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Running the Eldora ski slopes

July 22, 2012

13 miles in 2:43, mostly between 9,000-10,000′

The morning was spent out at Eldora, where 7 from our rotating crew of Sunday runners hiked-ran the network of cross-country and downhill skiing trails.  I was again the young guy and also the least experienced of the majorly accomplished group – one of the guys, not too long ago, was the Master’s National Champion in the 1500M (4:01), 3rd in the world.  But they are all amazing at whatever they do, with skill sets within the group including cross-country skiing, track, road, and trail running, triathlon, cycling, swimming, and probably ping-pong, badminton, and cross-stitching.

[Photo below is actually from yesterday’s run – the little creature in the bottom left corner is me, working to make it to the top.]

Photo credit: Ed Terrell

It was up and down for 8 miles but super casual, stopping to take in the views through breaks in the heavily treed area.  To get my needed mileage, I ran a couple miles solo out of Eldora, actually getting in some faster pace as I was the only person on the road that descends towards Nederland.  Picked up 15 minutes down the road, they dropped me back off 3 miles out of Boulder on the Boulder Creek trail so I could get my final running in to get back to my car.  Another beautiful run with good people, bringing me close to 80 miles in the last 7 days.

From → Colorado, Mountains

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