running LOCAL ROCKS - new Coal Creek PR, 34th overall

running LOCAL ROCKS – new Coal Creek PR, 34th overall


Hooray for Labor Day!  Kicked off the 3-day holiday weekend with my favourite 10 miler, Louisville’s Coal Creek Crossing.  Running LOCAL ROCKS!  (Glad to be back — last year’s event was cancelled due to extensive trail damage from the 2013 Boulder Flood.)

7am start, near perfect weather.  Lined at Community Park – ok, go.

Louisville, like most Front Range communities, hosts a highly competitive field.  I came out slow – but well remember Aquarius Hill (mile 4 & 9)…I’d catch folks either out or back, it’s a steep climb.

Used today’s local run to fix my mental before Fall marathon season.  Tagged a runner at mile 6, closed the gap on Aquarius Hill.  Lost him again on the downhill.  A mile from the Finish I generally fade (mental lapse)…but not this day.  Half-mile upgrade, stuck close & pushed past.  Hitting pavement tenth-mile to go, sprinted to the Finish.

Improved my Coal Creek PR by 5 minutes, 34th overall.  Good day 🙂


1428   K R Haga   Louisville CO   1:24:07


Quick shower, change of clothes, packed the Prius.  Tomorrow’s 14er goal: Mount Massive (3rd highest in the continental U.S.)

Whole lotta traffic on I-70 (holiday weekend parking lot).  Arrived in Leadville at 3pm, two hours to see the National Mining Museum.  I’m a FAN of minerals & big rocks – add history to the mix & I’m well entertained ‘til closing time.  LOL>

Quick walk downtown, grocery store provisions, then 11 miles over dirt road, past Halfmoon Campground to Mount Massive Trailhead.

Pulled out the sleeping bag, downed a tub of hummus, kicked back & counted stars.  Goodnight Moon.


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