Mitch’s 2017 Race Calendar

WOW! I am SO BAD at keeping my Blog Updated! Maybe I need to find a way to get paid to write Content, then because it is my “Job” I will write more! Well, it has been almost a Year to the Day, from my Last Post, but I think I will be doing more writing this year. It seems Therapeutic, and it is also one of the Only creative outlets I have!

Well, now that, that is out of the way, lets get started, and discuss What I am Going to Do in 2017! Then I will break each one down a little.

March 18 – Run Through Time Trail Marathon (Salida, CO)

April 23 – Balcon Trail Marathon (Jefferson County, CO (Not a sanctioned race))

May 21 – The Colfax Marathon (Denver,CO)

June 21 – The Leadville Marathon (Leadville, CO)

July 8-9 – The Silver King (50 mile MTB on Saturday, 50 mile Run on Sunday(Leadville,CO))

Well there it is! Only 204.8 Racing Miles! But why? Why those 5 races, or 6 if you break apart the Silver King? Well, lets get into that right now……

March 18 RUN THROUGH TIME TRAIL MARATHON:

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I first ran this Early Season Trail Race in 2014 with some good friends, and they have since changed the course a little-taken out some Fire Road and replaced it with single-track! I will again, be running this race with some close friends, but well behind them! But Why, Why this race, well the answer is simple, and Stupid! This year, Colfax is offering a Really Cool Adidas Gift, if you run a Marathon BEFORE you run the Colfax Marathon! I know, NOT a very good Reason, but I have wanted to go back to Salida and this seemed like a good way to achieve both. The Only Problem with this Early Season Race, is that I am Not Trained up for it! Granted, I think I have a Pretty Good Base of Running laid down, and I do have 10 weeks with which to do some quality Training, but that has to start Now! This is a Beautiful Course, and its kinda cool, they are a Cupless Race, so much less trash, but I will need to be more self -sufficient. I am looking forward to overcoming the challenges associated with getting to the Finish-Line on this one!

April 23  THE BALCON TRAIL MARATHON:

What the Heck is a Balcon? is it a Bear? Is it a Falcon? Or is it the name of a Trail Marathon thought up by my Buddy Gary (and a few others) that runs through Mount Falcon OS and into Lair o the Bear and back? Yes, it is the latter! Squish the two Park names together and you get a great, FREE, partially Aided Race (run with friends) that covers trails that we have run on multiple times, but rarely link together! I wanted to do this last year, during its inaugural run, but I had a shorter distance on my schedule, and I was trying to stick to a Plan. This year, I am working it into my Plan, and going to enjoy a Great Time with my Trail Running Friends, Oh, and YES There are Finisher’s Medals! So if you are not doing anything and on April 23, and you want to Run, or Volunteer, jump on Facebook, search Mile High Trail Runners, and then sign up on the Events Tab!!! This will be a Great Training Run, and Great Fun as well!!!

May 21 THE COLFAX MARATHON

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The FULL Colfax Marathon? But Mitch, you always Proclaim that you are NOT a Road Runner! That is True, I very often say, that I do not run on roads, because I hate it. This however is changing, somewhat, for 2017! I am going to Embrace the Asphalt and run the Colfax Marathon. There are a few reasons for this. First, I have the opportunity, as a Colfax Marathon Race Ambassador, to run any of the races that Colfax has during the Awesome weekend of racing in June, http://www.runcolfax.org if you are interested in signing up for Any of the Races! The Other is, I have been an Ambassador for my 5th year, and 5th year anniversaries seem to be my Big Years, so I need to Run the Full at Least Once, before I step down. And Finally, even though it will be a Good training Run, remember in March why I was running? Yes, I need to complete the TWO Marathon Challenge, in order to see what the Super Cool Gift from Adidas is going to be!

June 21 THE LEADVILLE MARATHON

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YEP! You knew I wouldn’t have a Summer without multiple Trips to Leadville, Colorado! I Love this Crazy Awesome Mountain Town, I Love the Race Series, and well, I kind-of love the Leadville Marathon! I have had multiple success’s at this Race, and one bad Injury. So I am going for my Third Cool Coffee Cup, and will also be using this as a Training Run at Altitude, for my Key Race of the Summer. I know I will have a bunch of Great Friends up in Leadville, pushing, pulling, and just cheering me on, so this is fast becoming a, “no matter what” race, I foresee myself running the Leadville Marathon for many years to come! If you haven’t run this race, or you would like to check out the Heavy Half, partially on the same course, go to http://www.leadvilleraceseries.com and sign up!

