Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Salida Marathon

Drove down to Salida, Colorado this past weekend to run in the Run Through Time Marathon. Mostly this was just an excuse to take a road trip, do some camping, check out a town I had never been to (but heard good things about), and hopefully do some decent running on dirt (most of the running I've done in the past 4 months has been on snow). As for the run itself, I had no intention of running very hard as I am racing the Chuckanut 50k this coming Saturday and had no desire to push myself too hard just one week out from that.

In every regard this turned out to be a very satisfying trip. Salida is about the cutest little town in the world and the weather was absolutely amazing all weekend. The run itself went about as expected. I cruised pretty mellow to a 3:33 finish. I would have liked to feel a bit better in doing this than I did, but I was certainly proud of myself for keeping my effort pretty casual and not pushing too hard to run with the 8 or 10 runners who were running out in front of me the entire race. I got to run on about 25 miles of dirt and I got to hangout with a bunch of running friends (both old and new).

The best part of the entire weekend though was that my girlfriend and her daughter went with me and after the race on Saturday we found a great riverside campsite East of Salida and spent almost 24 hours just hanging out doing all the things you do outside with a 4 year old (mud pies, getting poked with cacti, playing in the ice-cold water, etc.). Sometimes I forget how much of my life I have spent "living" outside like this. It's always when I do it for the first time in a long time that I'm reminded of how much I love being outside. And I mean really being outside. Not just getting out for a 3 or 4 hour run, but actually being outside for an entire day or more. Next week after Chuckanut we are going to take a camping trip to Southern Utah for the entire week. Although I'm quite excited about racing Chuckanut, it's this trip after the race that I'm most looking forward to right now.


brownie said...

Is it true you drank a PBR at the 20 mile aid station?

Geoff said...

it was the only beer they had there.

The Sean said...

Love the grounded approach. Good luck this weekend!

mtnrunner2 said...

Salida's a nice base camp in the summer for running the surrounding peaks. Nice town and plenty to do.

Go get 'em.

Paige said...

I am a big advocate of PBR. Though, Coors Light is a little better :)

Have fun in Utah...oh how I miss that place!!

Steve Pero said...

Geoff, it was nice for Deb and I to meet you at the race check-in. Good to see you can throttle it back and enjoy the day, while I was racing hard and still 1:20(hours) behind you ;-) No PBR for me...I was waiting for a stout at the finish.

For some memories, here are the pics I took during the "race".

Our favorite place to camp is at Halfmoon outside of Leadville. Put some beers in the river, go hike Elbert and/or Massive, enjoy the brews on the return.

jacob said...

Hey Geoff I have a question for ya. And I am being serious. I am a very REGULAR person if you take my meaning. I go number 2 before my run, and anytime I go long distance I have to go again. Sometimes multiple times during the same run. How do I combat this? Is this a common problem for runners? I have my first ultra coming up in a couple of weeks and I don't want to have to loose time. Thanks.