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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Finally Some Sun!

 
Headed over to the Woodmen Park-n-Ride to start a run on the Santa Fe Trail.  Seems our little bonus snow on Friday really upped the ante on our mud/ice scenario on our regular trails, so we figured we would try to at least bag some miles on the more open terrain that SF has to offer.  Plus, at 600' or more lower than our house and some of our favorite singletrack, it got much less snow from the past 2 storms.  The trains were running pretty frequently, this empty one heading back north for more coal.  Pikes Peak looks great with a full blanket of snow, doesn't it?
  
We started out a bit cloudy with a stout headwind, however, that worked to our favor as the wind pushed the clouds off for a while and we got to run a majority of the time in SUNSHINE - oh yeah!  We paid for that a bit in that we had a lot of mud, but with the crushed granite surface, most of it does not stick to the shoes.  Plus, we'll take the sunny runny after some of our grayness of late.  We ran north from Woodmen onto the US Air Force Academy and enjoyed some casual running today - no pace goals, nothing to worry about, just enjoy the run!  Here I am enjoying the splash of sun and glad it made it feel warmer than it was.
  
Happy Trails indeed!
  
 Ice is starting to melt on Monument Creek - maybe Spring will decide to get in gear.
  
Kathleen enjoying the wonderful rays that lift the spirit and warm the soul - almost makes running feel effortless at times!!!
  
Finishing up the run, crossing the footbridge over Monument Creek - little different scenery than some of our regular runs but a little flavor nonetheless from one of our regular haunts.  There was nothing utterly spectacular about our run today, scenery or otherwise - unless of course you figure (as we do) that every day you get to be out and running is a great day.  Life is definitely good!
  
Parting shot - looking back at the trail as it passes under the Mark Dabling and Woodmen interchanges, meandering along Monument Creek.  We were able to enjoy 11 miles, most of it under a sunny sky which made it that much better.  We're holding out hope that Old Man Winter is going to loosen the grip on us and let some Spring weather start to trickle in - plus it is two weeks from time change and longer evenings - bring on the midweek runs!   Happy Trails!

Shoes - K Asics 2150 Trail (think she finally found her Go-To shoe)
S - La Sportiva Wildcat

11 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Steve and Kathleen,
Yes, finally a little bit of sunshine!! I love it...it is good to see the snow starting to melt:) It is easy to be in a great running mood when the weather cooperates:) You shared some lovely pictures from your nice run!! I hope that you have a wonderful week!!

ultrarunnerbrianphilpot said...

Man that looks like a great run. We have snow snow and more snow. I too can't wait for spring, I need my shorts.

ultrarunnerbrianphilpot said...

Allmost forgot you lived out here in Ohio. Running is really big, from 5k to 100 mile. I would rather live out west but it's ok!

Meg said...

GORGEOUS skies for you two! I drove over a mountain that we climbed today and saw snow along the San Jacinto(SP?)mountains and I thought of you two...there was a lot of snow, more than I've seen in a long, long time. I can see you're enjoying your snow and clear skies:) !

Jill said...

We had zero sunshine yesterday and Beth and I were commenting on how it felt cold and damp, like the Midwest. As I sit here and type away, it's still cloudy but I hear Mother Nature is going to give in a little this week in Colorado and bring some temps in the 50's. I can't wait!!!! Have a great week running, your weekly reports always bring a big smile to my face!! :)

Danni said...

Yay sun!!!!

Slomohusky said...

another great looking trail run. some shots seemed almost snow free. two more weeks will make a big difference - won't it?

ultrarunnerbrianphilpot said...

Hay, the Mohican 100 is in loudonville Oh over by Mansfield. It's a tough race hills, rock, and rivers. It runs loop form. The Burning River 100 is sweet point to point from Chagrin to Cuyahoga falls, two great local runs for us in Ohio. The Mohican I have not raced yet, the two races are so close together. This year is do or die!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Glad to see your blue skies! Yes, every running day is a great day!

T Z said...

Hey! I recognize those trails. You guys should be poster models for trail running gear. Glad you are still getting your miles in.

BTW, we are officially Purple Mountain customers.

Average A said...

Nothing utterly spectacular about the scenery? You have to be joking! Looks like a GORGEOUS and sunny run!!

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