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Achieving my Rocky Mountain high

Racing the Rocky Mountains

Originally Published: September 14, 2011
By Erin Strout

I felt like I was going to throw up. It was June. I had just registered for a three-day, 58-mile trail race through the Rocky Mountains in August. What, exactly, had I just done to myself?

My coach, Michael Smith, a qualifier for the 2008 U.S. Olympic marathon trials, couldn't understand what had me so terrified of the Gore-Tex TransRockies Run, a multi-stage, point-to-point race in Colorado, during which runners traverse the mountains, climbing up to 12,600 feet above sea level, while ...

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