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August 2013 Blog Posts (14)

Tears of Happiness: Pikes Peak Double

“I can’t believe how HAPPY everyone is," said Kathy Pieper, youngest and first female to ever do the Pikes Peak Ascent. There’s no truer statement about this past weekend. The happiness pouring out of Manitou and Pikes Peak confirmed yet again why the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon weekend is my favorite of the year.…

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Added by Megan Kunkel on August 23, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

What's Next?

So, the best I can say is that I finally completed the Pikes Peak Ascent and my very first Triple Crown of Running series. Certainly not my best times or efforts, but I had tons of fun along the way and met some incredible athletes and human beings in the process. I suppose that is the thread that keeps me in the running community, despite the fact that life has a way of pulling me in the opposite direction at times.  It is the experience as a whole that keeps me lacing up my shoes, rather…

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Added by Vanessa Shawver on August 21, 2013 at 9:37pm — 2 Comments

The "Doubler"

The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are in the books.  Compared to the monsoons we had been having leading up to race weekend, couldn’t ask for a better…

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Added by David Mulligan on August 19, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

People, not places

First things first. I ascended Saturday. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was beautiful, and the finish line was beautiful.

What made the day truly unforgettable for me, though, was people, not places. 

If you can, forgive the sequential synopsis and the unabashed name-dropping. My mile markers for the race of lifetime were the people who impacted it, some in small ways, some in big.

Okay, rewind to March, when Tim Bergsten convinced me to run the Triple Crown and…

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Added by Kristy Milligan on August 19, 2013 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

My Favorite Weekend

7am, Manitou Springs City Hall. A scaffolding of banners overhead, beautiful sunny day. Crazy runners crowded onto the street, nervously looking up at the summit 13.32 miles away, trotting back and forth anxiously for quick, last minute trips to the port-a-potties. A goosebump-raising singing of America the Beautiful, a rush of adrenaline and at last: the gun- the moment I’ve waited 365 days for, the official beginning to the celebration of my favorite weekend all year long.

Four…

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Added by Megan Kunkel on August 16, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

The Final Countdown

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Added by Ryan Johnson on August 16, 2013 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

Incline Decline

It's no secret, since the February 2013 legalization of the Manitou Springs Incline, many changes have occurred. The first and most noticeable was that you have to pay to park everywhere, which can cost anywhere…

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Added by Randi Hitchcock on August 15, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Ready or Not...

Polite inquiries. Well-intended advice. Wrestling with important questions like "Have I prepared enough?" and "How much tapering should I do?"

Yes, the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are less than a week away and all these things abound.

I know the answers differ for every runner, but for me they are as follows:

I am nervous. I am underprepared. And tapering? Taper from what?…

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Added by Kristy Milligan on August 13, 2013 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

Beaver Creek Half Marathon Review

As a side note to a recent family vacation, I spontaneously decided to run the Beaver Creek Half Marathon.  Not necessarily because I love races, but because I realized that in one week I’m expected to complete the Pikes Peak Ascent and my training runs have fallen grotesquely short on both distance and difficulty.  This race boasted one of the most beautiful courses in the Endurance Race Series at an altitude of approximately 8,000 feet and a total of 1,400 feet of climbing. On a whim, I…

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Added by Vanessa Shawver on August 12, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

PPA/M volunteers still needed

“The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon still need volunteers and they know that Jack Quinn Running Club members are up to the challenge! Every JQRC member who volunteers will receive TWO (YES TWO!!!) run credits for each day they volunteer.  FOR THE ASCENT (Saturday 17AUG) we need at least FIVE JQRC  volunteers to work on the summit of Pikes Peak (sweat check, finisher medals, etc.) AND FIVE JQRC volunteers to be course marshals from tree line to the summit of Pikes Peak. FOR THE MARATHON…

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Added by Michael Yowell on August 8, 2013 at 11:02pm — No Comments

It's Taper Time!

Tapering – it’s something some runners love, possibly a magical world filled with rainbows and chocolate and ice cream off in the distance dreamed of during long runs in the bulk of training, or something runners hate, loving every single step of their last long run before the dreaded period known as the ‘taper’.

While I know plenty of people that covet the taper, counting down the days towards its commencement, I am of the opposite party – I (hmm not quite hate, but let’s go with it)…

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Added by Megan Kunkel on August 7, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Taper or Not to Taper?

Normally I would probably start tapering at about this point.  This year, however, hasn’t been a “normal” training year and I don't feel like I've put in the work as in years past.  Two weeks to go until the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon (yes, the Double) and I have yet to get above Barr Camp.  It's probably too little too late, but decided to drive up to the summit to get in a 3-2-1 today.  We knew the Peak did get some snow yesterday evening, but much to our surprise we found an ice rink…

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Added by David Mulligan on August 4, 2013 at 5:23pm — 7 Comments

Pain....It Does Not Discriminate

After having such a blast at the 12K Summer Roundup, I took heed to one of my previous blogs and allowed myself to recover appropriately. It was about ten (10) days with no physical activity because of illness. I did not panic knowing the Pikes Peak Accent was five (5) weeks away at that time. So on my first day back after suffering from those bad allergies I told myself "Just Build Your Base!".

My goal was to run the stairs at my place of work on Schriever AFB. Stair running has been…

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Added by Melvin Watson on August 2, 2013 at 9:27pm — 6 Comments

This is only the beginning

This is not a race report. There is nothing about my race, my tactics or how I felt riding my bike. This is a reflection of the series and how having something as simple seeming as the Ascent Cycling Series can become the focus of the summer. It's also about development as a rider - both in skills and confidence.

There's something fun about racing a series. It's more then just go out and suffer one time, then done. There are second chances to make up for a bad race and the…

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Added by Tracy Thelen on August 2, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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