Other Race Results

National Ice Cream Day is observed each year on the 3rd Sunday in July and is a part of National Ice Cream Month.  This day is a fun celebration enjoyed with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream.

 

It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them.  Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.

 

 

1813 – First Lady Dolly Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.

 

1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.

 

1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.

 

1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

 

1984 – President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July.

 

How best to celebrate Nat’l Ice Cream Day?  Running a 5K, duhthen afterwards, enjoying a premium dish at Sweet Cow.

Wasn’t MY idea, honest.  Credit my blog buddy Sarah.  Thanks friend 🙂

Miles (& countries) apart – celebrating the ‘holiday’ together.  YUM!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Credit to my sister – she corralled all to commit to Fort Smith Arkansas’ inaugural marathon event.  Many thanks!

 

Pop-ups – new term sis taught me; kinder friendlier word for HILL; might be unique to only her & her local running group; big picture…a hill is a hill is a hill – and this particular course had miles of ’em 🙂

Family Marathon – ran marathon relay with both siblings & a nephew; ok to be jealous – my family ROCKS!

 

After driving the course on Saturday, lotta discussion over marathon legs:

  • 2 huge hills in Leg 1 (along with pop-ups).  Hill training since December, I was tagged with Leg 1.
  • Leg 2 – longest relay at 7.45 miles.  Half the distance my sister runs every weekend, Leg 2 all hers.
  • Third leg was a mystery – mostly on paved trail, not accessible by car.  Huge hill, then levels off (we think).  Would have been my sister-in-law’s leg but missed for a work commitment.  That left my brother with 7 miles.
  • Last (& shortest) leg to Jack, my 14 year old nephew.  Young & eager, posted a 6:42/mile in track camp.

We ran as Team 4-Layer Delight (named after Mom’s signature dessert).

 

Woke to near perfect race conditions – 50° & sunshine.  Hadn’t run relay since high school, near 100 years ago.  “Never drop the baton” – I remember that was a relay runner’s biggest fear.  Fast forward to 2015 – same medal baton, tech-tweaked with a timing chip.

Lined way way back.  Pop, gun start & I ran – side-stepping runners, targeting the 3:45 pace group.

Since I started out fast, focused early on air intake (controlled breathing) just before the turn on Free Ferry (2 mile mark).  Multiple pop-ups, then a right on Albert Pike – first of my 2 huge hills.  Had been lagging behind 2 young runners, up & down Free Ferry.  This hill however was all mine – I owned it.  Strong arms, kept pushing, crested, then flew the other side.  Turned up the tunes & settled into my next mile.  Up the 2nd huge hill – a serpentine climb per my sis; call these switchbacks in Colorado.  Couldn’t see the top – just kept pushing. Popped over, relay exchange ahead.  Already?  Handed off the baton to my sister, pacing a sub-3:40 marathon.  WOW!

Because of traffic delays, only my sister (& nephew) drove the start of Leg 2.  I asked Jack if he knew how to get to Leg 3 – a quick yes, so I handed him the keys.  At almost 6’ feet, I never knew he was only 14 & could not drive.  HA!

Parked at First Nat’l Bank (site of Leg 3) where I met up with Ash & Tom, Mom, bro, niece, etc etc etc…talk about crowd support.  Pumped, still felt super strong.  Knowing my brother doesn’t run regularly, asked if he‘d mind I join him.  And that’s the way it went.  Sis finished under 4 hour marathon pace, handed off the baton & off we journeyed.

Half mile trek then – HUGE hill.  UP, UP, UP…we passed several walkers, neither of us stopped.  Slow steady pace.  Gotta say my brother’s leg was the least scenic – exception: mounted police.  Pretty cool – no horse patrol in my prior races.  Nice job, Fort Smith!

Bro felt all 7 miles as we neared Old Greenwood – but never stopped, he kept moving.  Don’t know too many people who wake up & think – today I’ll run 7 miles (with no training).  Leg 3 ended flat– deceptively, that final quarter-mile lasted forever.

Ready, ready, ready to run.  Young Jack was all smiles.  Hand-off complete, we boarded cars & rushed to the Finish Line – Team shirts in hand.  A half mile out, pulled a Team shirt over Jack’s head & all crossed together (including his dad who ran the half marathon).

My first marathon relay – 13th Place (just over 4 hours).  Go Team 4-Layer Delight!

Lunch at Longhorn’s, quick shower, airport.  Under an hour ’til take-off, TSA drama – Ash lost her license (also inadvertently packed a half-bottle of water).  Luckily, she also carries a Costco card.  Who knew that would come in so handy?

Family marathons, highly recommended.  A moment in time I’ll never forget.

 

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