Last week was a really good week. Enjoyed a nice vacation in lovely Denver, CO.
I love the scenery in Colo. The mountains in the background makes for amazing sunrises and sunsets. Unfortunately the first two days I was there we had steady rain. It was completely miserable.
I had just left NC where we had 12 straight days of rain is it finally sunny. But it was vacation and I was visiting my grandson so I will not complain anymore (right now).
Since I am just over a week away from my first marathon in 3 years, I had to continue to run while I was out there. The first day it was pouring, so I had to find a gym. Fortunately I am a member of a gym that's a national chain and they had a nice facility in South Denver. It was a great place for my run. Only 7 on the dreadmill.
Day 2, I had just 5 miles so I woke up early and found it was only slightly misting so I went ahead and ran out side. It was great other than the puddles. I thought since Denver had so much snow, they would have better drainage. They do however have bike lanes on almost every street so I was able to avoid the sidewalk ponds.
Day 3 was just a 4 mile run. Once again only a mist so it was back outside. I decided to run around a park. It was nice. No issues. No puddles. Easy run.
Day 4 was a long run. 12 miles. Fortunately the sun was out and I was loving it. Like I said earlier, Denver has great bike lanes so I was able to run mostly in bike lanes. I did run into a running snob. I do not like to run on the sidewalk. It really hurts my knees. So wherever possible, I run on grass, dirt or the street avoiding sidwalks. Well this hero yells at me while I am running to run on the sidewalk. I just smile and kept going. For there it was smooth sailing. I only thought I was lost once.
All in all the altitude didn't had as big an effect on me as I thought. My times were pretty comparable to normal times.
Back home now and the marathon is just 5 days away. My heart is pounding just thinking about it.