Colton's Corner Archives

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Hartford Marathon 2016

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-6-27-56-pmIn 2014 I ran the Hartford Marathon in the pouring rain on tired, recovering legs along the journey of preparing for a marathon later in the year. In 2012 it was my marathon debut and it would seem that I went out of the way to make every rookie mistake you can imagine, and then some. Prior to that, it was to be a pipe dream. Read more »

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Thoughts of a Race – 2016 Fall Frolic 5k

*All thoughts in relation to timing through the race

-1:30:00 – Is that the alarm? Ugh. I feel stuffy. I guess we’re really doing this. But just one hit of the snooze button will make waking up easier.

-45:00 – Ahh, that was nice-WHAT?! SHOOT! It’s 8:45! Where’s my stuff?!

-35:00 – Feetures Merino and Adidas Bostons on my feet, racing flats in the backpack. Read more »

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Vermont 50 Tips & Trick

I’m a professional at making rookie mistakes. I’ve spent a long time making mistakes so that others don’t have to suffer the same fate. The Vermont 50 is a race that is near and dear to my heart, as it was my first successful 50 miler. The past 3 years I’ve gotten the opportunity to enjoy this great event and have recruited others to join in on the fun as well.  Read more »

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Silver Rush 50

(Editor’s note: pictures to follow once Jes stops hoarding them. I also apologize for the length of this post. Warning: wall of text alert!)

It has been years since I first heard of the mountain town of Leadville, Colorado and the trail race series it plays host to. Since then it would only be a matter of time before I got to take my turn to race through the Colorado alpine. Read more »

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Worst Taper Destination: Leadville, CO

The reason for coming out to Colorado a week before the Silver Rush 50 was to make an attempt at acclimating to higher altitude, finding a point of isolation to focus on this race and getting to see the area I’ve heard so much about. What I certainly underestimated was the near-gravitational pull of the snow-capped mountains out my bedroom window. Read more »

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Smooth Sailing: Boston to Leadville

I’ve been having this reoccurring dream over the past few months about feeling the cool mountain breeze on the back of my neck as it swoops under my backwards hat. The earth beneath my feet is a hard-packed, dusty, dirt path that ungulates through the hills of Aspen groves and Douglas Firs. I begin to run towards the path that almost audibly calls my name. Read more »

Monday, June 27th, 2016

A New Leaf.

“Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I’ve ever been.” “”Iain Thomas

Those that know me best have described my training as “erratic” and “a thrown together jumble of whatever looks painful or fun. And it doesn’t make sense how it works.” I can’t argue with that. In the past I’ve taken my bits of knowledge of high mileage training and mixed it with some hill repeats and jumped into track workouts with a more organized friend. Read more »

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Traprock 50k

25328To start my race season for 2016 I decided to do an event that has been on my radar for a few years but never lined up with my schedule. Also, it’s a tougher race than I’m usually prepared for this early in the season. Since this year’s schedule seems to be about stepping out of the comfort zone, the Traprock 50k fit the trend perfectly. Read more »

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Rainy Runs

Each morning I look out the window and check the weather app on my phone to see what kind of layers will be necessary for the morning miles. Somehow yesterday I must have missed the little rainy cloud emblem under the 38-degree temperature and I committed to some thin tights, and a Nike half-zip top. In a mile or two the body would warm up enough to be comfortable. Read more »

Monday, January 4th, 2016

New Year, Same Out of Shape Feeling

Fitness junkies are sometimes bothered by the “New Years Resolutioners.” I don’t get it. Motivation is hard. Finding the will to get up early, change your normal routine and put yourself in an uncomfortable situation is a very difficult thing to do. For me, it was the Brooks spandex tights that would keep me warm in the brisk 28 degree this morning. Read more »

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