Running in Boulder definitely has its perks! And I wanted to post about a few of my usual “companions” that keep me company when I am logging in the miles. There are some whose presence I would rather not have to deal with on some days (hills, hills, always hills….) and then there are a few others that I hope to NEVER have to come face to face with (mountain lions, bears, rattlesnakes – oh my!) But in the grand scheme of things, I am truly thankful that I get to spend my time sharing the quiet of my mornings with these fellow new friends of mine. They all have their characteristics that affect me differently and I am a more blessed/stronger/aware-of-my-surroundings runner because of the impact each one has had on me.
To fill you in on where I run most mornings, just know that I walk out the front door and immediately start jogging for various 4-7 mile loops on amazing trails around Wonderland Lake and then up to the Foothills of North Boulder. And these are some of my fellow buddies for you to meet :-)
Trails Going Out
Trails Coming Home
Now I have only done the run posted below 3 times, but how cool it was to see this elevation gain when I downloaded the run from my garmin!
The track is another friend of mine that I have been hooking up with every other week or so. This is my first time to really be serious about running intervals and they have been my least favorite part of training. But when I have these views as I am trying to not throw up doing 400 and 800 meter sprints around the track, I can’t really complain.
I have been having such great running outings here. And as long as we remain in Boulder, I am totally taking advantage of the terrain and altitude and awesome running opportunities in hopes of becoming a stronger and faster runner (and without injury this time!!) I plan to get my weekly mileage up above 45 consistently over the next month so that at the beginning of January, I can start training for the Colorado marathon on May 6th. It has been a slow and steady come back from my last injury as I have been working up my mileage starting with 1 mile a week back in February and then increasing around 10% each week. I am not where I want to be, but the horizon is full of hope. And it was fun to see that over the last 63 days since we have been here, I have run 256 miles and gained 11,932 feet!! Good times :-)