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.
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
I am definitely running most of this race in road shoes. A good portion of the run today was on fire roads. The rest was on a gorgeous trail through an aspen forest. I’ll keep a pair of trail shoes on reserve at Twin Lakes in case the weather is awful. I keep hearing horror stories about 20 hours of rain and hail two years ago. J. ran [...]Liza
I woke up this morning at 5:30 and 8 of the cyclists were already sitting at the breakfast table. I’ve learned that Rock and Roll lube is what you want to put on your chain. Now they’re putting ice cream in their morning coffee and talking about having a gear fashion show tonight. (I’d wear my puffy jacket and puffy pants.) [...]Liza