Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring Equinox Half Marathon

Spring has arrived on the Front Range and what better way to mark the occasion than running the Equinox Half Marathon on the quiet country roads north of Fort Collins with beautiful views of the still snow covered Rockies.
It's been a while since I ran hard for that long and I was a bit slower than I would have liked (1:37:19), but I am happy with my effort and it was a good race to gauge my current fitness. The race was very well organized with aid stations every two miles and I was glad to see my friends from the Rocky Cross Country Team handing out water and NUUN at miles 4 and 8. The race starts and finishes at The Biergarten @ Anheuser-Busch Brewery where there was a great post race party with burritos, music and beer. This was my first race as a Green Events Ambassador, a role that I am honored to play. Green Events puts on a dozen fun and environmentally friendly running events in Larimer County each year and I am proud to have participated in all of them as a runner or volunteer. Green Events supports youth running programs including High School Cross Country. I am glad to represent Green Events and their commitment to Sustainable Fun in Northern Colorado.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year!

2017 was full of adventures and great times out running with my family and friends. I'm sure that 2018 has many new challenges, surprises and awesome times ahead.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Mile after Mile- A great new podcast and my Western States story

Artwork means it's for real, right?

If you're looking for a great podcast to listen to while you're working out or in the car, you should check out Mile After Mile. The host, Amy Stone, is a triathlete and coach in Miami, Florida who is interested in sharing inspiring stories of endurance athletes. I had the privilege of talking to Amy a couple weeks ago about my experience training for and running the Western States 100. We talked about my entry in to ultra running, the challenges of ultra running and type 1 diabetes and my exciting (even if it was 90 second late) finish at the 2013 Western States 100. Check it out here:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kayaking on the Reservoir on the First Day of Spring

March Madness 2015 Results

photo by Marie
It was a beautiful day in Fort Collins for the 5th annual March Mileage Madness Run. A good crew came out from FoCo, Denver, Boulder and Golden to run anywhere from 6-37 miles on the trails around Horsetooth Reservoir. We finished back at the house and more joined for a BBQ in the backyard. Thanks to all for coming out. Spring running season has come to the front range.
7:00 am start

The 8:00 am Start

Pete on the Foothills Trail photo by Marie

the official results

Monday, March 9, 2015

March Mileage Madness 2015

The 5th edition of the big kick-off run of spring is coming on March 21.  The plan will be as in years past to meet at my house on Saturday morning and take off on a run around the reservoir and regroup back at the house for BBQ, potluck, trampoline and stories of other big runs planned for the spring and summer.

There are three designated route options:

>the Classic 23 mile Reservoir Circumnav. route- map and description
>Pete's Route- 36 miles with lots of climbing map and description
>9 mile Reservoir overlook route- map and description (scroll past Pete's route)

You can also make up your own variations on any of these routes,  Just plan to start with a group at my house at 7:00 or 8:00 am (I'm doing away with the 9:00 start after an absence of starters at that time last year) and be back by noon or so enjoy the BBQ and share stories of your time on the trail.

 There are a couple places to fill water at trail heads and park entrances, but there will be no aid stations, so carry what you'll need.

Bring whatever you like for the post run festivities- food, drinks, something to BBQ.  .  . We'll fire up the BBQ around 1:00 and hang out and eat and drink and enjoy the afternoon until about 4:00.

Send me an email if you have questions or leave a comment below.  Feel free to leave a comment with your start time and planned distance too.

Lots of other pictures, results and info from previous year's events here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Get Swoll

Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass with aging.  This process begins in your 30's and speeds up as we enter our 40's and is particularly fast (3-5% per decade) for inactive adults.  I hit the 40 mark this past summer (and celebrated with a 1745 mile bike ride down the coast).  After we returned to Colorado from our amazing 6 weeks of biking and enjoying the beach, I got busy with the new school year, coaching cross country, projects at the house and . . . a wedding . . . which was amazing:

So life has been wonderful and pretty full (which is my excuse for the absence of regular blog posts). Running, training and fitness have been further down on my list of priorities.  Then back a couple months ago Micah, my 17 year old son who is quickly approaching adulthood, asked me if we could hit the gym together for a workout.  Glad for the opportunity for some quality father/son time and eager to combat my own muscle atrophy I quickly agreed.  Micah and I have been meeting at Raintree Monday and Wednesdays for 8 weeks now to do some cardio and go through some sets of upper and lower body exercises on the machines and free weights.  It has been a lot of fun and after some pretty acute soreness the first couple weeks, we are both noticing some increases in strength and overall fitness.  Last week we added a Tai Chi class to our routine and that's been a whole new learning experience- more on that in a future post.  I'm not quite at the strength level that I had when I was personal trainer and spent 10+ hours a day at the gym and was 15 years younger, but I think that I could get back there and I'm hopeful that the added strength will provide a needed boost to my running.  And I have been running more lately too.  Nora and I signed up for the Red Hot Moab race in February and we have committed to getting out everyday through the winter to prepare.  It was a rough start, but over the past couple weeks, I feel my running legs coming back to me.  I may be in my 40s now, but I am pretty confident that some of my best running and racing performances are still ahead of me.