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...