Thursday, May 31, 2012


Easy 45 minutes with the dog this morning in Red Rock Canyon.  She ate something disgusting in the parking lot.  Wasn't sure if it was a decaying leg of some small animal or some bad taco bell a mountain biker barfed up.  It was so gross that after the dog ate it, she threw it back up.  And then tried to eat it again!  Dogs.

Awesome article over here on charity.  I've long been turned off by any attempt to raise money (or "awareness," as it's called nowadays) for a cause through running.  It started long ago back in Austin, where it seems nobody just goes and does stuff outside because it's fun, but they always have to hit you up for money for [insert cause here], and it continues to get worse.  I was told this weekend that if I wanted to run Badwater, my "chances of getting in would be helped a lot by raising money for something, especially anything Vet related."  I just want to try to run/walk, slowly, from Badwater to Whitney, to see if I can do it.  Tough enough challenge, but now I'm expected to attempt to save the world on top of that.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

commute #23

Easy six to work, one hour.  Pretty sore after Pikes yesterday.  Went over 1600 miles today, averaging 10.6 miles a day.

New Triple Crown blog post over here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


First trip up the mountain this year.  From Iron Springs (probably seven or so minutes from the race start) I ran to Barr Camp then hiked to the top.  3:47 up.  Back down in just under 2.5 hours for a 6:15 round trip, not counting the half hour I spent goofing off on top.  Really felt it above 13000 feet, need to start getting up high as much as possible.

Monday, May 28, 2012


We won the national title in ultimate frisbee!

Seriously.  Read about it here.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Telluride Brewing

If you look closely, you can see Footfeathers curled up in the fetal position near the house. This is where he fell apart last year.

The Vic


Saturday, May 26, 2012

give me tapers!


Moonlight FTW!

Elevation Brewing


Easy 10K on the Garden roads this morning, one hour.

Working today.  If you drink a beer before 5PM I hate you.  I'll catch up though, off to Salida as soon as I leave the office.

We'll do an over/under since I'm bored.  3:29:59.  Guess right, I'll buy you a beer.  Guess wrong and I'll come collectin'.  Easy course on dirt roads, but I don't get the altitude benefit I had in Jersey.

Friday, May 25, 2012

commute #22

Easy six to work this morning, one hour.

Couple 'o pics from the Triple Crown team.  Not sure why the bottom one is larger than life.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Thunderbird tribute to Slow Aaron

The airplanes, not the fine malt liquor.

quote of the day

"Maybe, with enough money and media coverage, ultrarunning can become something really special like climbing Mt. Everest."

From the comments section of the recent Wash Post article on ultrarunning.

Six miles with the dog in Red Rock Canyon this morning, one hour.  And somehow we're still unable to make a living in this sport.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Took the dog up the Incline.  Pretty dead over there at 4PM on a hump day.  5.5 miles, untimed.  Raining pretty good, I'm not sure what the new Incline Friends policy on inclement weather is but I'm sure they'll have a sign posted soon enough.

AF Graduation

Hard to tell from the above pic, but President Obama is giving the commencement address.  Text of the speech is over here.

Here's a link to the hat toss.  Have a couple other videos of the Thunderbirds, I'll try to post them later.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


AM - Half hour with the dog, three miles.

PM - Easy 10K on the trails at Pueblo Res.  It was 91F at 6PM.

First blog post up at Pikes Peak Sports.  Kid friendly.  Writing about running is pretty boring when you can't mention booze or drop the F-bomb.

Another Jemez pic, this one from pretty early in the race:

Bingo Burger!

Monday, May 21, 2012

more Jemez

Kudos to BT for the pic.


Easy five miles out and back in Williams Canyon with the dog this afternoon.  Felt good.  Looking at two hours down in Pueblo at the state park tomorrow afternoon, then just chilling out until the marathon on Saturday.

DIM hash tonight.  Running is much more fun when drinking is involved.  Or is it drinking that is more fun when running is involved?


11:43:37.  Spent the whole day with my buddy Josh, who was running his first ultra.  Had a blast.  Hardrock training is coming along and I'm right where I want to be.  Still have some stuff to work on but I'll be feeling pretty good come mid-July.

I really liked the new course.  I'd say it's about 75 minutes faster than the old course for a MOP guy like me, but I enjoyed the new loop around the Caldera.  The new second climb, from the floor of the Caldera the top of the ski hill, was a sick joke and you could definitely tell who has the Incline in their backyard and who doesn't.  In fact, the hill was so steep that once I got back to the bottom I had to take a break:

Great to add a new debate to the ultra world: who is the biggest panzee Jemez champ, Rick H or PG?

Awesome time the entire weekend.  Stumbled into the Colfax Tavern near Cimmarron, NM.  I highly recommend taking HWY 64 to Taos next time you're headed that way.  Good article on the joint over here.

