Runner’s Ramblings: Chasing Down a Leadman

July 15, 2016 Posted By: Mizuno USA

Off and running-1 down and 4 more to go.


This weekend was the start of the Leadman race series. For anyone that doesn’t know what Leadman is-it’s a progressive series of trail running and mountain bike races that are run up in mountains of Leadville, Colorado (10,200 feet above sea level) and scored by adding all the finishing times together. Fastest overall time wins.

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The series starts with a marathon that climbs up to Mosquite Pass (13,185 feet). Next is the Silver Rush 50 mile run (or mountain bike, there is a time conversion) which starts in the town of Leadville and climbs to 12,000 feet 4 times before the finish line. From there you have a few weeks to recover before a 100 mile mountain bike race, which tops out at 12,424 feet and gets you all warmed up for a 10km run the very next day. Last on the list is the legendary “Race Across the Sky” 100 mile run that takes you up over Hope Pass (12,600 feet) twice before you can finish. Combined it’s a total of 282 miles of pain and agony, and for some reason I entered thinking it might be a good idea.


Anyways, training has been going well these last few weeks and I was hoping to take a good shot at the over all record for the event this year. On paper it seemed within my ability and I was feeling good. Thing is, that always seems to be my weak spot. Somehow I managed to push things a little too much and ended up feeling a bit tired at the start line of the marathon.


As soon as the gun went off I knew it was going to be a long day, but because it’s a series I had to empty myself out there if I wanted to be in contention for the overall Leadman win, and that’s what I did.


It wasn’t pretty and I can honestly say that I didn’t have another step in me after I crossed the line, but I got it done. 2nd place over all and only about 10 minutes off of the record I set last year. I think the worst part about not feeling great in trail races is that when your legs start to really go, you are constantly looking over your shoulder hoping not to see anyone and if you do, hoping that you can hold them off and make it to the finish before they can catch you. Yesterday wasn’t anything different.


As it turned out, I didn’t see anyone and was able to finish just over 27 minutes ahead of the next finisher, which also turned out to be the next Leadman competitor. It was a hard day at the office, but I got it done and it’s time to start getting ready for the 50 mile race.


If you want to follow the course of things, you can find results at: or you can follow me on instagram  @mraish1 or Twitter: @michaelaish




aish-hs-150x150Michael Aish is a former New Zealand Olympian, 2000-10,000/2004-5,000m, and current ultra marathoner for the Mizuno Race Team.  With PR’s of 13:22 for 5K and 27:46 for 10K, Michael has been tearing up the ultra scene for the last few years, with his most notable performance being a 2nd place finish in the 2014 Leadville 100. 



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