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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Falcon Trail and Friends

After a 9 month furlough to the golden gate state, our friend Tim bid farewell to San Rafael and moved back to the Promised Land.  We were glad he decided to move back and hit him up for a run this weekend.  (Of course, everyone else up in Boulder was doing the same, so hopefully this week calms down for him!!)  So we decided we would go over to the Air Force Academy and run the Falcon Trail and follow it up with some good Mexican food - sound good????
Tim and Kathleen cruising the Falcon Trail

We headed out on Falcon counterclockwise and took a nice pace so that we could chat and catch up on Tim's jet-setting, Cali-tales and mostly running related yack.  (Oh - and also Pippit, Tim's awesomely cool little dog that goes everywhere with him!)  It turned out to be a perfect day with sunny skies and temps eventually climbing to 60 degrees.  That was fantastic after yesterday's gale force winds and downright cold temps for the morning run.  As you will soon see, it appears that we all run for team lime green!!! Too weird that everyone ended up in the same color shirts...Tim and I even had the same Wildcats on - lime green also!!!
Steve coming through (photo by TL)

We had a blast running the trails at AFA and Tim gave us a bunch of tips for the running/action photos, as he is an experienced outdoor clothing model and veteran of some magazine photo shoots.  Fortunately, the fellas up in Boulder softened up Tim's legs for us, so he was comfortable cruising the Happy Trails pace.  He has to save his legs for the Miwok 100k coming up in a few weeks.  Plus - he was noticing all the ladies out on the trail today and trying to make a good showing - never know when the future Mrs Footfeathers is on the trail!!!
Steve leading the way for Tim.
Kathleen strolling through the pines.  (Photo by TL)
Tim returns the favor, leading out Steve.
Group photo with Tim feigning exhaustion...

Had to stop for a group photo at the old cabin from the 1800's.  It is seriously leaning to one side and we were wondering if we would have to lean over at an angle to make the picture look good!!  You can't tell from the photo, but it was 1.5 miles to go and we were all thinking BURRITO!  We polished off a great 13 mile run, enjoying good company and a friend who was willing to drive 80 miles to run with us.  well, and eat Mexican food too - can't forget that.  We had a nice visit at 3 Margaritas Mexican restaurant in Monument and rehashed a great day running.  How wild is this - we ran into a guy in the parking lot that has read our blog and recognized us - Thanks Luis, you helped make our day!!!  We chatted a bit about Buffalo Creek trails - I might still have to kick around the idea of hitting the 50K there ... Hmmmm - not sure if I can safely train up to that mileage in 3 months, but alluring as the trails are awesome.  Maybe if some others joined the fun (TZ & Dana, Tim, anyone ....)

Shoes - K Asics 2150 Trail
S (&T) LaSportiva Wildcat

Sporting my new Diablo Trail race shirt that Tim smuggled in from Cali - Thanks TL!!

18 comments:

ajh said...

Too funny about the look alike shirts. Glad you had great weather today.

Meg said...

How fun! It looks like you all had a fun time and I loved the blue sky and lack of snow! I couldn't believe that old cabin, thanks for stopping there and taking a picture, it's incredible!

Jill said...

You guys make me drool every time you post one of your gorgeous trail runs. AFA isn't that far from me; when you guys need a nice, slow and easy 13 miler after I get back from Boston, maybe I can meet you there and I'll DEFINITELY indulge in some post-run margaritas with - yummy! So keep me in mind, okay? Actually, when I went out of my (sucky) 16er at Cherry Creek Park today, I thought I saw the two of you guys coming in as I was going out. The couple looked identical to you, I swear, but then I noticed the chick didn't have a running skirt on nor was it pink so I knew it wasn't Kathleen. But how funny that would have been! Have a great week, guys! Looks like clear skies this week, yahoo!!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

I set my clothes out for tomorrow's run an hour ago. May I join your lime green club? That's what I'm wearing tomorrow!

HappyTrails said...

Jill - It would be a blast to have you come down for a trail run with us, anytime! We enjoy being tour guides. Just let us know when you are ready after you get back from Boston.

Tina - Yes! You may join our Green Club - you must post a pic after tomorrow's run. I didn't even notice all the green until we were standing around at the trailhead - Steve had started out with a red shirt before we left the house and I hadn't even noticed he had switched. Looked more like St. Patty's day than Easter! :-)

ghostfeather said...

Steve, you look great in the Diablo shirt. You are SOOOO doing the North Fork 50k - sign up now. Both of you made the trails 10x more fun today. Thanks for the great time and I told you I can't take good photos!

Slomohusky said...

Happy Easter! Glad you had company and some fun runs as well. Trails are looking great!

Julie said...

Hi Guys,
You had another fantastic run at a new trail:) The pictures are beautiful and I also love the cute rustic cabin from the 1800's! I am such a history nut...I would of gone crazy seeing that:) Good job on your thirteen mile run and what a bonus to have a dear buddy to run with!

GZ said...

Yeah, those trails look like fun! And following it with Mexican food - nearly perfect (just need a brew to top it all off).

ultrarunnerbrianphilpot said...

Looks like you guys had a blast! Great weather and trails, how could it get better?

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

One of my good friends moved from MS to C.S. Her hubby works at the Air Force Academy and I think she has mentioned those trails. She is a runner and is training for a half marathon in May, in Ft. Collins I believe. Small world isn't it?
Running and especially eating with friends is great. Looks like a great day.

ghostfeather said...

Ok, Steve, I'm registered for the Northfork race - your turn. Gives us an excuse to meet up over there for some runs. We'll have to start disguising you so your hoards of fans don't smother us.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

I saw your comment and posted my green shirt picture! : )

Meg said...

Hey, I heard you guys are starting a "green club?" See Tina's blog...very funny!

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Maureen said...

The doggie is so cute!! I always have a soft spot for those...

HappyTrails said...

LOL! HOW did this happen???? You are most certainly welcome to the, ahem, "club", Meg. I guess the only requirement would be is a lovely green shirt and maybe a sense of fun and a good dose of cheerfulness, which you already have. Too funny!
K

Tara said...

It's so good to see you guys running in t-shirts and shorts in the sunshine! Could spring be here?

What a coicidence about the shirts and what a surprise when you saw a person who reads your blog outside of the restaurant. How funny is that?

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