Kevin attached to his iPhone in his room of our 2 room motel room.
Mingling in the check in area
Looking through the window on the "S" hill, we spend a lot of time today running up and around this on the L'il Rattler trail.
Walking to the start
Guess what that is ;-)
Garry Harrington and Kevin Z.
Garry ran 4:25 and was third in the over 50 age group, KZ ran a personal best trail marathon in 5:45.
Too hectic to get any start photos, I'm now a little over 2 miles in and heading up the "S" hill.
Julian "future Hardrocker" up ahead. We spent a lot of time together today...He's running his first Hardrock this Summer.
Awesome views all day
Now on the road section for about 4.5 miles, then trail the rest of the way
Female runner coming up behind me, we also spent a lot of time running back and forth today, but she got me.
I passed a lot of male runners in the last 10K, but no women....they are smarter runners and tend to go out at a sensible pace, unlike young men.
That's KZ heading up to the turnaround as I just passed the 13 mile aid station.
Lots of snow and mud this year...last year was much drier.
Mountain views all day
Nice drop off here
Salida and the finish is down there, about 8 miles or so.
Snow got very deep in spots, running was impossible
Then you'd turn a corner and it was like this!
20 mile aid station
Got a little gnarly in the final 10K...I was on a push to break 5 hours and left the 20 mile aid station at 3:46, so had to run around 11 mpm to get there.
Everyone was so happy out there!
This guy went on and finished 1 place ahead of me.
I got him ;-)
Deep sand, too!
Awesome, but tough to try and get it done with this type of trail in the way
2.5 miles to go and it's 4:33, I have to do 2.5 rolling and rocky miles in 28 minutes, no time to walk one time, must push as hard as i can.
This is the next morning and we had to shovel snow that had fallen overnight. This is KZ doing his thing.
We got near a foot of snow, but now at noon and in the 50's, it was half gone already.
The wood pile and chicken coop.
Kevin doing the driveway...good core work after a hard trail marathon!
Looking out back
That's me after doing the bottom of the driveway, keeping the sun off my head and neck.
Kevin uncovering the small split pile of wood we have left
Yeah, we had a good snow year up here in the Jemez Mountains....that pile is easily 5 feet deep.
I was shoveling the back deck and this "Squabbit" wanted me to leave so he could get back up to the bird feeders.