Colorado ❤️

My sister invited me on a quick trip to Colorado. She lived in Fort Collins a few years ago and wanted to go back to her favorite tattoo shop and visit her friends. I was pretty excited for the change of scenery. Before we left, I ran a mile Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, I ran 2 miles in our neighborhood while my yongest rode his bike. We left around 3 am Thursday morning and got to Fort Collins around 5:30 pm. We made great time. She found us an amazing Airbnb in Poudre Canyon where we could hear the water running with our windows open.

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It was a fantastic location. The only bummer was that the narrow road wasn’t very safe for running so we had to drive to run or hike. We certainly didn’t have to go far though. There was a fantastic 7 mile hike about a mile down the canyon highway. My sister had dinner plans Thursday night so I ran a mile from the restaurant in Old Town. It was a lovely run. I walked around and enjoyed the sites as I cooled down before joining my sister and her friends to eat.

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On Friday, we hiked Greyrock near our cabin. I was planning to do a little jogging on the trail but I grossly underestimated the difficulty of the hike. I quickly decided to enjoy the hike with my sister and run in Fort Collins again that evening. My legs are still sore from that hike. It was absolutely gorgeous and worth the pain though.

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I ran a mile later that day on the Poudre Bike Trail with heavy legs. On Saturday, my sister met a friend for another long hike at Lory State Park. I was in no condition to join them so I jogged 2 miles along the lower West Valley Trail to take it easy on my legs. I hiked a mile up the trail to hike out with them later that morning. It was absolutely stunning.

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Our last day in Colorado was stormy but we managed to sneak in a quick hike during a break in the weather. We hiked a couple of miles along Hewlett Gulch Trail. I jogged a mile of that hike since the trail wasn’t very technical. It was a great hike with several creek crossings. The sound was absolutely magical.

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We are driving back to Illinois now and I’ll need to run when I get home. I’m expecting significantly more humidity and significantly less senic views. I’m looking forward to my next trip to Colorado for sure.

Climbing back out of the hole. Again.

The past year has felt like one step forward and two steps back with my running fitness. I know that’s not entirely true because I have been able to maintain an awesome run streak but I sometimes feel really discouraged about my decrease in mileage. It really seems like every time I start climbing out of the hole something comes by and knocks me back into the hole again. Regardless, I’m climbing back out of the hole again. For the past week, I’ve been able to run 2 miles every other day and I’ve gotten back to my pull-ups, dips, and a flip routine as well. It feels good to get back to those activities that I consider basic for my overall fitness. It has been ridiculously hot out so I have tried to either run in the morning or right around sunset. Several evenings have still been into the 90s with the heat index. It’s been rather sweaty. I’m hoping for another week of 2 mile runs alternated with one mile runs before I bump a few runs up to 3 miles. Fingers crossed!

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Bronchitis

Bronchitis is no fun. Running with bronchitis is even less fun. I actually aspirated ice cream while celebrating my daughter’s 14th birthday and I must have aspirated some bacteria along with it. I’ve been sick for a week now. I’ve only run a mile each day for the last week. I’m trying hard to not get frustrated and impatient with myself. I’m ready to enjoy summer. At least I’ve had some great books to distract me while I’m spending extra time lounging. I’m hoping that having more down time this weekend will help kick the bacteria out of my lungs. It’s time for it to go for sure. The week prior to getting sick, I ran 2 or more miles 4 days out of the week. It is nice to have more time to focus on myself now that school is out. I’m ready to start building up my mileage again!

