I didn’t do an awful lot of running last week, but when I did, the views were amazing.
Tuesday I met up with Nina Machina for a New Year’s Day run at Bluffs Regional Park. It wasn’t my finest run most likely due to the number of drinks the night before ringing in the new year, the remnants of a nasty little cold, and a big ol’ brunch I had eaten earlier that morning. We were hoping for 8-10 miles, but I just couldn’t do it. 6 miles in 56 minutes.
And my next run wasn’t until Saturday. And what a run it was! Nina and I wanted to do something different so we drove 20 minutes to Roxborough State Park to do one of Nina’s bucket list trails Carpenter Peak. It was a gorgeous day with snow packed on the trail. We decided against the Yak Trax and it was fine if you just took it easy on the sharp turns.
It’s a tough climb. It does nothing for the ego when your GPS yells out at you “Average Pace 12 minutes 45 seconds”, but we were working hard out there and that 12:45 pace was all we could handle climbing 1,400 feet.
We got to the top and enjoyed the beautiful views and goofed around for a few minutes before running back down.
There was no way I could even think of doing an arm balance on my rock. It was all I could do to stand on one foot.
Sorry, Mom if that just gave you a heart attack.
The run down was lots of fun and we made up a lot of time. We had to run a little further apart because if Nina had to slow down due to slick spots, I didn’t need to barrel into her.
Can I just tell you how happy I was at this point to be on something flat.
We added on another trail at the bottom to get some more mileage, but I was spent and had to walk up a section of the hill, Ugh. Not a Happy Camper. Just ask Nina -there was cursing involved. But all in all it was a fabulous day! 9 miles in 1:43 (11:26 pace).
This week has already started off to be a good one with a great Monday evening run. Tonight: Yoga Sculpt + Easy Run. I’m piecing together a race calendar, any suggestions?
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- My Year in Numbers (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)
- My First Oak Mountain Trail Run (tanyasylvan.com)
- Back for more (runnergirleats.com)
- My first year of Racing/Running (shrinkinginkdgirl.com)
- setting goals. 2013. (unmaskedbeauty.com)