Saturday, May 14, 2005
Long run today
Today I ran all the way to the Cherry Creek resevoir and back. A 12 mile run! I was out for a little over 2 hours. I learned that next time I want to do that though I will have to bring a water bottle. I was really wanting some around mile 8, and fortunately there was a recreation center just off the path where I was able to stop and use the water fountain. I've been driking quite a bit of water since I came home though just to be on the safe side. It was a beautiful run, there's a wicked hill up to the top of the dam, but on the return journey it offers a wonderful view of the mountains. On the way back I was running along and saw what appeared to be a stick in the path. I thought that's a weird looking stick until I realized it was a fair sized snake. This part of the path is really representative of Colorado's flora and fauna. I felt a little like Lewis and Clark might have as they approached the mountains, running along this beautiful stream bed. It was wonderful. For me that is the longest and farthest I have ever run, so it represents a milestone for me. From that point a half-marthon seems very doable, and a marathon seems like it's not out of reach. Maybe next year, who knows.