It was during my run Monday that I first saw the evidence of the fire myself. It was pretty darn remarkable. That sucker is big and bad, still burning, but 30% contained. It is the most costly fire in Colorado's history with over 170 structures torched. Crazy stuff.
On Monday, I ran 7 miles: 4 miles in vff, and 3 barefoot with Holmes. Tuesday, I'd hoped to get a run in with the Max Muscle Longmont group at 7:30 pm, I'd even cleared Homey's participation, but couldn't make it all the way to 7:30. I really prefer to run in the morning, at lunchtime or immediately after work. Sitting around and waiting for a couple of hours and then running smack dab in the middle of dinnertime isn't going to work for me.
Oh well, at 6:50 I slipped on my vff, put the leash on Homey and set out the door. Suddenly we were flying. I didn't have my Garmin on, so I have no idea how fast we were going, but it felt super quick. I really didn't want to be going hard, so I checked my effort by keeping my mouth closed and breathing through my nose the entire run. It still felt fast. Mid-upper 7's I think. Anyway, we kept the distance down, 3 miles.
Yesterday was another day off. I was going to take today, but like Sunday, favorable weather today encouraged me to change my run. I'll get 5 in tonight. Will have my GPS and keep the pace real low: 9-9:30.
|Photo courtesy of the Ouray Chamber of Commerce|
Last year, I was just under 4 hours to the finish. This year, I'm hoping I take at least 20 minutes out of my time. My preparation hasn't been ideal. I was gimpy after the Steamboat Marathon and I decided I'd do the Run Rabbit Run, so I focused more on long endurance efforts rather than raw climbing power and weight loss. Still, I think I'm much more fit than last year, and last year I felt like I could turn around and run back to Ouray after I finished, so 20 minutes might just be doable. We'll see on Saturday. In the meantime, I hope I can sleep the next couple of nights.
Thanks for reading,