Not long ago I interviewed Matt Carpenter and asked him about his 12 Pikes Peak Marathon wins. The interview went something like this.
Me: How in the heck did you do that?
Matt: You have to be fast. Tuesdays and Thursdays, doing speed work, are where you get fast. The altitude is important, but without the speed, you’re not going to be able to run fast.
Whether you soar at treeline or blaze a 5K, if you’re looking for some speed work the folks at the Grand Prix of Running have something for you. The Classic 10K on July 18 is one of the fastest races in Colorado. The slightly downhill course begins at Tiffany Square (near the intersection of Woodman and I-25) and runs along the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail adjacent to Monument Creek. It ends in Monument Valley Park.
Charles Kamindo holds the men’s record, 29:30, set in 2005. Laura Thweatt set the women’s record, 33:27, in 2012.
If you want a 10K PR, or just want to work on your speed, this is the race. Lots of good information here.
See ya there!
Caring for your active dog
Now, Matt and I did not discuss running with your furry, four-legged companions, but if you’re into that, we have something you might like. Dr. John Sudduth, the running veterinarian, is writing about hiking and running with your active dog. And he’s happy to answer your questions. Just ask away on PikesPeakSports.us. Check out his latest article here.
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