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Races, planned and unplanned

So in the interest of not dying during the Pikes Peak Marathon coming up in less than two weeks (um, yikes), I decided to put my minimal summer training to the test the past two weekends in a race setting. 

The original plan was to spend July 29-30 at Barr Camp with my husband and the baby. We'd backpack up Saturday morning, spend the night in our tent, I'd wake up at some ungodly hour on Sunday to summit, and then we'd pack everything up and head down. Sounded like a grand adventure,…


Added by Katie Benzel on August 7, 2017 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Pikes Peak Ascent

I put together a YouTube video of my run/hike to the top of Pikes Peak.  Enjoy!


Added by Robby Comstock on August 7, 2017 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Epic Weekend Adventure

This past weekend I completed that first unofficial attack pack double in 14 hours and 12 minutes.  I say unofficial because it is something I made up in my mind while on a Tuesday morning run with the attack pack.  The midnight pony (15 mile run around Rampart Reservoir at night) was coming up and Ramsey said that before hitting the trail he would of already biked a bunch of miles and swam as well.  He knew he was going to be tired but was still going to do the run.  I then said I was…


Added by Robby Comstock on August 7, 2017 at 12:24pm — No Comments


I woke up this morning, made my coffee, sat in my favorite chair and noticed how much I am enjoying this beautiful Fall day... Wait a minute! It's only 7 August! I am not complaining by any means. I love the cooler weather. One thing that I have learned this year is that I am much more comfortable running and being outside when its a lovely 50-60 degrees versus 90 or higher. I remember running the shadow races (a race that you do in the Middle East while the real race is going on in the US)…


Added by Shana Biese on August 7, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Berry Pickin Marmot to Xterra Marmot

Berry Pickin Marmot

August 5, Vail, Colorado

Started the morning off with a nice little 2000 feet ascent over 3 miles. The race ended at 4.5 miles, but some of it was traverse and downhill!! The climb was literally breath taking. Not only was the race climbing 2000 feet, but it started out at 8,022 feet. The single track including beautiful creek crossings, Aspens, and views that are so wonderful it is hard to describe. This will be my last big ascent training run…


Added by Kari Taylor-Romero on August 6, 2017 at 6:25pm — No Comments

2017 Pikes Peak Ascent is Almost Here!

Wow how time flies.  I can't believe that the Ascent is just two and half weeks away.  Actually I can believe it. 

I started training for the Pikes Peak Ascent in December of 2016.  Why so early you ask? I started my running career in January of 2016 and weighing 206 lbs. January to December I made huge strides in improving my running and getting into shape losing 26 lbs.  However I was primarily running flat terrain and not very much trail. I knew I had a ton of training to do to be…


Added by Robby Comstock on August 2, 2017 at 9:22pm — No Comments

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and SHANA Oft Go Awry........

Quick side note before we get into the thick of things. I feel like I haven’t given enough love to our other Marmot Sponsor, Mountain Equipment Recyclers. I just went in there the other day because I needed a sleeping mat, and they had the…


Added by Shana Biese on July 31, 2017 at 8:14am — No Comments

Running in Taryall, Colorado

I often find myself with writers block.  I have decided to venture into vlogging my running activities.  These videos will be  raw and real with very little editing. 


Added by Robby Comstock on July 30, 2017 at 5:49pm — No Comments

JQRC 01 August 2017

Happy Colorado Day…..141 years young J


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Added by Michael Yowell on July 30, 2017 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Love Hate Relationship with the Incline

Why does everyone love the Incline?  To my readers please answer this. 

The negatives:

  • I can't run up the thing so I am just walking
  • To many people, unless it is the winter time or the weather is bad
  • Top section of the trail still needs repair and is one big hazard

The positives:

  • One hell of a leg work out

As you can see I dislike the Incline more than I love it.  Just the other day the attack pack running…


Added by Robby Comstock on July 30, 2017 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Slow Marmot/High Marmot/Wet Marmot

Officially finished the Barr Trail Mountain Race!! However, I was the last official finisher within the 3:30 time limit. I knew this race was going to be tough. It was more of a mental issue this year. Last year, 2016, I took a nasty fall at Lightening Point and literally broke my cheek bone and sprained my right ankle really bad. I was fretting about finishing this race again since I took that fall last year. Race morning, I woke up and repeated to myself, all I need to do…


Added by Kari Taylor-Romero on July 29, 2017 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Forgive yourself! Be flexible!

When I wrote my last post, I was literally boarding a plane to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We headed to this beautiful part of the world as a graduation present for my step-son, Dylan. As I packed for this trip, I packed workout gear for everyday. The hotel we stayed at had a good gym, including spin bikes. My motivation to workout was high, especially coming off one of my best training weeks, in awhile.

I don't know how many of you pack workout gear and never touch it, but that…


Added by Christina Miner on July 29, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Slow Motion

So by now I've learned that keeping up with the blogging is much harder this year than it was last time. Sorry, Tim! 

Anyway, less than a month to go before we all toe the line to take on The Mountain. (Hoping our trials against it are more successful than those against the Game of Thrones character by the same name.) Since I last checked in, I've raced twice: the Summer Roundup Trail Run, aka the second leg of the Triple Crown, and the Barr Trail Mountain Race, aka the scrappy little…


Added by Katie Benzel on July 25, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Day Shana Got High: A Tale of Triumph and the Attack of the Great Bonk Monster

"I woke in the morning 

and I stepped outside

And I took…


Added by Shana Biese on July 23, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

JQRC 25 July 2017

Hello Quinnian’s!


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Added by Michael Yowell on July 23, 2017 at 8:26am — No Comments

'Tis the Season

I remember my first trip up to train on the summit of Pikes back in the summer of 2014 one morning shortly after Mt.…


Added by Shannon Payne on July 22, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments

Pretty good week!

The past week has included some good training days. In the past 7 days, I have worked out for 5 of them. That is great news, even though it has not included any running. I have used the stationary bike and a couple versions of elliptical machines. In addition, I lifted 3 times!!

I am excited about my opportunity to run the Pikes Peak Marathon and I am going to do everything I can to ensure that I can finish and stay healthy.

An interesting part about cross training is the… Continue

Added by Christina Miner on July 18, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments

JQRC 18 July 2017

Check out our new website (www.JackQuinnsRunners.com) and let us know what you think.


Joining us this week at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and Restaurant:

- Boulder Running Company



Added by Michael Yowell on July 16, 2017 at 8:50am — No Comments

Pikes Peak Elite Track Club: "Think Global, Race Local"

They say "Think global, act local," and the same can be applied with racing. After having raced all over the globe from Mungyeong, South Korea to the LA Olympic trials, to Doha, Qatar and Eugene, Oregon; many of our runners have been enjoying the local racing scene right here in Colorado Springs! While qualifying…


Added by Amanda Winslow-Rego on July 13, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Frustrated, but Thankful!

 actually wrote this post yesterday and almost submitted it, but chose to sit on it for a day and look at it again today. I don't usually do that, I usually think of something I want to share during a run and then just sit down, write, and then hit submit.

I do not know why I chose to sit on this one. Maybe it was the hope my thoughts about my race would change or maybe it was the sheer vulnerability I put in writing. Truth be told, it was both. My friend Dan Angeles suggested that…


Added by Christina Miner on July 10, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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