Hi everyone! What happened to June? I have a son leaving for college the end of August so this is freaking me out! 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 might see a mama bear and her cubs. 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!
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 for awhile because certain types of critters also like the dirt and the sunshine. And, I will do more harm to ankles, shins, knees and if I as much as see one of these or any variety.
On a particularly warm morning, I decided to try my knee (hamstring) on the dirt roads. I found a few snapshots of Colorado living along the way. 5280 is a reference to the mile above sea level. In our part of the city, we are above 5280. Because this is all I know, I have never noticed it.
Along with 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. Have you been to Colorado?