Last year I did the PPA, and what a terrible day with altitude. I emptied my guts at several spots on the mountain, and was completely delirious by the time I got to the summit. So what does any sane person do, sign up for the PPM this year. More training and with a little bit more knowledge, I eased into the run feeling great, had a good pace through the W's, but then came the stomach cramps and I started thinking not again. I was able to maintain a decent pace to Barr Camp, just under 2:30. But the trip to the A-frame became a test of will power, I could not shake the stomach cramps. I had several thoughts of turning back, but somehow I just kept pushing on. I made it to the A-frame well ahead of the cut off and shockingly I started to feel good above treeline. Suddenly, I realized I was having fun again and no pain. What a blast taking to the other runners coming down, giving and receiving encouragement, even cracking a few jokes. The aid stations were awesome! Made it to the turn around with lots of gas in the tank. Back down was fun and the few up-hills felt great, the last 3 miles were a killer on my feet. I never thought black top would feel so good. Coming down into the shoot, I could not believe the amount of support, still lots of people lining the streets cheering us on! I was so happy to see my wife and kids. One of the toughest days of my life but am I crazy ... tons of fun. It only took a few minutes for me to decide here I come 2014! Great job and thank you Race Committee, Manitou Springs, EPSAR, and all the volunteers!!!!