A bunch of us CRUDers headed down to Pueblo (aka Hell's Furnace) this past weekend for the Rock Canyon Half Marathon. It is over 1000 feet lower elevation down there and the course is almost flat so it is one of the faster half marathons around. My buddy Rick does it about every year but it had been 8 years since I last did it. And what a difference 8 years makes!
Rick said he was going to try to get under 1:30 so I took off with him hoping to keep up. We hit the first mile at 6:42 and then the 2nd mile in 13:12. At that point, Rick took off and I settled in at about 6:30 pace and just tried to hang on. The race starts in City Park and after 2 loops goes along a nice dirt bike path out to the Reservoir and back. Ended up with 13th place in 1:25:38. Back in 2000 I was a bit faster!
2000 Rock Canyon Half Results
2008 Rock Canyon Results
I came across this really cool article last week about the differences in running efficiency when stalking prey between cats and dogs.
Cats vs. Dogs running efficiency
A good line from the article:
"That's why we're the only animals that voluntarily run marathons." Doesn’t say anything about ultramarathons!