Well, considering I didn’t do much prep, I’m not too disappointed with my time: 53:32
It was a beautiful day for it. I didn’t really try too hard to run the whole uphill, even though that was one of my stated goals. I knew I hadn’t really done much preparation. I did enjoy the views on the way up.
The timing system sent me this:
Here are your results for the 2019 Run to the Shrine:
Your final time is 00:53:32 at a 00:13:23 pace.
You finished 438 out of 1350 runners.
You finished 24 out of 45 in your class M40-44.
So, as you can see, today’s stats:
13:23 avg. pace
My TomTom listed it as ~1400 ft (426.72m) of elevation gain.
Thanks for following along; I really appreciate it. I’m not usually all that good at doing donation-type messages because I really can’t help out all the causes people have. So I understand if you are unable to donate to the Zoo. I appreciate that CMZ isn’t funded by tax dollars, which adds value to our membership — at least in my mind.
Here’s some of the boilerplate stuff they sent:
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a non-profit organization and one of only a handful of American zoos that receives no tax support. Your donation will support breeding of endangered species, care and enrichment of Zoo animals, conservation programs around the world and education programs to foster a love of wildlife.
If you wish to donate, you can click here (link will open a new window, and take you to raceroster.com).
So it’s official — I’m registered for the 2018 Run to the Shrine at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. I guess that means today’s run was the first training run for that event.
Today has been windy, the sort of windy that sucks your breath away. I was debating on whether or not to go, but I figured I’d been making too many excuses not to run lately. Which is why I’m back to Square One in the first place, eh?
I didn’t have coworkers with me today, so I was back on 3-mile route. I think I walked about a tenth of the course (I’m still feeling a little bit of Saturday’s Nielson Challenge); but I hope to get my conditioning back up quickly.
I’m going to put this out there, because it’s available; but by no means feel any obligation to donate to the zoo. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo isn’t a tax-payer-supported Zoo, so if you choose to donate, you’ll be helping them out. Thanks.
12:33 avg. min/mile
I mentioned that one of my near-term goals is to run the Run to the Shrine. The Shrine in question is the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun that sits on Cheyenne Mountain overlooking Colorado Springs.
Today Mike’s Camera was holding a demo day at the zoo, which is the starting point of the run, and I snagged a couple of photos of the shrine from various points in the zoo. Walking through the zoo a couple of times today, I realized how challenging this race is actually going to be.
Most of these pictures, I took with a Canon 6D Mk II and an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (if that matters).
The road is visible in the lower right corner of the photo.
This last photo was taken at an elevation about where the race starts. The Shrine is the turn-around point. I am definitely going to have to work on my hill running. We’ve driven the route a couple of times, and it’s almost non-stop climb from the zoo to the shrine.