More pictures of inanimate objects from above 14,000 feet!
This was the loop from Massive TH up and over to North Half Moon Lakes near Leadville…about 15 miles and 4,000ft of climbing. Glad to squeak this one in before the snow flies.
Leadville in the distance
Looking at Massive
From the summit
Half Moon Lakes
The decision to enter the Silver Rush 50 was last minute and somewhat casual for me as opposed to my only other 50 mile race last year which I agonized over for weeks. I really can’t explain the decision to take this on other than I felt ready…..that’s it. I had been running at higher elevations with The Rocky Mountain Runners for many of the prior weeks….but all that was done just because we all of love to run. I have also managed to climb 5 fourteeners in the last 6 weeks so I think that helped the confidence. Whatever it was, I am just grateful to have my health dialed in to the degree that I can run for 50 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing in 8:59:41.
Five of us from the Rocky Mountain Runners ran this event and everyone had a great day. Ryan, Neeraj and I broke 9 hours. Mike who ran on some tired legs broke 10 hours. Then of course there is Leila who won the women’s race and set a new course record two weeks after the Western States 100 where I paced her. Many other RMR showed up to support and cheer for us which I think everyone is grateful for……especially me because I am stealing several of their pictures as I was not carrying a camera.
This is the first race I have ever listed to music. I think the music was inspiring because I ran an 11 minute negative split over the second half and really had that “Eye of the Tiger” feeling coming home.
As I was crossing the finish line, they announced the wrong name. No matter. Just happy to have this one in the bag under 9 hours. So….about that 100 mile race…….