When I think about some of the coolest things I have ever done, a few things come to mind (in no particular order)…
Biking through Arches National Park near Moab, UT.
Hiking to active lava flow in Volcano National Park, Hawaii.
Running the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, CA.
And biking to the Maroon Bells in Aspen, CO.
Just this past weekend, I added running the Aspen Golden Leaf Half Marathon to the list.
For breakfast, I fueled up with my go-to power breakfast consisting of 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup almond milk, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, a dash of sea salt, 1 banana, 1 Tbsp raspberry jam, and 1.5 Tbsp peanut butter.
We lucked out with a beautiful morning full of sunshine with a little chill, making it perfect running weather.
The start of the race was straight up the side of Snowmass mountain.
To keep me going, I packed 4 gluten-free breakfast cookies; I only ended up having 3.
These shoes were made for running.
The first 1.6 miles were straight up. It was more efficient to power hike at this point.
We crossed multiple streams, but forgot to keep count.
We traversed multiple ski runs. Some that harbored bees that sting.
But after 13.1 miles on single track trail with over 900′ of elevation gain and 1,700′ of elevation loss, we survived with just a little mud. We started together, stayed together, and finished together.
The course was challenging to say the least. It was almost like we were in a video game winding through the aspen glades, doing fancy footwork to get over roots and rocks, and prancing through streams. We were even giving each other points for successfully saving ourselves from tripping on obstacles. I won with over 50,000 points for almost falling on my face.
Later in the day we recovered like the pros with Normatec Compression and gluten-full beer (more on that coming soon).
After that and a two hour nap, we went out to celebrate. I am lucky to have some amazing girlfriends to do these things with.
What is one of the coolest things you have ever done?