Today I raced in the Leadville Trail 10K, "America's Highest 10K", in Colorado. The course is held on the first and last 3.1 miles of the Leadville 100 mile race and it was the hardest 10K race I've ever run. This is probably as close as I'll ever be to running the Leadville 100 mile race!
The race starts at 10,150' elevation and has some rolling hills on a paved and a dirt road with few spectators and a total drop and rise of 400'. The elevation made it feel like I couldn't take a deep breath so I tried to forget about it and not take such deep breaths. Little breaths work, too!
|With My Finisher's Cup|
Since I saved some energy for the long hill in the last mile and never quit running, I passed 15 people just before the finish - a first. I finished in 1:05:33. It was a fun race through some nice woods. I'm glad I did it even though I was a little nervous about the hills and elevation at the start line.
|1st Place Racer Interviewed at Finish Line: 100 miles in sub 6:00!|
|Leadville 100 MTB Racers|
|Breckenridge Main St. Park|