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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve had a sore throat the past few days. It’s hard to hold myself back from running farther when my knee is just starting to feel better. I know I will just get more sick if I push myself too hard though. I ran a mile after work on Friday, a mile and a half around a small town in west central Illinois during my daughter’s scholastic bowl tournament yesterday and then another mile around my neighborhood today. Yesterday’s run really caused me to reflect on the poverty and disrepair of rural America. It makes me sad. I wish we weren’t a society that valued new and shiny so much. I wish we wanted to keep older homes and factories from falling apart. I feel like there are creative solutions for these issues but I haven’t been able to come up with any of those solutions yet. Rural America is aging and unwell and not many people seem interested in taking care of it in it’s old age. It makes me sad.
This trip has been amazing. I reveled in the warmth of the sun and the beauty of the desert for 3 full days. I’m really glad we camped because that gave me the absolute most opportunity to enjoy both the warmth and the scenery. The trip was entirely too short but I’m still glad we went. On Tuesday, I ran a mile on the hotel treadmill before pushing on for our 15 hour drive. It was a long day but it was all so my daughter could see one of her friends before she left on a family vacation. They enjoyed catching up so it was worth the ridiculously long day of driving. Her friend’s mom and I were also close so we got to eat breakfast together after the girls had a sleepover. We got to Phoenix so late though that I didn’t want to set up camp. I was exhausted and it was too dark to enjoy the process. For my run on Wednesday, I ran while my kids hung out with friends at a local mall. I ran through a Marriott resort property, which was lovely but just not the open desert running experience I was looking forward to on this trip. I ran 2 miles through the Marriott property, which was much bigger than I had realized. On Thursday, I got to wake up to this when I unzipped my tent.
I went on a jog/hike where I jogged for 3 miles and hiked for 1 more mile. I’m certainly out of shape for climbing elevation, which isn’t surprising considering Illinois. Here is a pic from my first hike/jog:
I loved every minute on those mountains. On Friday, my legs were a little sore but I knew that wouldn’t stop me from going back out. I took the trail a different direction and got this as my reward:
I jogged 3 miles and hiked 1 again but then we had to head back toward home. It was hard to leave. The temps were a little on the warm side at 78 each afternoon but knowing we were going home to snow and single digit temperatures made the heat more tolerable. We did stop by Sedona before leaving AZ for a hike as a family. The drive into Sedona was a total traffic jam so we turned around and hiked on a trail at the eastern edge of the area. It was still beautiful.
I’m going to be extra sore after sitting in a car all day today but the trip was totally worthwhile. I’m already thinking about my next trip to AZ and the kids and I already have a list going of what we want to do next time. Today I will mourn the end of the trip as I run on a hotel treadmill in Albuquerque.
We got home Saturday night around 8:45. I got a few things unloaded, changed into running clothes, and then checked on the garden before heading out for a mile. I really don’t like running in the dark. I realized quickly that I need to replace the batteries in my headlamp. I was thankful I was on familiar streets and the temperature was blessedly cool. I actually ran much faster than I expected because the change in temperature was so great. I was completely exhausted and felt stiff from sitting so much but I was glad to keep the streak alive!
Yesterday, I got to meet Mr. B and his wife at the local lake for a run. It was so great to get to catch up! Neither of us are ready for school to start though. We walked 2 mikes with Mrs. B and then jogged 3. It was lovely. The sun was warm by the time we were done but the air was cool and surprisingly not humid. I did take some time to stretch and listen to a meditation in the afternoon yesterday, which was awesome. I was super tight from beach running and car sitting.
Yesterday was not an ideal day for a run on the beach but I did it anyway. It was our last day on the beach and I just wanted to enjoy it as much as I could. I woke up late so the sun was higher, which meant it was really hot. Also, the tide was coming in so I was chased by water and had to cross a few areas of water running to and from tide pools. Their beauty was worth the moisture in my shoes though.
