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Thursday, July 13, 2006

that's just sick (sign me up)

the august issue of runner's world features a story on the exquisite pain of pike's peak, detailing the joys and suffering inherent in running a marathon up a mountain.

the pike's peak marathon climbs over 7,700 feet to reach a 14,110 foot tall peak. evidently, most runners take one-half hour longer than their usual full marathon time just to negotiate the half-marathon ascent. though the top three miles are said to require some rockclimbing-under-conditions-of-oxygen-deprivation skills, most folks actually get hurt coming down the hill.

the exquisite pain descriptor seems both silly and apt, but i haven't stopped thinking about this race since reading the article. it might take me 8 hours, but i've gotta try this one...

3 Comments:

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Carla Mantel said...

That IS just sick. And after climbing a little mountain in WA last week, I can attest that my knees (even the Franken-knee) were fine on the Up (though I did learn fun things about altitude and oxygen) and nearly murdered on the way down.

The trick on the Down is to be a slow runner/hiker: with everyone in front of you, you can zig and zag across the trail to minimize the elevation change between steps. Or just bomb down the thing and worry about pain when you get to the bottom. This was the preferred method back when I was in Duluth, in Shape, trail running, and had not yet spent quite a bit of money fixing the knee.

 
At 9:55 AM, Anonymous sarah said...

I have many fond, childhood memories of visiting Pikes Peak during the years my grandparents lived in Colo. Springs. We always did the sensible thing, however, and rode the tram up to the top and back...

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous chris said...

i'm glad the franken-knee is holding up. i'd like to think that i'd bomb the Down, but i'd probably zig-zag a bit. the tram sounds more attractive with each passing year...

 

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