Today I did my first run at altitude (aside from the one four miler I did back in May when I was visiting to get my apartment set up). I’ve been in Boulder for a week now, so I figured I would have acclimated at least a bit.
It felt great!
I took the dogs out with me and the three of us did a nice fun 2.25 mile run on the bike path. I didn’t wear a watch, or a garmin. We just ran and enjoyed it. We ran on some dirt trail for a bit (I tripped a lot), the dogs got taunted by some gophers, and went in the creek a couple times, and we had a great time. They did better than I expected too! But they were definitely wiped out by the time we got home. They’ve done nothing but sleep since we walked in the door.
I felt really good on this little run. My legs felt fresh (rested!), and I could breathe just fine. I wanted to run more (I originally typed that as “I wanted to fun more” – I think my subconscious is trying to tell me something!), but the dogs couldn’t handle that – not only because of the altitude, but it’s also hot and dry. So we just stuck with a short one today.
I’ve got some longer runs mapped out that I want to try. Perhaps I can do one tomorrow?
I can see why everyone loves Boulder so much. I miss NY and everybody at home, but I’ve only been here a week and I’m already in love.