My husband joined me for the last mile. I ran 3 miles total and walked a little extra just to enjoy the beach. We got to see the tracks to a new sea turtle nest, which I always love seeing. It would be amazing to get to see one of the gigantic turtles lumbering up on the beach to lay her eggs sometime but it seems like the chances of being in the right place at the right time for that would be like the chances of winning the lottery. I wish we had gotten pictures of the sea turtle tracks but I didn’t realize my husband had his phone until later. You will have to settle for these adorable birdie tracks from the end of our driveway as a replacement.
After the run, we were so hot that we took off our shoes and walked out into the water. The waves were huge for the gulf but very refreshing. It was hands down one of my favorite moments of the trip.
We spent some extra time lingering on the beach at sunset last night to enjoy the last few minutes of summer. I go back to work this week and the kids start school next week. I love the time at the beach with my family. I’m already looking forward to next summer.
I intended my first adventure off my Whole30 to be red wine. Then, my mom made her famous brownies. They were absolutely delicious. It didn’t surprise me at all when I had to stop during my run to use the restroom this morning. What did surprise me was the unfortunate series of events that occurred once I got to the restroom. There is a public access point for the beach about a mile from our beach house that has a nice indoor toilet. I was sweating by the time I got to the restroom. I barely made it. I didn’t even take time to lock the door on the single use room. The park is rarely populated, especially that early in the day. As I prepared to hover over the throne, I noticed a used feminine product was sitting in the bottom of the toilet. I quickly hit the flush lever and continued to prep for the emergency evacuation. As I looked down, the water just kept rising. I started fearing overflow and subsequent contact with blood borne pathogens. I ended up plunging to get the water to recede. As I was plunging with my shorts around my ankles, I heard footsteps on the deck outside the restroom. I quickly shuffled to the door and wrestled the lock into place. It was rediculously dramatic. I got the clog moved, finished what I came to do, and thanked the restroom gods for three distinct gifts. 1. The plunger. 2. That the water didn’t overflow. 3. Running water with hand soap. It was one of those experiences that made me wish I had just ducked behind some shrubbery. Luckily, it was toward the end of my workout. I had run to a neighborhood where my aunt and uncle have a condo so I could do my legs and back workout and use the monkey bars there for my pull-ups. I ran about 4.5 miles total. It wasn’t a bad workout overall. Just a bad restroom experience. Even after all of that, I ate another brownie after lunch today. Maybe I’ll just ensure I have some tissues with me on my run tomorrow. Before all the drama, I got this pic of the sun rising over the bay.
Yesterday I ran 3 easy miles although they didn’t feel very easy. My legs were tired, my mind was tired, and it was hot. The scenery was still incredible but I didn’t enjoy the run overall. Today I decided to take a “rest” day and just jog an easy mile. My youngest asked if he could join me. He has jogged with me several times before and I know he can run a mile so I agreed. I was out of floss so I was going to make it a destination run to the little trading post down the road to get floss. We got about 20 feet from the neighborhood and he said, “I need to walk.” I was thinking that he would recover quickly and we would be back to jogging in no time. The second jogging stretch lasted about as long. By the third one, he was flailing his arms and stumbling around dramatically. It was fun. *sarcasm font* We made it to the trading post and I was relieved to be in air conditioning with out him complaining for 5 minutes. It turns out that he wanted to buy everything in the trading post. He didn’t find it significant that I had only brought $5 to buy floss for $3.88. That was also fun. *sarcasm font again* I didn’t even push him to run on the way home. I just wanted to get him back to the beach house without swearing under my breath again because he is very quick to remind me that I’m not supposed to say those words, which adds to the fun. *sarcasm font part 3* After I dropped him off in front of a show at the beach house, I finished my run about an hour after I had intended to start my run. It was really hot. It was a bummer of a run. When I got back, I did get to stretch on the porch and chat with my family though so there was a bit of a silver lining to my whole rest day attempt. In other news, yesterday was the end of my most recent round of Whole30. I don’t plan on taking measurements because I don’t have my original measurements but I do plan on doing another round when we get back. I will try to be more intentional about my saving my measurements in 2 locations for that round. I know I’m not quite where I want to be yet with my weight so that is why I want to do another round. Also, the start of school is stressful for me so I think having a plan for my food consumption will help keep me on track. I’m a stress eater for sure. However, my first order of business between now and the start of my next round will be sharing a bottle of red wine with my sisters!