You’re in great physical shape, you’ve been spending the last couple months ramping up your training for the next big race….. and then it happens. It can start off as a small twinge of pain in your knee or as a soreness in your hips which you blow it off and keep running. Then a month goes by and it’s a little more nagging, and your frustration is growing. Now you are even closer to the race and become worried that it will affect your time. What do you do, keep training or…Continue
Added by Michael Phillip on September 15, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments
This year, on the day of the Boston Marathon, I went in for chemotherapy. On that day, I was wearing my own Boston marathon shirt in solidarity with the people who were running the race the year after the bombing at the finish line. My shirt happened to spark a conversation with another gentleman who was in for chemotherapy also. I had really not talked with any other patients up to this point, but as fate…Continue
Added by Tonia Smith on September 13, 2014 at 8:40am — No Comments
If you have been running for a long enough time you are bound to hear the term “runner’s knee.” Hopefully it is another runner complaining they have it rather than hearing it from your doctor’s mouth, but either way you should know what it is and what to do about it. Runner’s knee is medically known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, or PFPS. It…Continue
It's been over a week and I'm still trying to find a way to put the Nolan's 14 experience into words. What's easier to appreciate is the abundance of gratitude I have for the gobs of good fortune and kindness we encountered along the way. Over the past couple of days, deep fatigue has gradually given way to deeper satisfaction. And while I initially thought that 60 hours in the Sawatch would be a test of stubbornness,…Continue
Added by Brandon Stapanowich on September 9, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
I had some good news this week. First, my chemo port is officially scheduled to come out October 7th. I am looking forward to getting this foreign object removed from my chest. I am grateful that I had it, because it saved my veins, but it really is time for it to go. I also discovered that my hair is starting to fill back in where it had thinned out during treatment. My receding hairline will hopefully blend in with the rest of my hair in a few months.…
Added by Tonia Smith on September 8, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments
4am, Saturday morning, August 16th. Hands clasped together and eyes tightly shut, I think to myself- I’m going to do this. This…Continue
Added by Tonia Smith on August 31, 2014 at 6:29am — No Comments
JQRC needs YOUR help for the American Discovery Trail Marathon/Marathon Relay/Half-Marathon (Sep 1). Contact Michael Yowell for more…Continue
Added by Michael Yowell on August 26, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments
My week was marked by two big occasions. First, the kids started back to school. I now have a Junior and a sixth grader. Honestly, I was not ready for my kids to go back to school because I felt like I missed out on half of the summer while recovering from my final treatments. By the time I felt good and ready to really enjoy time off with the kids, we only had half of the summer left. So I was a little sad that it was time for school to…Continue
Added by Tonia Smith on August 25, 2014 at 9:20am — No Comments
Chris Cunningham and I reluctantly went outside on his mom's command to "enjoy the fresh air" that day. We were twelve. Lacking any other appealing options, we decided to head out to his driveway and play catch with a football. A real football, too...not one of those fluorescent, sticky Nerf ones that were only awesome until chunks came out of it. For no real reason, I intentionally overthrew Chris once. Not by a foot or two, but by maybe ten or twenty. Enough to land it straight into…Continue
Added by Sean O'Day on August 25, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments
This year marks the 6th time I've run/crawled/hiked up Pikes Peak for fun. The infamous 4 hour wall was missed by a little over a minute. It seems like the times I've been close (4:01:08 this year, 4:01:18 two years ago), it was partially a result of really bad leg cramps. I went out pretty fast as I got bogged down in the W's last year while attempting to hold back and save some for the top which I didn't think worked for me. This year my splits to top of W's, No-name and Barr Camp were…Continue
Thanks to my fellow wearers of Purple and Gold for blazing the trails with me this summer. We may not be the very fastest Marmots on the Mountain, but we may well be having the most fun.
Thanks to Brianne “Tough as Nails” Pierson for the saying: “If the bone ain’t showin’ just keep goin’” This girl is determination incarnate, who else even thinks of doing the Incline after racing a 10-Miler? Or running the Crags after the Ascent?
Thanks to Beagle for a one of…Continue
Added by Mary Baldwin on August 18, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
I'd say august 16th and 17th are arguably two of the most highly anticipated pair of days for the MUT runners of our state. You've got the famous Leadville 100, TransRockies, and our own local yet internationally renowned Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent.
I've run a bunch of races and I've had a lot of super cool and memorable experiences throughout high school, in college, and now post-collegiately, and this one undoubtedly makes my top 3. First and foremost, it was my first race in as…Continue
Race and the alarm was set for 4:15. I went to bed around 9:30 and woke up around 1:00, again at 3:00 and then the alarm rang at 4:15 as scheduled. I felt good, I felt refreshed and surprisingly I wasn’t nervous.
Breakfast was my normal oatmeal. I doubled checked my sweat check bag and all my other supplies and headed out the door at 6:00. Start line was already crowded and after some scouting by our awesome driver we had a prime spot and its 6:15, plenty of time before the…Continue
The girls had their last week of summer vacation this week. Since we had just returned from our trip 10 days before school started, the last week of summer was filled with appointments, check-ins at school and picking up last minute items in order to be prepared for the first day. Fortunately, the week was not all drudgery.
Added by Tonia Smith on August 18, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments
Tired, grateful, and feeling accomplished at the end of Ascent Day 2014!
Restraint was the name of the game for me as I ran my first Pikes Peak Ascent yesterday. In an effort not to add injury to injury I had to seriously adjust the goals I had for the…Continue
What an amazing day! Yesterday I attempted one of the most difficult things I've ever physically done before....The Pikes Peak Ascent (a half marathon to the top of Pikes Peak, ending at an elevation of 14,114 with 7,815 ft. vertical gain).
I've been training for this race for the past year. Literally.
And I was chosen to represent PikesPeakSports.us as part of their purple…Continue
The Pikes Peak Ascent played host to the World Mountain Running Association Long Distance Challenge. Basically, on top of an already deeply-talented field, an extra 75 or so runners from around the world were invited to represent their countries in the Challenge. Happy to say that Team USA won both the men's AND women's challenges, but damn were there some fast runners from all over the world. The highlight of this race for me - and basically the main reason I was able to run the time I did…Continue
"The hay is in the barn" so they say. I need to have faith that the hard work and miles spent playing in the mountains will pay off tomorrow. There is always that lingering voice of uncertainty that pops up once I step up to the starting line. Regardless of how hard I trained there are always those variables outside the realm of my control that factor in on race day including but not limited to : congestion in the w's, stomach issues, nerves, weather, Aunt Flo's visit, work, and numerous…Continue
Added by Brianne Pierson on August 15, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments