Mile High Run


There is no other way to put it–my nose is in pain!  The insides are dry and cracked and breathing is no easy feat.  Although, I do have a partial deviated septum, it’s usually controllable…in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado it is most certainly not!  But the good news is that my lungs handled the altitude during a 12-mile run on Saturday.

I just returned home after a few days out west for my work’s annual meeting.  Since I had been to Denver before, I prepared myself for the higher altitude by drinking plenty of water on the flight out.  That did me a world of good as the only thing I had to truly contend with later was my nose and cracked lips too. 

Prior to the start of the meeting I had a few hours to kill on Saturday so it was time to squeeze in a long run.  Although I would have liked to do 15-20 there was not enough time, so 12 would have to do.  My college roommate who I was so blessed to see the evening before (as well as her husband–another college friend–and their 8-month old, who by the way I am now in love with), gave me the recommendation of checking out the Cherry Creek Trail.  Sure enough the hotel concierge told me the entrance was only four blocks from my hotel.  So at 8 am I bundled up in the 45 degree weather and headed out. 

The trail wound its way along Cherry Creek and the South Platte River.  I saw old railroad cars which reminded me of the wild west and some signs along the trail marked historical notes such as the 1858 discovery of gold in the river’s tributary when thousands flocked to the area to settle and make their own discoveries. 

What I was most amazed at during my run was just how few other people were out running.  I surely thought the trail would be packed.  Isn’t Denver the world of outdoor adventurers?  I saw a few runners, bikers and others walking their dogs, but the further I got from the city the more desolate the trail became.   I passed some homeless folks and perhaps even some Occupy Denver protestors taking a break. 

Yes, I realize that I was heading towards the more industrial part of the city and probably should have turned back, but I become fearless when I run.  I know I should be smarter.  At the very least I should have turned back when I smelled a nasty landfill stench.  Needless to say, parts of the trail were beautiful–others not so much.  In all honesty, it made me really appreciate the trails in the greater DC-metro area.  Until proven otherwise, I am convinced that I live in a runner’s haven.

My main excitement was the fact that I survived the high altitude and of course my delicious breakfast afterwards at the Denver Diner!

Week 14 Recap (10/31-11/6): 3 days of running totalling 30 miles, 1 weight workout and 200 push ups

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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