I’m starting to think about MdS as a restful vacation with a bit running thrown in. I’m not underestimating the desert...
Liza Howard is a national champion runner with multiple records in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile trail races.
So there are these young guys at the hostel who got up early this morning (before 4am) to go running — in order to see how it would feel to be up at that hour. Are you laughing uproariously too? Now, of course, there is nothing wrong with getting up to run at 4am, and nothing wrong practicing running in race conditions. In fact, there’s [...]Liza
I just got down from Mosquito Pass. It’s a 13,185 foot pass east of Leadville that you can drive most of the way up. Once the road got too rough for a car, I hiked slowly up the last miles with a fellow from the hostel. Hostel Guy wanted to hike a bit higher than the pass, so I pulled out my down jacket and hunkered down behind some [...]Liza
It’s dreary and cool here today in Leadville. A good day to sit in the coffee shop in town and people watch. Runners are arriving in droves and it’s great fun to listen to the conversations. There seem to be a good number of people with a lot of advice and little actual 100-miler experience. Sadly I didn’t hear any crazy [...]Liza
I had the good fortune to work the Columbine aid station at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race yesterday. Columbine is the 50 mile point for the race and the elevation was about 12,600 feet. There was a helicopter swooping down to film the lead riders when they came through and a camera crew to get footage for the next “Race Across [...]Liza
So the lesson from the Leadville 100 mountain bike race for us runners is: Wear something to protect your airway from the dust on the roads. Most all of the cyclists here at the hostel last night were coughing through the night. And my favorite cyclist here had to drop because of her breathing difficulties. I’m going to wear some sort [...]Liza