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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Just running along...

Planned ahead for the weekend and had a run scheduled with Tim up in Boulder.  It was a good week to run with him as he just placed 2nd at the Cool 50k+ last weekend (actually 34.2 miles), so he was still recovering which meant I could run with him without coughing out a lung ;-)  Watch for some stellar results from Tim this year - visit his blog to check out a pretty stout race schedule he has planned!  Kathleen had to work and had a planned weekend off from running, so it was a solo trip up north.  (If my math is right, Senor Long now owes us a trip or two south....)

So the plan was to run out on the northeast part of Boulder in the Teller Farms trail network, which is new for me and basically runs right out of Tim's doorstep.  Goal was to run 15 miles on rolling trails at a fairly controlled clip - sounds good!  After getting gear ready and checking for some early race reports form Moab Red Hot, it was off and running.  We hit the weather jackpot - upper 40's, sun, and NO WIND.  Sweet.
 Expansive mountain views...
 ...from just about every angle

We had a great run - chatting about everything under the sun.  (Then I found out Tim doesn't like to talk much while running - uh, oh!!!)  In the course of conversation, however, Kathleen and I officially signed up as crew for Tim's run at Leadville 100 - sounds like some fun in August awaits!!  At least for us - we'll be driving around, wearing down sweaters when it's freezing cold, eating real food, etc.  Oh, and NOT running 100 miles above 10,000 feet elevation :-)  We logged a very solid 15 miles and then headed over to an awesome neighborhood restaurant - Serranos.  An enormous Breakfast burrito was just the ticket after a good run!  Check them out if you are over near Boulder Reservoir and need some grub.  Good times!

Shoes - Pearl Izumi SyncroFuel XC



Follow Up Run

Headed over to Ute Valley Park this morning, not sure what to expect from the legs after a solid effort yesterday.  Since it is a relatively contained park, it is always easy to cut it short if you have no legs.  Pleasantly for me, after a little initial creakiness warmed over, I had pretty decent legs today.  While it was nice and sunny again, there was a crisp reminder in the air that a little bit o'winter is still in the neighborhood and a nice stout breeze to accompany that reminder!
 Freshies on the Peak
 Run the gauntlet
 Trail on Ice or under water - your choice!
 Who can resist singletrack and blue skies???
Mini-Iceberg blocks the trail

Had a great run again with 11 miles and enjoyed another splendid "winter" day.  It has been an off couple of weeks, with a lot of stuff going on - hoping to get back in the swing next week!  Happy Trails...

Shoes - Pearl Izumi SyncroFuel XC

13 comments:

Meg said...

Oh, your snow is melting and the sun is out, spectacular!

ajh said...

Nice pics. Hope you get some more running in!
Just showed your pics to a colleague who has a son who lives in CS!

Jennifer said...

I long for trails like those! Of course maybe minus the elevation! Nice weekend of running.

Footfeathers said...

Great running with you, Steve! Yes, I do owe you guys a trip down to CS. Let's do that in the next couple weeks.

Clarification. I do like chatting on runs. After 40-50 miles of racing I don't like to do much of anything.

mtnrunner2 said...

Never been to Teller or Ute Valley, but they look nice.

Due to warmer temps, trail conditions have been wild lately, including the weekend you asked me about up here, which ended up pretty squishy on Sunday. I've been able to barely avoid mud only by stone-stepping on snow, ice and slush. Fun though if you have the traction.

Christi said...

Great lookin' pics! My hubby and I went for a very brief hike at Ute Valley on Saturday but my injury acted up. I can't wait for that to heal because I need to enjoy the great weather!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

amazing sights!

Kathleen needs to get her priorities straight, work - come on! lol!

Jill said...

I'm not sure how you bypassed all the nasty wind we had in Denver this past weekend - but so glad you did and enjoyed such an amazing run! That is so cool about your friend doing the Leadville; if he needs another hand, I'd be glad to help out (unless it's the same weekend as PP again, as it tends to be??. Not sure I can run but if I can, would like to do PP again).

I felt winter in the air this morning when it was a balmy 18 when I woke up...I guess it IS only February in Colorado afterall!

Have a great week, guys!!

Johann said...

What a great weekend of running! Look at the blue skies! I must certainly follow Tim more closely, thanks for the reminder. Reading about Leadville gets me all excited. Have a good week!

Teamarcia said...

Woot for crewing at Leadville! How cool is that? Your pics are breathtaking as always!

Footfeathers said...

Yeah, drag Jill along too. The more people seeing me suffer, the better. Leadvile's one of my two big focus races and I can use all the support I can get!

I don't see your name, Steve, on the NFork entry list yet...

Glenn Jones said...

Even in the dead of winter - your views are outstanding!

Ace said...

It's still winter around here right?

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