After returning from a holiday/vacation the night before, we realised we could fit in a marathon the very next morning. So why not?! We signed up last minute for another repeat State. We ended up missing the start, running off into the mountains in the dark and we had our bag lost with our car keys. Drama from beginning to end but looking back on it we can laugh… now. Race report online here.
Of all the marathons we’ve done this is among the ones that I am the most proud of completing. The Pikes Peak Marathon is one of the toughest marathons in the world and quite honestly I was nervous every day from the moment we signed up to the day of the event. This is a long blog post, but it was a long marathon and a huge experience! If you’ve got the time, give it a read.
We entered a run that wasn’t a marathon! We slipped this into the schedule because it was ideal training for the ultra-insane Pikes Peak Marathon that we’ve entered in August. It’s “only” 12.8 miles so we should be able to knock that out no trouble, right? Wrong! Peaking at 10,200 feet altitude and with a total of 7,260 feet of elevation change this course will eat you up. We struggled to walk for several days after the race. Although it’s not a marathon we thought we’d write up our experience here.
We returned to Wyoming to repeat the state for a sub-4 hour finish time. It was one of our slower marathons of the year so far but we managed to hit our target and achieve sub-4 state #40! The tough run was definitely helped by a huge spread of food at the end, with everything from fruit to pizza and beers. I’m not sorry to say that the fruit didn’t quite make it to our hands. Full write-up here.