a 3:30 ascent pace (my best is 3:40). I was feeling like a had a lot left in the tank for those last 2 miles to the summit. I did run the W's which I don't think I will be able to do in the race. I just don't think it is worth the extra effort to get ahead of the masses at the start. I'll probably only lose about 5-10 minutes to my running pace to No Name Creek anyway. And, of course, the real race doesn't start until A-frame (timberline).
Don't know what shoes I will be wearing. Wore the Hokas today, but they are done. A great shoe when new, but no durability for me. The medial side of the shoe is mashed, the treads are worn smooth and falling off, and I took a sharp rock right up through the EVA foam. Only 400 miles on them, so not too happy for what I got for $170. In my opinion, not a good shoe for an overpronater, even with orthotics. Looks like I'll be running in my worn out Cascadia 6's (500 miles) tomorrow. Oh yeah, I don't like those shoes either.
It sounds like Matt Carpenter will be racing the marathon again this year, which I am very glad to hear.
Today's run: Pikes Peak Marathon Course from Hydro Street to "2 to summit" sign and back.
19.65 miles, 6162 feet climbed, GPS data here
|Awesome morning just below 13,000 feet.|
|My turnaround point today.|