July 8-9 THE SILVER KING

WOWZA! I should probably create a separate Blog, Just for this undertaking! Might be coming out soon:-)

Anyway, a lot of you know my infatuation with Leadville. I have been up there every Summer since 2012, and multiple times for Training Runs and some great camping too! But WHY This multi-Day, Multi-Discipline, Insane Race? Well the Short answer is, I needed a challenge to take the place of not being able to go back and complete my “Unfinished business” that is the LT100! instead of toeing the line at 6th and Harrison on August 19th, I will be in Quantico, VA watching my daughter, Mackenzie, Graduate from Officer Candidate School (OCS) for the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. So yeah, that is a little important, and the LT100 isn’t going anywhere.

What exactly is this crazy race though? Well, it starts on Saturday with a 50 mile Mountain Bike Race. Lots of Fire Road, and single Track, all at a beginning elevation of 10,152 feet. There will be 4 times that I peak out, above 12,000 feet, and it is an out-n-back course that includes a really tough ride around Ball Mountain (part of which will include a long Hike-a-bike section). Once I finish this race, I immediately go into RECOVERY MODE, because on Sunday, when Most of the MTB Racers are sleeping, I will do the EXACT Same Course, but on Foot, this time! Same run up to 12,000+ feet 4 times, same run down down down to the Turn-Around, only to have to climb back UP and around Ball Mountain, before heading to the finishline! I have Not had as much success here at the Silver Rush 50 Run, and that is also part of what makes this so Challenging for me, this is going to take a lot of Effort on my part, and a lot of, as Ken Chlouber says, “GRIT, GUTS, and DETERMINATION” to make it through this weekend. Oh, and I have nobody else to blame (Thank) for this crazy idea, than my Buddy Michael W! He will be racing this along side me as he attempts the LEADMan Challenge. He is the one that, rather easily talked me into this insanity. OK, maybe he mentioned it, and I, 5 minutes later thought, “Well, Gee, That seems like a Great Idea!”

So, that is my schedule as of now, I might be adding a few small races in, here and there, and might try to find a good MTB race to add, but this is set, and I am READY for 2017. Yes, it is going to be tough, with Work, Family, Lacrosse, and everything else, but I am Very Determined to complete this Calendar!

Please, leave me some comments, and drop me a line if you are interested in Any of the races, I would love to have the company!

Thanks,

Mitch

2014 Silver Rush Training Week 8

OK, so this is over a week overdue, since this is being written when I should be writing Week 8. but sometimes life gets in the way. But I will do a write-up for each week of training leading up to the Silver Rush 50. no matter how good or bad it is, so this week will not be an exception! This is/was the week that I not only had Work and Training, but also a Colfax Committee Final Meeting, and the 2 Day Colfax Marathon Health and Fitness Expo! Oh, and I forgot, this was the FIRST week back when I wasn’t getting up and UN-GODLY hours to run before Work! 🙂

Monday-Rest Day

You know how these go, Rest Day, I rested! I am sure that at some point in this thing, I might come up with something witty to write about, or maybe I will start doing some Cross-training or Core work like my buddy Mike has preached, but for now, this is probably all you get.

Tuesday-60 Minutes

First Tuesday Back for Normal time runs, and First time back with the “Tuesday Morning Run Club” which currently consists of my Friend Janelle, because we are pretty evenly paced, or so I think. Anyway we run at 6:00am on the Highline Canal, which has not been a favorite of mine, but it is quickly growing on me. Anyway we ran 6.14 miles in 58:56 for a 9:35 Pace.

Wednesday-90 Minutes

Totally blew this one. Can’t remember why I had to skip this day, but It was a day I knew I was not going to be able to run, and a day during the week that would not be able to make up.

Thursday-60 Minutes

So my Tuesday Morning “Run Club” Runs will make the other Mid-Week Runs not seem so monotonous because I will have the ability to change things up so much more. The only thing I did NOT like about my normal “Work” run was the fact that it was later in the morning, which meant MORE TRAFFIC! I always obey traffic laws while running, not because I should, but because it is SAFE. It appears that some drivers forget that when someone is in a cross-walk, That person has the right-of-way! Anyway, no Soap-Boxing here, so, I ran 5.84 miles in 56:19 for a 9:39 pace.

