Defn: a human male displaying evidence of devolution - exhibits distinctive "caveman-like" tendencies. This man often dribbles in public places; cannot drink a beverage without spilling it on himself, the floor or someone else; may also run into objects like lampposts & bushes; has a definite "sloopish & short legged" running style that is slow and low to the ground, often resulting in the dragging of knuckles.

These throwback neanderthals, along with their questionable diet, should clearly be avoided.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Barr Trail and Elk Park Trail

Got my 3rd marathon distance in the past 4 weeks with this run.  Started at the Pikes Peak Marathon start line in Manitou Springs and went up to Barr Camp via Barr Trail (approx 7.5 miles), then took a right turn onto Elk Park Trail (for another 5.5 miles).

I have not been on this trail before, it was quite varied with a couple of stream crossings, a few rocky sections, a good climbing section for the last mile and more up to the Elk Park parking lot - right at tree line.  But my favorite sections were traversing along the side of the mountain, in the trees, along soft, dirt single track - made even more spongey by many years of leaves and pine needles falling on the trail.

It was a good long run, getting in just over 6000' feet of elevation gain, maxing out about 100' below 12,000' elevation.  Taking the pace nice and easy for a 5 1/2 hour round trip and really enjoying the Elk Park trail which I had all to myself - aside from a few Marmot's and other little critters.

After getting up to the parking lot, I turned and went back on the same trails and finished up with just over 26 miles on the day.


  1. That's a solid run Craig - So are you in for the 50k?

  2. I am in, and looking forward to the mystery of the unknown (distance - for me).