|The View from Colfax on the way to the finish|
The Colfax Marathon is a set of races that include a Marathon, Half-Marathon, Marathon Relay, and a 10 mile race. In total, they estimated about 11,000 participants (the Marathon had about 1100 finishes or 10% of the total participants). My marathon experience started on Saturday afternoon. I left for Denver about 1:15 or so, and drove through rainy conditions up to Sports Authority Field where the Marathon Expo and Packet pick-up was located. I didn't spend too much time at the expo, and I was actually a little surprised that there were so many people still picking up their materials that late in the afternoon (the packet pick up closed at 5:00 on Saturday, with no race day pickup).
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3:45 a.m.- The alarm goes off and I'm confronted with the fact that there will be no rolling over and going back to sleep. After a half-bagel covered with peanut butter and honey, and a quick shower, I was in the car, and on my way north towards City Park in Denver. I arrived a little before 5:00 a.m. and spent the next hour alternating between trips to the Port-o-potty, and people watching. At about a quarter to six, I made my way to the "D" corral, only to find it completely full. About a dozen of us who had been assigned to this wave, waited just outside the gates for the race to start. Once it got going, we were able to squeeze inside, and about 2-3 minutes after six a.m., we were on our way.
|Inside Sports Authority Field|
- A section along the Cherry Creak Path.
- A run through a downtown Denver Fire Station
- Two trips through Sports Authority Field (Home of the Broncos)
- A very Picturesque Loop around Sloan's Lake
|The Course Map|
As I neared the end of the race, I realized that I would probably finish in under 4.5 hours, even with 3 bathroom stops, walking several of the aid stations, and some forced walks at the last few mile markers. I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to experience what it would have been like to still be running at 5+ hours, however I don't think it ultimately matters too much since I still felt pretty good at the end of the race, which leads me to believe that a little longer time, racing won't be anything I can't overcome. Throughout most of the race today, I felt pretty good, and found myself enjoying the opportunity to slow down, look around, and take in the experience. I felt strong at 5 miles, and even at 20 miles (I actually did a negative split for the race, running a 2:19 for the first half, and a 2:09 for the second). If anything, my performance today would seem to indicate that I'm in better condition than I thought I was, and I should be ready to move into the next phase of my triathlon training.
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