My 26th marathon was a dandy! Michelle and I visited Fort Collins, CO for the 2nd time this year and this time around we really got to experience the Old Town. My highlight was running the Blue Sky Marathon, which I believe is named for the trail, but also turned out appropriate with the clear blue sky hovering above us. The first part of the run took us up Towers climb (800′ of elevation gain) near Horsetooth rock. The climb up was tough but what really hurt was my zealous ego sprinting down the other side. As a consequence, my quadriceps suffered from mile eight on. The race was made up of two big loops. The second was the longest and in the middle lay five miles of large rocks or a basically a boulder field. It was slow going but the views made up for the tough terrain. Not a very fast race, but a helluva training run for the JFK 50 next month.