Today, I had the pleasure of joining about 100 runners for the 8th annual Tahoe Triple and 3rd annual Super Triple. I ran a great first marathon, finishing in 3:23. First in the Super Triple and third overall in the Regular Triple. Last year, I ran my fastest time on this course (3:45), so I surprised myself by shaving more than 20 minutes off of my Day 1 PR without going out of my comfort zone! Of course, it helped that I did not run a 53-miler a week before, like last year. By the way, good luck to all the RDL/SNER runners (Michael, Jean, Mark) this weekend!
Chuck "Marathon Junkie" Engle was on pace for the new record, but had some stomach issues around mile 13 and had to slow down, finishing in second place in 3:12. Hopefully he will recover so he can finish the Triple. After we iced the legs in the lake, we all went to Sprouts for a great lunch (Nachos and a juice called "The Whole Damn Garden").
Vista Points Everywhere
Race HQ: Angel's Truck
With Chris at the Start
Blue (right) and Chuck Engle (left)--first and second respectively--warm up
Les Wright, Ready for the Shotgun Start
Chuck Engle Fly-ByRunners Head Down the Highway
Chris Provides the Water
Blue Flies Down the Hill
South Lake Tahoe
Turns Through Town Were Marked Really Well This Year
The Crew Takes a Break
Cave Rock (Mile 20) Marks the Start of the 1000' Climb up the "Hill from Heaven"
The Last 3 Miles Feature a Relentless Climb
Finshed in a New PR: 3:23
Mandatory Leg-Icing with Chuck Engle, Blue, and Ryan Flynn
Next Up: Eat, Sleep, and Line Up for Day 2 Tomorrow at 7:45 in the morning.