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<a href="http://srlopez-maniac111.blogspot.com/2007/08/081107-crater-lake-marathon.html" target="_blank">Here</a> is my report on what I consider to be the hardest road marathon in the United States: the Crater Lake Marathon.<br><br><a href="http://srlopez-maniac111.blogspot.com/2007/08/081207-haulin-aspen-trail-marathon.html" target="_blank">There</a> is my report for the marathon I did the next day: Haulin Aspen. This is a trail marathon that is night-and-day different. Harder in some ways. More fun in lots of ways.<br><br>
Both are pretty.
 

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Nice reports!<br><br>
Sounds like they were both good days for you, other then the falls. Yikes! (Hows the shoulder!)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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My shoulder is ok. It kind of hurt for a few days last week, but it's alright.<br><br>
Currently, my foot is hosed up. And one of my elbows has been achy since January.
 

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Has arthur come to call? Not that you are old or anything....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Tremendous improvement from last year. Times two. Way to go.<br><br><i>"...hardest road marathon in the United States."</i><br><br>
Coming from you, that's really saying something. I don't know a better marathon authority than you, srlopez.<br><br>
How does Crater Lake compare to Lake Tahoe or Grandfather Mtn marathons? Can you make a top 5 list of toughest road marathons?
 

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My current top 5 hardest paved road marathons in the US:<br><br>
1. Crater Lake (altitude, hills, wind)<br>
2. Estes Park (altitude, hills, wind)<br>
3. Heart of America, Missouri (hills, heat, humidity)<br>
4. Grandfather Mountain (hill, traffic, heat, mean organizers)<br>
5a. Mt Desert Island (terrible awful weather, wind, hills)<br>
5b. Hogeye, Arkansas<br>
5c. Big Sur<br><br>
I haven't done Lake Tahoe yet, but my friends don't rate it quite as hard.<br><br>
I've heard Whiskey Row in Arizona is very hard, but I haven't done it yet. And I don't know if it is "paved" or not.
 

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I'm sorry I've been paying so little attention, Robert. What's wrong with your foot these days?
 

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It is very slow.<br><br>
Actually, I don't know. I didn't run Rattlesnake on Sunday because late Saturday night, the top of my foot started hurting. That's about all I can say right now. It hurts a lot less today than it did yesterday, so that's good.
 

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Maybe your best friend canine buddy is gnawing on it while you're sleeping.<br><br>
Hope it recovers well, and bank my best wishes on getting through the tough emotional stuff this month.
 

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Thanks for 2 great race reports!<br><br>
My family went camping at Crater Lake when I was a little girl, and I have a vague recollection of gobsmackingly beautiful scenery.<br><br>
Peace be upon you, and healing.
 

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hmmm. sometimes if i tie my shoe funky and run for a really long time the top of my foot gets sore, almost like it is bruised, for a few days. i have also had muscle cramps in the small muscles in my foot, but they never last more than a day. Supposedly a stress fracture can hurt on top of the foot, i had one in 2000 and i could not walk, it was pretty darn obvious, it hurt everywhere! and severe.
 

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Stevie Ray... work blocks the links. Look forward to reading them from home.<br><br>
I've run various portions of the Crater Lake in 2001 and I concur about it being a mean course. I ran about 7 miles from the end of the road up to the lake up the hills (running clockwise), and then about the same around the other side of the lake into the trees. Wind is insane up there.<br><br>
One that you might want to check out near us is the Grizzly marathon in Montana. Apparently the roads have softball sized "gravel" on them.
 

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Hi Griz. I've run Grizzly. Actually, it's one of my two cursed races. Here's why:<br><br>
Registered in 2004. Broke my leg the month before, didn't run.<br>
Registered in 2005. Ran it.<br>
Registered in 2006. Traveled there, but before the race, the cancer fairy called. Didn't run.<br><br>
Anyway, it is quite challenging, but only about 6 miles are paved, so even though it isn't a trail marathon, I don't list it with these. BTW, the ankle busting rocks are "only" a 5 mile section between M6-M11. After that is wide dirt road with some nasty (fun!) hills.<br><br>
Thanks, merigayle. I don't think it was my shoe tying, but that's a great thought.<br><br>
I can post a few pictures of Crater Lake if anyone is interested. They are merely snapshots, but I like them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">.
 

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I am absolutely in awe that you ran two marathons back to back the way you did! I love Crater Lake, I can imagine how gorgeous your run was. And, I lived in Bend for a while. Both awesome places to run and hang out! Congratulations on your PR's for you races.
 
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