Sunday, September 26, 2010

Capulin volcano run

Me, just after finishing with the girls, each fun run finishers themselves
So my last post wasn't Big Dummy or Daddy related. At least this one is Daddy related but suffers from lack of bike content.

This weekend I traveled to another state to take part in a run. Yes a run, not a ride. It was the Capulin Volcano Run in an incredibly scenic area in Northern New Mexico. We met my brother and his girls, and my mom (otherwise known as Oma) near Folsom, NM.

I ran the 5k, as did my Mom, while Chris and Jen ran the half marathon. Those who know me know that I am a fairly recent running convert, but have fallen dormant in my running activity for over a year. Lacking in raw talent or speed, I make up for in... something, I suppose. I'm good at lacing my shoes, maybe. In any case, the event was hosted by a gracious community, and well supported with great food and amazing views. It was also notable as most likely the only time I will even come close to finishing near the top of a timed event.
That's me in 4th place, just off the podium out of 20 some 5k finishers
I suspect that the real draw is the half marathon and not the 5k. The half marathon course winds up the side of an extinct volcano, to the very peak after gaining about 1,100 feet in 2.1 miles, then back down and on to the village of Folsom. The 5k is not nearly so demanding; climbing a couple hundred feet out of Folsom and then back down again. Needless to say, it was demanding enough for my taste.

Afterward, we all enjoyed the great food, including pork chili, breakfast burritos and home-baked goods. I can't say enough about how great the food was. Really terrific. As I've stated before, I'm not really a racer or a runner, but it was a great time. I look forward to next year.
Oma and Jen
Near the summit of the volcano
The view from the top included parts of several states
Near the bottom of the crater
Hamming it up
Girls in a tipi
Tipi camping is fun


  1. Looks like a great little trip! We want to do more exploration of New Mexico, only having really done the Abiquiu area. I'll add this to our list!

  2. It was fun. I haven't explored much of New Mexico, but what I've seen is great. I highly recommend the area around the Capulin Volcano National Monument. Be prepared for narrow, winding roads and not very smooth surfaces. In other words, lower speeds and lots to see.