Friday-Rest Day

Yeah, Right! This “Rest” Day would consist of a day of work taken off, and then Working at the Colfax Marathon Health and Fitness Expo, Running the Relay Zone with my buddy Alex. Or as he and I called it, “Alex and Mitch’s Relay FUN Zone”. Anyway, I plowed through 9+ hour Day there, only to turn around and do the same thing on Saturday!   Photo May 17, 8 02 46 Photo May 17, 8 02 37                 So this was The Colfax Marathon Logo’d Mazda at that Expo. The Cool thing about this car, is that it had Almost all of the Racers Names on it, depending on how early you registered. Yes, My Name was on it!

 

 

Saturday-2 Hours

I knew I would not be running today, because I would be working another full day at the Colfax Race Expo. So if you are looking at Time on Feet, I did another 9 hours instead of the 2 hours I was supposed to! 😀

Sunday-2.5 Hours

Representing Lost Coffee! and Running on UCAN!

Representing Lost Coffee! and Running on UCAN!

Sunday IS the Colfax Marathon, Marathon Relay, 1/2 Marathon and Urban 10 Miler Day. The day that I have put so much work as a Colfax Marathon Race Brand Ambassador into, and the day that I will Race the 1/2 Marathon. I had toyed with the idea of trying to PR this Race, but decided against it. I wanted to run somewhat fast, but also wanted to run with friends. Some of them were pacing the 2:00 pace group, and others the 2:15 pace group. so I was caught in between, because running with the first would definitely PR and running with the second, would put me at what I thought would be to slow.

Miles 1-5

The Start of the race, or any race is always exciting to me, and the 1/2 Marathon had Thousands of Runners, so it was no different. We meander through, out and then back into City Park. Then we head over towards the Denver Zoo. This is the ONLY Race that goes through the Denver Zoo, and it is a blast. This is almost 1 mile of Zoo Fun, and we get to see Lots of Animals. We exit the Zoo around mile 3 and I am still hanging out with the Pacers, Alyce and my Trail Buddy Meaghan. I hung with this pace group until mile 5 last year, and that was the plan this year as well, or maybe 6.

Mile 6-10

So I am running with, or just in front of the Pacers, because they have to stop at the Aid Stations, and I am running with my HandHeld full of Raspberry Skratch Labs, so I so Jog until they catch up. Colfax is set up nicely with AS’s at each 2 mile Mark. So we are between 6 and 8 and I am feeling the pace that I am trying to push, so I figure I will drop back at 7. Then Mile 7 rolls past and I grab a Gel, which I probably won’t use. We turn around and head towards the Fire Station. Yes the Colfax 1/2 runs through a Fire Station as well! Through the fire Station and heading to Colfax at mile 8, I finally let the Pace Group quietly pass me by. I appreciate what they did for me, as I ran farther with them than las year! We wind onto COLFAX Avenue, and there are quite a few spectators, some of which are probably not used to seeing a Race ON Colfax, and it is pretty Cool. we finally pull off of Colfax, and I am pretty fried at this point. I wanted to Run the 1/2 Just on Generation UCAN, but that has run out, and I don’t want the Gel! I am hitting the AS’s to take on Gatorade (??) which doesn’t do a whole lot for me, and I have done a fair amount of walking the last 1 1/2 miles.

miles 11-13.1

I get back into a better running routine but not very fast, we come upon the Colorado Fire-Fighter Calendar zone and just like last year, there is some Fire-Fighter Dude in front of me Stripping off his Shirt, I don’t need to see this, and I move over Just in time to see, 20 yards behind him, the ONLY Female Fire Fighter in the Calendar, also wearing Boots, Bunker Pants, and her Sports Bra. Still Not buying the Calendar, Just for Her, but it was nice that they were Equal Opportunity this year. Mile 12 and almost done, Grab a cup of water, and finish my Skratch, and start the Kick in! Problem was, I got overexcited, and was too far from the Finish, oh wait, there is a nice Down-Hill Section! But then the course seems to finish on an Uphill! I finish in 2:11:15 and have 13:24 miles on my Garmin. for a 9:55 pace. The Crazy thing was, when I got my OFFICIAL Time it was also 2:11:15, which has Never Happened!

 

Overall, I was pretty happy with my Race, and my week. I also got to break in my New Mizuno Wave Inspire 10’s! I knew that my mileage would drop, and it didn’t drop too much, plus it was a step-down week. I ended up running 25.22 miles in 4:06:09. The thing that hurt was that this was all road running and I only got 506 feet of elevation. I will need to get back at it During Next Week!  OR WILL I???? (foreshadowing)

Thanks,
Mitch