Happy Labor Day Barefoot Runners,
|Before Start of Jackson Hole Marathon|
I came out to Wyoming on Wednesday evening to attempt to get acclimated a little ahead of the race on Saturday. The experts will tell you that you need about 10 days to get acclimated properly, but 48 hours was all I could manage. That being said, the key to acclimation is to DRINK PLENTLY so I bought a case of water on day one and started chugging. I think it has really helped as I didn't get any of the typical headaches associated with high altitude acclimation. Now that Linda is here (she arrived Friday) I'm pushing the water on her too and she also thinks it is helping.
I was definitely concerned about this marathon and it's altitude which is all above 6,000 feet. Of course, since I was wanting to do it in under 4 hours I knew it would definitely be challenging as I had just done Colorado in May in 3:56 but that was even 1000 feet lower...I mean, let's face it...there just isn't enough Oxygen once you get above 6,000 feet! And with the added challenge of doing this barefoot, I knew it would be at the edge of my capability.
|Do I look nervous?|
|Chilling out before the start|
|Feet not too bad after 26 Rocky Mountain Miles!|
The course did leave the bike path periodically and join up to regular roads or even highways at some points...total road mileage was probably about 9 miles with the rest being on the smooth bike path. One of the worst sections was on Hwy 22 leading to the small town of Wilson. Here, as I crossed the Snake River Bridge, I hit my right heel hard on an unseen rock and sent shooting pains up to my knee. I think it is a deep heel bruise and I felt it the rest of the race...and still feel it this morning.
|Another Moose Sighting in WY|