2018 Goal: The Colorado Trail

I have always been a hiker. When I was young my mom used to take us to New Hampshire for scenic drives and we would get out and hike all the popular tourist spots. When we went up to our family camp in the middle of nowhere Maine we would hike the 4×4 roads as a family. I’m not sure I realized how much I loved these adventures until I got older and spent less time with my family.

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Long run Monday

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Intersection of Colorado and Red Trails

Sorry I have been a little MIA for the past week. My internet is all messed up and not working, and we can’t figure out why. I have still been running though don’t worry! On Monday I had a long run day with just myself and the pup. We left my house and ran up to the aquaduct trail, I thought I was just going to do the usual loop around the back ranch at Keystone, but then I realized it was going to rain soon and I probably should get a longer run in.

Well my longer run turned into 14 miles. The longest distance I’ve ever run by myself. From the back ranch, I took Red Trail up to the Colorado Trail and it was breathtakingly beautiful up there. I felt really removed from society with just Shea and my thoughts. I had beautiful views of Peak 1 and 2 and eventually the whole ten mile range. I stayed on the Colorado trail all the way back down to Horseshoe Gulch Trail which took me back to Soda Creek and the back to the house. I ran fairly fast for a 14 mile loop and was super proud of my new PR on a half marathon of 2:53. I’m getting closer to my goal of 2:30 for the Moab Half! Only a few weeks away now!

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Found some snow on the Colorado trail!

 

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Ten Mile Range from Red Trail.