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The Pikes Peak Ascent was last Saturday.  It was like Christmas at my house.  With 5 Eversons running the Ascent and 1 running the Marathon, it was a packed house for a week and it was a blast.

My musings throughout my Mighty…

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Added by Michael Everson on August 25, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

As I put the final wrappings on this year's training for the Pikes Peak Ascent, I can't help but look back and realize the way things are.

Many of my friends know that I am on a quest for 20 years in a row of hammering up and sometimes down Pikes Peak for the Ascent and/or Marathon.  This will be number 17.  After Saturday's race, I will be 85% of the way home.  



Oh the things that I have learned!  It's all about training.  The race is just the culmination of busting your…

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Added by Michael Everson on August 15, 2016 at 10:28am — No Comments

I get high with a little help...

I've been running the Pikes Peak Ascent and/or Pikes Peak Marathon every year since 2000.  While I will brag all day long about my accomplishments (or lack thereof), It is pretty clear that I would not have done what I have done without a little help.  

This blog is dedicated to the people who put up with me, challenge me, and help me. 

I'll start with my family.  My wife has put up with this mid-life crisis for 17 years now, and she has been my biggest fan.  …

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Added by Michael Everson on August 8, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments

We're on a mission

For the past two weeks, I have been racing.  Despite sleep deprivation and a nagging little achilles injury, I have been running pretty well.  So now it's on to the Pikes Peak Ascent in 3 weeks.  And here is who I am running for:…

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Added by Michael Everson on July 30, 2016 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Woah, we're half way there, Woah Oh! Livin' on a Prayer.

Sunday was the running of the Barr Trail Mountain Race (BTMR for you acronym lovers).  This is a race I have loved for years.  There's been a lot of transition in the past 5 years, but it's still just a brutal as ever.  It's relatively simple: run halfway up Pikes Peak, and then run back down for a total of approximately 12.6 miles.  You would think that doing half of the Pikes Peak Marathon would be easy.  It's not.  Once the gun…

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Added by Michael Everson on July 20, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Weekend Warrior

This weekend was filled with quite a few things I MUST do.  I try to do this work/life balance thing and I think I do it pretty well.  I try not to over commit, and I try to prioritize the important things and get them done.  This weekend, these were my priorities: The OC 500, Drums Along the Rockies, The Summer roundup Trail Race.  This was a lot to cram in to one weekend, but I was determined, so I made things work.

Let's…

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Added by Michael Everson on July 11, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Stop and Smell the...

Yesterday morning, Rich  invited me to a memorial hike to honor his daughter, Allie, who died in a car accident last week.  This really hit home for me.  The pain was all too real.  Someone I love and care about had lost the one thing that no parent ever wants to lose.  Another friend, Re, miscarried the day before this. She wrote a little post on Facebook that went like this:  "It was a wisp, a dandelion seed, a spider silk, a puff…

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Added by Michael Everson on July 6, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Elk Park Trail: Just take some photos, would you?

On Saturday, June 25, I gave Elk Park Trail a try.  This is one of my favorite trails because it is really high and has some great views. The trip starts at timberline just off the Pikes Peak Highway and drops about 1800 feet to Barr Camp.  Then you turn around and run back.  It's about 10.5 miles round trip with some gentle, rolling hills, and some good technical stuff as well.…

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Added by Michael Everson on June 27, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A shot at the Summit

Fathers' Day weekend is a good weekend to summit Pikes Peak.  So, I decided after the Garden of the Gods 10 mile race that I would make a shot for the summit on Saturday if the weather was good. The weather was good, so summit I did.

I sent out a Facebook notice that I was going to summit and Marcus Lawler, one of my Inline Club friends responded that he was running to A-Frame on Saturday and would love some company.  Neither one of us were looking to go fast, but just needed…

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Added by Michael Everson on June 20, 2016 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Did I miss church? I think not.

Race number 1 in this venture with the Marmots is complete.  My teammates represented well with a number of age group awards.  I forgot just how awesome this race is from a race and, for sure, from a  spectacular venue point of view.  So here is my race report (think church):

As the members or our congregation gather for the service to come, there is plenty of conversation. Food is shared as well.  I mean Tim Bersten…

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Added by Michael Everson on June 13, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Incline...Stations...Santa Fe...Guide Dog!

My family and I took a little weekend getaway to Santa Fe over this past weekend and it went a little something like this:

I had to get my Incline Club run in on Thursday evening, so thus began the weekend.  The IC ran an interval run up Barr Trail that consisted of 1:00 running hard followed by 1:00 rest.  That lasted 30:00- -15:00 running and 15:00 resting.…

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Added by Michael Everson on June 8, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Oh... My... GOG!

Well, the first run of the Triple Crown is less than two weeks away.  The Garden of the Gods 10 miler is probably my worst event.  So on Sunday, I decided I better get some road running in to see how the tires worked on asphalt and concrete.  This meant running the entire 10 mile course for my Incline Club run. Have I told you how much I hate roads?

Since I'm the guy who sends off all the Incline Club runners every Sunday…

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Added by Michael Everson on May 31, 2016 at 10:24am — No Comments

LRR training run

I've been running Pikes Peak for the past 16 years.  Whether it's the Ascent, Marathon, or both, I haven't missed a year.  The training is the best part of this adventure.  I've met so many people running in, around, and on the mountains around Colorado Springs.

I run with a club called the Incline Club.  It was started by a some people who wanted to get better running up Pikes Peak.  Matt Carpenter and Larry Miller are…

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Added by Michael Everson on May 26, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

I'm a Marmot

Yesterday I was introduced to the Mighty Marmot Nation.  This means I get to run in the Triple Crown for the first time in a long time.  The first race will be the Garden of the Gods 10 miler, followed by the Summer Roundup Trail Run, and culminating with the Pikes Peak Ascent in August. 

I'll be joined on this year's team by Anna Meehan, Danielle Spivey, Jen Samora, David Mulligan, and Mike Mazzola.  .  

I have not run the Garden of the Gods race since 2009.  I…

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Added by Michael Everson on May 21, 2016 at 10:07am — No Comments

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