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.
12:23 avg. min/mile
On my Fat Guy Running blog today, I mentioned that I’ve registered for the Run to the Shrine at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in May.
As you may have gathered from all the pics, we love the zoo here. Please don’t feel any obligation to donate; but if, and only if, you are so inclined, you can follow this link to donate to the Zoo. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is among a handful that isn’t tax-payer supported (if that makes a difference to you).
I originally published this on my running blog. I promise I won’t recycle material from there to here often.
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 (courtesy of Mike’s Camera).
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.
Some of you know I’ve been running for about a year. A couple of weeks ago, I ran my first 5K. There was an Everybody-Gets-A-Trophy Finisher medal, which was nice. But I was also the third in my age group, which netted this… I think it’s a coaster, and what looks like a zipper pull. Given these were the result of where I finished in the pack, I thought they were cooler than the Finisher medal.
If you’re interested in my accountability, I blog my runs over on The Fat Guy Running Blog.