Friday, May 11, 2018

My Colorado Peeps : Come cheer for me at Colfax Marathon

Hello My Dear Friends, Family, and Members of My Wider Communities in Colorado!

On Sunday May 20, 2018 (next Sunday), I will be running the Colfax Marathon in Denver

This will be my third marathon of 2018. After the Los Angeles Marathon on March 18, 2018. And the Eisenhower Marathon in Abilene, KS on April, 7th, 2018. This madness of running waaaaaaaay too many marathons is part of my plan to survive a terminal cancer by running as far away from it as possible. 😆😇

Also, this marathon is likely to be the only marathon I will be running in Colorado in the next 4-5 years. I will definitely run another marathon in Colorado in the future. However, that will be after I make significant progress on my plans to run a marathon in every state in the US and as many countries as possible. So my plan for the next few years is to run every next marathon in a new state/country. Consequently, Colorado will have to wait for its second chance for a while. 😆

In this context, I have a request for all you folks: 
While running/walking for 5-6 hours to finish a marathon, I have found people cheering on the side of the road to be of huge motivation. Even if they have general signs like "Go Random Stranger!" or "I believe in you, Total Stranger." I can only imagine how much more motivating it will be if there were signs with my name on it along the marathon course. 👍👊

Here is the Course for Colfax Marathon this year:

I am planning to run at a pace of around 12 minutes to 12.5 minutes per mile, with a finish time of around 5h15m to 5h45m. The marathon starts at 6am. I will probably cross the start line by around 6:15am being at the very back of the running pack. So I am likely to come back to the finish line at the City Park by around 11:15am to 11:45am.

With all that in mind, here are the times at which you can expect to see me on the marathon course:
LocationApproximate time I will get there
Start Line - City Park, Denver6:00am - 6:20am
Colorado State Capitol / Civic Center Park area (~3 miles)6:40am - 7:00am
Centennial Gardens / Elitch Gardens (~5 miles)7:10am - 7:30am
Colfax Ave & Irving St (~7 miles)7:40am - 8:00am
Enter Sloan Lake (~8 miles)7:55am - 8:20am
Exit Sloan Lake (~10.5 miles)8:40am - 9:00am
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (~13 miles)9:00am - 9:20am
Colfax Ave & Dudley St. (~16 miles)9:40am - 10:00am
Colfax Ave & Perry St. on the way back (~19 miles)10:20am - 10:40am
17th Ave & Washington St (16th Ave Mall area) (~24 miles)11:00am - 11:20am
Finish Line at City Park, Denver11:15am - 11:45am

A note about my running pace and finish time for this marathon:

My personal best time for a Marathon has been the 4h56m that I managed to accomplish at the Eisenhower Marathon a few weeks ago. I don't think I will be able to beat that this time. I am not going to kill myself by trying to run a faster marathon and set a personal record - of 4h45m or some such time. If I do kill myself trying to run a faster marathon, Glioblastoma - which has been saving me for later, to kill me with peace of mind at its own sweet time in its leisure - would be very disappointed in me. 😛😂

Additional reasons why I am taking it easy this time:
  • I want to be able to recover very quickly from this Marathon to be able to get back to work and play with my daughter / take care of personal obligations as soon as possible after the marathon.
  • Also, I want to be able to attempt the Mt Evans Ascent less than 3 weeks later. I am not even thinking of finishing it at this time given my zero training at high altitude and with significant elevation gain.
  • I want to stop and chat, exchange pleasantries, take pictures with as many of my friends and comrades along the marathon trail as possible. 😛😂
That reminds me. I will be using the following hash-tags for my social media posts while running the marathon:
  1. #PrakashRunsColfax : A way for me to find posts related to this marathon in the future to re-live the magic!
  2. #BTAM, #BTSM & #Glioblastoma or #GBM : May is Brain Tumor Awareness month. I want my marathon run to help raise awareness about brain tumors and Glioblastoma. #BTAM = Brain Tumor Awareness Month. #BTSM = Brain Tumor Social Media - Tag used for communicating about Brain Tumors. I was considering #FuckGlioblastoma earlier, but decided to drop it as it doesn't exactly portray the relationship I have with GBM. 😛
If you do see me at the marathon and post about it, please tag with the above hash-tags.

So Folks: See you along the Colfax Marathon running trail on Sunday! Start making your signs!!

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