Mary in her boot.
Yesterday started out with a first stop at ......Boulder Running Company! Worked for me. I left after purchasing a new pair of shoes and two shirts. First I had to make multiple calls to my credit card company as my purchase was denied since I don't typically use my credit card in Colorado to make big purchases. Next up we drove the race course for the Garden of the Gods race tomorrow (yikes!) and went on a short bike ride which was completely delightful and just the right length since I had been up since 3 in the morning and travelled cross country.
Plus Mary wanted us to hurry so we could get to a track meet where she
The wrist band is proof I was in this track meet. Mary took a
video which you will never see.
Saturday started out with a quick trip to Denver to pick up Emily. On the way we saw antelope :) and beautiful mountains with snow on the top - truly the most beautiful sight in the world! I was fascinated by all the outcroppings and various rock formations.
We got Emily settled in and headed to Waldo Canyon. Mary cheerfully waited in the parking lot while we "ran" it. The last time I visited this was my favorite event out of many wonderful ones. I also loved it today but man was I tired and was it hard! I don't remember that last time and I had hiked Pikes Peak the day before. I haven't aged that much in two years have I? I definitely walked a fair amount today especially after I fell. I was worried about my footing and falling again. I also managed to get lost - truly.
I got back to the trail after following a "false trail" that just ended and being once again behind a man and his dog I had already passed. I ended up following them to the bench where I knew I would know my way plus my favorite daughter was sitting on it patiently waiting for me. Waldo Canyon is loaded with gorgeous views. I never run trails and it gave me a taste of that and a very healthy respect for those of you who do it all the time. It was about 7 miles but felt like more. I did like it when the guy in the running store commented when he heard we had run it: "That's a hard run." Thanks! Mary says Waldo gains about 1200 feet in elevation which is a lot in my book.
I am definitely not in Vermont.
Em on the trail ahead of me.
One of many shots I took of Pikes Peak from the trail.
Look closely and you will see me in
the far distance. I was WAY behind Em.
Looking down on Colorado Springs
I really like this section looking down in the valley
between the sections the trail surrounds. At least
I think that is what it is!
This is near the beginning and it fascinates me that the
interstate is so near so many beautiful hikes and runs.
Last we went out for a tasty lunch, packet pick ups, and another trip to Boulder Running Company so Em could visit it. Now we are relaxing. Sigh....
No big goals for the race tomorrow. I have not tapered although I always say I am not going to race it and I get caught up in it. But this is one hilly course and I don't expect much. I plan to take pictures but at the same time I want to have a respectable time. I am hoping to finish by 1:45. We'll see. It's certainly a great first race of my summer!