Jul 1, 2009

Scenes from the Slacker 1/2 marathon this past weekend

Hey everybody! Thought I would update you all on the status of my toasted legs. Those of you who follow my facebook know that I was in a world of hurt after last Saturdays race. Kathy was supposed to run the middle leg of the relay, which was the 5 mile leg. Then she hurt her calf, so I stepped in to run it for her. I decided that I would do it pushing Skyler like I usually do - bad, bad idea!

This race is called the slacker because it is all downhill, so it get's good times. The problem is that it is way downhill, like lots of 11 to 13% grades on the frontage road. i didn't run pushing Skyler, I was holding him back like a madman the whole 5 miles.

By doing this I found out a really important fact. There is no way that running or biking or elliptical trainer works your downhill muscles.

There was one point where I thought I was going to have to take him off the road into the gravel to slow down, it actually got scary at one point I was so wobbly. My legs are still killing me, even after a couple of days rest and a massage.

Anyway, enough of my bellyaching about lack of preparedness, here are some photos:

Packet and bib pickup in Georgetown, this is also the finish at 8,000 feet.

Skyler and I at the first exchange point at Bakerville. That is Torreys peak in the background. This was the start of our leg.

Off we go on our leg.

Finishing our leg in Silver Plume, I was really wobbling! Skyler was mad at me for not going fast like we usually do...

The finish in Georgetown, with lead runner Lynn myself and Skyler, and anchor leg by Brian (Skylers speech therapist).

And because it was flowing well from the runoff, random scenery...


  1. Oh man! I know exactly what you're talking about re: downhill grades! I'm paranoid that the person holding me back is going to let me go...scares me to death! lol!

    Hope you feel better SOON!

    And it looks like Skyler and I have the same color chair. Woo hoo!

  2. As usual, "it's all downhill from here" can mean either very very good things, or very very bad things! I hate going downhill, myself.

    Congrats on your run, and hope your legs recover soon.

  3. I can remember stopping for breakfast in Georgetown on a family vacation when I was a kid. You guys live in a beautiful state.

  4. OUCH!! Yeah, that does sound painful. Yikes!!

  5. Look at those calf muscles baby! Wooo hooo!
    I love the fact that you ran this race with Skyler. You are a gem of a dad.

  6. Amazing.

    I don't do much hill running here, obviously, but I've always found it harder to run down a steep hill than to slow down and go up one. Good luck with your recovery.

    What did Skyler think? Not your typical run for him, I'd think, hurtling down a mountain with dad about to lose control at any moment.

    And what a beautiful setting for a run. I'm envious!

  7. Fair play!

    Well done, and you don't look particularly knackered either.

    Good photomographs as well.

  8. you are HONESTLY my damn hero.

    for real.

  9. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Gorgeous sights do take a little bit of the sting away.

  10. I'm still amazed there's no snow on the gound...

  11. Going downhill is hard! It's awesome that you can usually go fast with Skyler.

  12. Anonymous11:49 AM

    You, my friend, ROCK!!!

  13. This is awesome Chris, just awesome. I'm glad I finally got to see the pics to match the story!