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Running Like a Goat

August 16, 2012

Hey everyone! Another post from my phone… Haha so fun. Hope you all are having a great week! As you read this I’m probably hiking up Pike’s Peak! Send me some prayers! Hopefully my amazing singing skills will scare away any mountain lions… Although I’ll probably just scare people.

Something I forgot to show you all was the instagram photo I made of the windmills! There are huge wind farms in Kansas and Colorado and I think they are not only a great source of alternative energy but they are so pretty!

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So yesterday I had a 4 mile run on the agenda and I thought it would be fun to do it through the Garden of the Gods! Little did I know many of the running trails turned into hiking trails…

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Although it was rough I actually had a blast! I LOVE trail running! Haha I totally felt like a deer or a mountain goat bounding around!

There was one point where I went up a switchback and ended up at a gorgeous overlook:

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I had the best time!

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After the run my mom and i got breakfast then we just relaxed and hung out for a while. My friend who lives in Denver came down for the afternoon and we ended up driving around some of the neighborhoods that were affected by the fire.

I knew the fires got a mile from our house but it was so shocking to drive through these neighborhoods so close to us. It was also amazing to see how the fire affected the neighborhood; some houses looked perfectly fine while others right next to it were burnt to the ground.

It made me so thankful for how lucky my family has been but at the same time south more aware of the devastation that others have had to deal with.

After that we walked around Colorado Ave, got dinner at the Tapateria and then some froyo before she headed back to Denver and I got ready for my big hike this morning!

have you ever gone trail running?

have you ever been affected by a natural disaster?

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2012 5:21 am

    that trail looks super intense! i can’t wait to hear about your hike up pike’s peak! sounds like an awesome way to spend your break before school!

  2. Heather permalink
    August 16, 2012 5:57 am

    Trail running is my favorite way to get my miles in. I live near Atlanta, GA- we have a Managed Wildlife Area near our house that has a 6 mile trail for horses, hikers, and bike riders. It’s an awesome place to relieve some stress.

  3. August 16, 2012 6:07 am

    Cool pics! Looks like fun!

  4. August 16, 2012 6:48 am

    I have gone trail running but now on a trail that looked like that. I’ve only had the chance to do it a few times but it is amazing. The time just flies by because you are never bored!

    Personally, I have been lucky enough to never be affected by a natural disaster. My brother was actually in Japan during that huge earthquake. He was close enough to feel it but didn’t have extensive damage.

    We had that tiny earthquake here in DC a year ago but I don’t think that counts:-)

  5. August 16, 2012 8:18 am

    I am not a runner, but I DO love “trail hiking!” I would much rather hike outside than walk a couple miles on a treadmill:) Those pictures of the trail are gorgeous; I would love to hike in Colorado some day…I have never been MAJORLY affected by a natural disaster, though my family did experience Hurricane Isabel when we lived in Virginia in 2003. Luckily, none of us got injured, though we did lose power for a week or so. And, of course, we have experienced the typical tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms, but nothing too terrible. I can only imagine how awful it must have been to experience those wildfires in Colorado…

  6. August 16, 2012 8:55 am

    Love trail running! The change of scenary is so pleasant!

  7. August 16, 2012 9:28 am

    Looks like you’re having a great time! Exercising outside > gym. Big time.

  8. August 16, 2012 9:46 am

    Fortunately, I’ve never been affected by a natural disaster. On Tuesday, I was in Goderich, a town near me that was devastated by a tornado last year – it’s crazy to see how much damage nature can cause. They’re going to be rebuilding for a long time.

  9. August 16, 2012 9:49 am

    I didn’t see any of the neighborhoods affected by the fires when I was in CO last month, but the pictures looked awful 😦

    On a different note, I am glad you are having a good time so far! I love seeing those windmills on the way through KS.

  10. August 16, 2012 11:04 am

    Hope you’re having a wonderful hike! Your run yesterday looks so beautiful!

    I’ve been fortunate enough to never be seriously affected by a natural disaster. We had our share of pretty crazy thunderstorms and occasional tornadoes at home, but no major damage ever happened to where I was when the storm went through. The camp where I worked, though, was hit by a very strong thunderstorm about 11 years ago now, and they lost 1,000 mature trees to the storm. There are two large open areas at camp now that didn’t exist before that thunderstorm.

  11. August 16, 2012 12:01 pm

    I LOVE garden of the gods<–how cool you got to run there?!

    Have fun on your hike today. You rock 🙂

  12. August 16, 2012 8:08 pm

    That trail looks beautiful! & Awesome pic of the windmills.
    I’ve been really close to summer forest fires, the smoke is horrible.

  13. August 16, 2012 8:18 pm

    I’ve never gone trail running, but i’ve always wanted too. Glad you had an awesome 4 miles girl.

  14. Anna Lynn permalink
    August 17, 2012 12:07 am

    That run looks CRAZY! But fun too!

    I’m a Florida baby so I’ve seen my fair share of damage from hurricanes. In 2005 & 2006 we had a huge wave of them hit. Hurricane Charlie hit about 30 miles north of my house and although we didn’t have any major damage, SO many people lost their homes. Natural disasters are the worst.

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