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2019 Run to the Shrine

Hello, Everyone.

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).


American Discovery Trails 10K


So as first 10Ks go, I’d say this one was a success. The weather was cool, the sky overcast. It was perfect running weather.

The course basically follows Monument Valley Park, so I have been running it on weekends as training — though I’ve been running it in reverse. And I haven’t been anywhere near 70 minutes, which was my realistic goal time for this run. But I wasn’t going to focus on that, and just enjoy myself — which I did.

Two miles in, my average pace was still under 11 minutes. And over the next 3 miles or so, it stubbornly stayed at 11:01 — that second was teasing me.

Ultimately, I crossed the line in 1:09:50 (chip time). Nine seconds to spare. Piece of cake.

Thanks go to my family, as well as Bren, Jemma, Brie, and Jenn.

Today’s stats (via Pikes Peak Road Runners):
6.2 miles
1:09:50 h:m:s
11:16 avg pace


Following the race, I got an email from the race registrar: The turnaround for the 10K was placed slightly off, which resulted in a long course. We apologize for that. Some feedback we’ve received is that it was appoximately 10.25K. We’ve updated the pace calculations in the results to reflect that distance.

It doesn’t change the chip times at all, but the pace has been updated: avg pace 10:58

I’ll post the stats from my TomTom:

6.37 miles
1:09:53 h:m:s
10:58 avg pace

Run to the Shrine

Today was the day! It was a good morning for running, overcast and cool. My family got out of bed too early for a Saturday and came along with me. I wanted to get there a little early because I wanted to find a good parking space at the zoo lot. We were actually among the first there.

So I checked in, picked up my bib and then we waited. While we were waiting, I looked up the difference in elevations between the zoo parking lot and the Shrine: 1336 feet of elevation change in two miles. Whoa!

I wasn’t prepared for how crowded it was, and since the line to the port-o-johns was long (and I’m realistic about my abilities), I started toward the back of the group and had to weave my way through way more people than I expected.

I lasted exactly .75 miles at a slow run pace before Cheyenne Mountain sapped my resolve to run the whole thing. I ended up alternating between walking and shuffling the ascent. At the turn around point, though, gravity took over and I really didn’t have much choice but to run the descent. In my case, it should’ve been the Run from the Shrine!

Thanks to everyone who encouraged me while I was doing this. I’ve been working toward this for a bit over a year now. I appreciate Bren for getting me into running; and Bri for the yoga instruction. Jen for her encouragement (and good luck running Colfax tomorrow!). My family has been supportive, and I appreciate that — as I said, my wife and daughter got up way too early for a Saturday.

Today’s Stats:
4.0 miles
49:33 m:s
12:23 avg. min/mile

October 2017 — Nielson Challenge Results

Today is the sort of unofficial one-year mark since I started running. As I mentioned in my first post, I got into this to run with my daughter who was in cross country last year in school. Today’s Nielson Challenge is the 12th one I’ve run.

And a great run it was, too. In August, I beat the sub-20 minute goal I’d had, and my new goal was sub-19:30. Well, today’s official (actual) run time was: 18:58.890. So I’d say that’s beat, as well as the sub-19. Next bar will be sub 18:30.

Today’s stats (from the TomTom):

2.02 miles
19:01 m:s
9:26 avg. min/mile

No Hiding Where I’ve Been

My shoes are covered with the red dirt that’s prevalent in most areas of Monument Valley Park. It’s actually also all over my legs, but it’s easier to get it off my legs. My shoes are blue and silver Brooks Adrenalines, and the red dirt sticks really well to the mesh material and the laces.

There’s no hiding where I’ve been when I run at Monument Valley Park.

Today there weren’t any collegiate cross country events or marathons using the park — just a bunch of people out enjoying the cool morning air.

It’s two weeks until my first 5K.

Today’s stats:

5.18 miles
1:00:49 h:m:s
11:42 avg. min/mile

Weekly stats:
12.76 miles
2:30:38 h:m:s

The Run to the Shrine

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.

My Hydration Challenge

One thing I’ve noticed about myself since I’ve started getting serious about running is how hard it is for me to stay hydrated. The hardest part is keeping myself hydrated on the days I don’t run. I’ll have to do better about that; and I’ve considered doing short runs at lunch most days of the week instead of only on Mondays and Wednesdays. That might help.

Since neither my wife nor I had to work today, we went down to Monument Valley Park this morning. I went to run, she to walk. I’d forgotten there was a marathon/half-marathon event going on along the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail. I stayed as far right as I could to not get in the way of those competing. Good job to all those runners.

Today’s goal was 64 minutes, but I was already on the return trip before hitting the 32-minute mark. So I ended up doing a couple of loops of the north part of the park. It doesn’t seem like the park is that small.

Today’s stats:

5.85 miles
1:05:02 h:m:s
11:07 avg. min/mile