The most inspiring person I saw on the @ltraceseries Trail Marathon course on Saturday was 2011 Ultrarunner of the Year, @mackeydave1! In May 2015, Dave badly injured his left leg and had 13 surgeries before deciding to have it amputated in October 2016 so that he could have a chance of resuming his normal routine of running. Watching him run by me on the course moved me to tears, especially given the exceptionally challenging terrain and elevation in Leadville. Thanks for inspiring us all, Dave!🙏 #DaveMackey#LeadvilleTrailMarathon#Leadman#Leadville#Colorado#noexcuses#ultrarunning#run#domore#digdeep#Godisgood#blessed
A big weekend of racing trails, consuming beer, and standing on podiums for team TAP. (Swipe right!). @ltraceseries Saturday with Casey and Rachel doing the brutal trail marathon. Becca Jay took home 2nd for the heavy half with a 2:55 (division). On MTB side at the @baileyhundo Adam nabbed the age group win and 18th overall and our resident tough guy Jason Hilgers was 3rd place single speed and 9th overall. #somuchwinning
I have one more story to share from the @ltraceseries Heavy Half this past weekend. A story only a hand full of people know about. This year I knew that there was a distinct possibility I might not be able to finish the race. I couldn't train properly leading up to the race day because of my fractured fibula in March so I had no idea what the day would hold for me. I held out hope that I could push myself beyond what my mind thought capable and I would indeed make the 7.5 mile, 3000+ foot climb to Mosquito Pass. I had some precious company with me to help make it happen. I had two vials each containing ashes from each of my parents. They never got to see me run, but if I made it to the top of the mountain they would have been with me to see my greatest accomplishment. I shouldn't have made it to the top, but I did, and they were with me every single step of the way. I wouldn't have left their ashes out there if I had tapped out. It was at the top or nothing. Now, when I visit Mosquito Pass again I know I'll have two people cheering me on from the top of the world. I'm thankful to everyone that helped push me to make this happen without knowing it, and for my race buddy @josephalexanderstudio for taking this photo and sharing this moment with me. This race was once again life changing and I got to share it with the two people that push me every day to be a better person. Thank you Mom and Dad. I miss you both and I'll be back to visit with you again soon. ❤️ #leadville#heavyhalf#mom#dad#imissyou#iloveyou#mymotivation#mywhy
Leadman Marathon this past weekend-
What a great event and town.
Felt like crap for the first ten miles. Just had to work through it and it paid off as the next 16 were so much fun! Climbed well, ran fast, and enjoyed it!
Remember when Charlie was running home to show Grandpa Joe his Wonka Golden Ticket? That’s how I felt after the gold coin rolled down to me in my age group. This coin allows me to bypass the lottery, so I’m running Leadville 100 in 2019!!
@topoathletic @nuunhydration @ltraceseries @treadzshoes #topoathletic#leadman2018#leadville#imrightwhereibelong#persevere#upupup#mosquitopass
Wrapping up my favorite weekend of the year - Leadville!💚 This is my mom, dad, and me at the finish line. Yesterday was the 6th year in a row my dad and mom did the heavy half marathon (15.5 miles, 3,200 ft of vertical gain) and my mom placed THIRD in her age group!🎉 She had no idea! She heard her name over the loudspeaker and ran right up to the podium for her award🥉🙌🏼 So many family members and friends come to Leadville to run the full, heavy half, or just cheer. We all wear our Rob Jansen t-shirts and drink lots of Dale’s Pale Ale in his memory🍻 I know Robert was looking down on us yesterday as the thunderstorms stayed away and I know he smiled so much when my mom won her award. The Leadville races are by far my favorite ever because they bring everyone together, and I’m already looking forward to next year😊 @ltraceseries
Happy, happy Father’s Day to this dreamboat. In the beginning, dating someone with kids seemed terrifying...little did I know that I would fall in love with you because of it. Thanks for loving us all 🖤 we sure do love you!
I hadn’t done any altitude since last autumn, I hadn’t done many long runs, so the goals for my first race at Leadville were to have fun, stay upright, look at the scenery and flowers, and cross the finish line. (I did have a secret time goal of “I will be so embarrassed if it takes me longer than this,” and I beat it.) The Heavy Half does not mess around and I am in awe of some friends’ performances in both the half and the full Leadville marathon.
I’m grateful for teammates like Alex and Othman and Sean and Troy who stop to chat or take a pic and smile through the effort. Also grateful for people like Dan and Jandy and Christine and others who volunteer and cheer.
It was also nice to meet new people on the trail like Shana from Ft. Worth and Fotis the Greek guy. Trail running on a challenging course brings out the social side of this sport, especially when you’re slower than most.
I’m thankful for what my body can do and I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer’s challenges and adventures.