Black Toes

Trail running, running, and hiking in Colorado's Front Range.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Tour de Golden

I'm fortunate to live at around 6000', in the town of Golden. It's where they make Coors, and the town has a permanent scent of hops. Ok, maybe I'm not fortunate that the town where I live smells of beer, but it is at a nice altitude that makes training nice. It's great when I go down to Chicago or somewhere low where I can sustain 8'14" for about 8 miles.

Anyway, I went for my long run today. I've had a lot to think about lately, especially all the crap with grad school and my advisors. So, needless to say I had lots of pent up energy.

I managed to take a couple pictures with my new camera during my run. Here's a picture of Golden with lots of water vapor in the air. The photo was taken after a series of long hills (which are plentiful here in Golden):




Last weeks 11 mile run looked much the same. We got hit with about a foot of snow the next day. Here's me at 11.6 miles, looking sweaty but no worse for the wear:



It was a great run. I ran 12.49 miles in 1 hour, 58 minutes and 31 seconds. It works out to around 9'29" for the whole run, which I think is pretty good considering all the climbing one has to put up with running around here. Maybe I'll be able to break 4:00 for a marathon if I'm lucky. I'm really hoping I can break 5 hours for my 50 km race in April. I'm not a particularly fast person, so I'm hoping that my build will help me in 50 km, 100 km, and 50 mi races. I wish I was a greyhound, but alas I'm not...

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