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That Mountain, Though

Slightly belated race report here! Excuse my tardiness: As if my summer wasn't crazy enough trying to train for a mountain marathon while caring for an infant, I decided to switch jobs a week after the race. It certainly hasn't been boring!

I did a couple of easy runs in the week leading up to the marathon -- a jog through Palmer Park with the Attack Pack on Tuesday and a Monument Valley shuffle on Thursday, then took it easy on Friday and Saturday. As I wrote before, my nerves kicked…


Posted on September 7, 2017 at 9:30pm

On doing hard things

My nerves are getting to me today. The Pikes Peak Marathon looms large, and although it's something I've done before, it's a rather big something to be doing on a summer Sunday. 

My son is 11 months old today. I knew in March that signing up for this marathon was a big reach, especially as I recovered from a c-section. But I used it as fuel. It was my motivator through…


Posted on August 18, 2017 at 8:30pm

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,…


Posted on August 7, 2017 at 4:20pm

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…


Posted on July 25, 2017 at 4:00pm

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At 10:05am on May 31, 2012, Bill Beagle said…

it was a great morning to run wasn't it? The Garden is so beautiful in that early morning light. I was definitely in the right group….a good pace and I feel as though my training is paying off…going to run the entire course tomorrow morning and plan to make next Tuesday morning's session. Hope you had a good run as well.

At 9:48pm on May 22, 2012, Jody Derington said…

Congrats on being selected for the Pikes Peak Sports Team!!  :-)

At 5:26pm on April 6, 2010, Katy Booth said…
katie schwing -- we need to hike soon!!!

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