Relief

This past week has certainly been a whirlwind. The final results are in though and our family has one less house in our possession and one additional high school graduate! Both of my older boys set a goal for themselves to graduate from high school a year early. They have both had mental health struggles this year that threatened to derail their goals. We received word today that both boys passed all of their classes this semester, which means one of them will graduate Saturday and the other will graduate after completing a credit recovery program this summer! It looks like he should be done around June 11 so he won’t be far behind his brother in graduating. It’s a huge relief for all of us that their hard work has paid off for them. Also, our closing on our old house was finalized yesterday. We had to move the last of our items out of the house over the weekend and I was super sore for a couple of days afterward. We had left a few large items in the basement that were heavy and awkward to get up the stairs. I was thankful to still be able to run a mile each day despite the exhaustion and soreness. Today was the first day in quite awhile where I felt like I had the time to run as far as I wanted. I ran almost 2.5 miles to check out a nearby neighborhood with a couple of houses for sale. I also did some pull-ups, dips, and a flip on my way out. It was a great run. The only other day this week where I was able to run more than a mile was Monday evening. I ran just under 2 miles that day but it was broke up by a visit to a park with my youngest. Those are some of my favorite runs. I’m certainly ready to settle into a slower pace for summer and to have time to lengthen my runs when the mood strikes!

Sadness

It has been a sad week. My husband lost his best friend from high school in a motorcycle accident. It was a terrible tragedy and seeing the sadness of his friends and family at his service was hard. He loved the outdoors and his family held an outdoor service in a nature preserve. I went back to the nature preserve the next day and ran on the trails. I reflected on John’s life, his friendships, the pain of his parents and sister. It was a beautiful setting for the service and a beautiful setting for a run of reflection. I will certainly be back to run those trails again and reflect on life. Also, Mr. B’s wife lost her battle with cancer yesterday. He is facing the situation with bravery, taking comfort in the fact that she is no longer in pain. I’m aching for Mr. B and their daughters. The sadness between both losses feels constructing at times. I will try to run the burden of the sadness off and send positive energy to both families as they try to figure out how to move forward.

Still streaking!

It’s a busy time of year for our family with proms, wrapping up school work, preparing for finals- and we have the closing of our house to add to the chaos. I’m glad it’s selling but it’s a lot at one time. On top of that, my job is going through a huge upgrade of our chemical storage system and we are relocating our entire stock room this week. I’m really looking forward to June. I got to visit my old running buddy, Mr. B, and his wife yesterday. She has entered hospice care and their family is rallying around her to ease her discomfort and support her in every way imaginable. It’s hideous and beautiful all at the same time. It was so good to see Mr. B and take a long walk together with my two youngest kids. I hope to see Mr. B and Mrs. C again soon and sneak in a run with my old running buddy. I had to look at my garmin’s running logs to even know what I’ve run this past week. I was a little surprised to see only one run over 1 mile but it is what it is. The good news is- I’m still streaking!

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Still spring!

This past week has been busier than I would prefer. My twins are trying to graduate from high school a year early so they have challenging course loads and it’s getting to the time of year where the pressure is really on them. Typically, they don’t like to have me help them with homework. They have finally agreed to accept help to achieve their goal of graduating. I have to dust off my algebra 2 knowledge but I’m happy to be able to help. In other news, my cold is mostly gone. I have some minor congestion remaining, which becomes gross when I run, but can be cleared out with a little effort. I finally got back to my new 2 mile loop yesterday. I ran past the local elementary school for some pull-ups, dips, and a flip and then up and around one of the neighborhood lakes. It was a beautiful day. It felt great to get back to my favorite workout. I ran that loop on Monday morning as well after dropping off my youngest at school but I physically felt much better running it yesterday. I ran single miles the rest of the week. Tuesday, I ran around the neighborhood after work while my youngest rode his bike. Wednesday, I ran after dropping him off at school in the morning. On Thursday, I ran after work around the neighborhood. And on Friday, I ran after work but I ran to the trail from my work building and I love having the chance to do that. I would have liked to run farther but I didn’t have time. Another day. The best part about this week was certainly the weather. The temps have been perfect for running and the sun has been shining.  Flowers have been blooming, the grass is getting greener, and trees have started getting their leaves. It really is a great time of year to be a runner.