What happened to summer? My son just left for college and my house is quiet with one less child at home. Which brings me back to how I de-stress. I run, break a sweat or eat chocolate. One of these things is not like the others…
This is the hill that leads out of our neighborhood. It’s steep and it’s a bear (and yes it’s not uncommon to see a mama bear and her cubs in the early morning. It’s the hill when you see a neighbor chugging up the hill you roll down your window and yell a few encouraging words. But look at that sky! Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine a year! Oh, and no humidity. It’s the perfect weather for outdoor enthusiasts.
a run with a view
The trouble with hills was over time my hamstrings and core said, “no more.” It’s been a rough year and a half figuring out the injury (need to treat the source, not the symptom). Blah blah blah. I do more physical therapy now than in the previous 20 years.
So my “team” suggested mixing up my runs with dirt (and tracks). I fought this suggestion for a while because certain types of critters also like the dirt and the sunshine. And, I will do more harm to my ankles, shins, knees and if I as much as see one of these guys. I shared my annual summer yard fear.
On a particularly warm morning, I decided to try my knee (hamstring) on the dirt roads. I found a few snapshots of Colorado life along the way. 5280 is a reference to the number of feet (mile) above sea level. In our part of the city, we are well above 5280. Because I have lived in Colorado for so long, I do not notice the difference in altitude. But, when my son was home from college in Minneapolis it took him a few days to adjust to the altitude.
Along this route, there are usually buffalo roaming in the distance behind the fence. This is a 2 lane dirt road and although most drivers give a friendly wave to acknowledge the runners; it’s not a guarantee. It gets a little precarious around the bends and turns.
Some of you may have seen this on my Instagram feed over the weekend. This greeted me when I finished my run. It puts all of the struggles, pains, complaints in perspective. What are your favorite runs in your city?