Of course, we hit the usual Taos establishments, and some new ones, as well.  Eske's (twice).  Taos Ale House.  Old Blinking Light (I hear there is an OBL in Highlands Ranch as well?).  The Snowmansion.  Williams Lake.  Sabroso.  Good times!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Colfax Tavern

Summit Donut 50K

Going to make a run up Pikes from my house on June 16th, starting at 5:30AM.  That route adds about five flat road miles onto the Pikes Peak Marathon.  Post run burgers and beer on the patio.  Anyone is welcome to join me.


Easy dog jog on the Garden trails.  4.5 miles, 45 minutes.  Taking it very easy during the week due to all these long runs.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Dog and I did the Incline this evening, 'cuz that's how we roll.  Untimed.  Think my legs are almost recovered so I can trash 'em again this weekend.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quad Rock

Awesome day on the trails of Fort Collins.  Thanks to the fantastic FoCo trail running community for the event. This is a perfect way to get ready for Hardrock.  I spent the day goofing off and getting some time on my feet (actually, the time was so slow due to a tactical race between Brandon and I), and my time of 11:31 put me towards the back of the pack.  Had I hammered the course, I could have run around 9:45 and not walked again for a week or two.  I think that time would be about equal to my 8:07 at Collegiate Peaks, so that might tell you something about how rough the QR course is.

Thanks to Rob for the pics!

commute #21

Easy run to work.  5.3 miles, 52 minutes.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


AM - Easy 3.5 miles around Old Colorado City, 33 minutes.  Quads are still pretty beat up, but they'll be fine by this weekend.

PM - Quarters.  1.5 mile warm up, 8 x 400m with 200m RBI, 1.5 mile cool down.  Averaged about 90 per quarter.  Nothing awesome, but it felt good to get the legs spinning again.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Pikes Peak Sports Triple Crown Running Team

AM - 30 minutes easy with the dog, three miles.

Will do a report on the aptly named Quad Rock soon.  Very easy effort, finished in 11:31.  As would be expected, Nick and the FoCo group put on a fantastic event.  Still a lot of work to do before Hardrock, but I'm starting to feel good about where I'm at right now.

I'm now a paid, professional blogger.  I have quit my job and will be living out of my truck for the time being.  Next few weeks in a parking lot in the Garden, then over to the Section 16 trailhead, then some quality time up high on Pikes somewhere.  OK, maybe not, but I do get a hundred bones as well as a comped entry into the Triple Crown.

And since I'm big time now, I need a new profile pic:

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mayor of Old Town

Had a 40 of OE to celebrate my Quad Rock finish.


Friday, May 11, 2012


Easy hour run on the Garden roads.  Six miles.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

commute #20

Hated to run to work on a Thursday, but I had to continue the streak.  Easy 6.3 miles, 54 minutes.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Section 16

Easy loop with the dog tonight, 5.5 miles in just over an hour.  Legs are finally feeling good after the marathon.

marathon pic

Race day shot of me coming down the final stretch.  Deep in the heart of Buttgers country, so I went with the Pitt shirt.

AF graduation

Waited two hours this morning to get tix. Pres Obama is the speaker this year.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Monday, May 07, 2012

Kane's Tavern


Real happy with the race.  Stopped to take a leak at 2.5 miles, and the break allowed the 3:00 pace group to catch up (my wave started 60 seconds ahead).  Kept up with them until the halfway point, then slowly started pulling away, trying to get that minute back.  About mile 19 I tanked, a combination of the lack of speedwork in my training, the headwind along the beach, and a diet consisting of nothing but Tastykakes, Middleswarth chips, and Yuengling all taking a toll. 

At mile 19 the new goal became a BQ (3:15 for old folks like me), so I slowed to eight minute miles.  Around mile 22 I remembered the early entry for every five minute thing, so I picked it up to go sub 3:10.  Around mile 25 I knew if I hammered I could get a sub 3:05.  None of which matters, since Boston won't let me back after my last performance there.

Very happy with the run.  Won't take much to get back into sub three shape for NYC. 

Next up is Quad Rock.  Lots of pressure there, as I have to be considered the favorite since I'm pretty sure I have the fastest marathon time* in the field.

*only counting marathons within the past seven days

Thursday, May 03, 2012


Hour run on the Garden roads.  15 minute warm up, 35 minutes of two minutes hard/two minutes easy, ten minute cool down.  Seven miles.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

bacon maple nut booze

Just received the call from Cheers, the bacon beer has arrived!  So much for showing up to Pennsylvania not hungover...

commute #19

AM - Easy run to work.  6.5 miles, one hour.

PM- Two hours home from work through Bear Creek Park and Red Rock Canyon.  11.3 miles.

In two days I'll be hanging out at the Yuengling brewery!


AM - Easy 4.5 miles with the dog, 45 minutes.  Some days she's harder to control than others.

PM - Late start due to an hour of hot yoga after work.  Quick run up to the Holmes middle school track, 4 x 400m untimed, 1.5 mile cool down.  Motivation just wasn't there.  Another 4.5 miles, 42 minutes.