Josh and Joey had to go to Denver today, so I had already decided that Marion and I would definitely go for a run (even though I don't usually go on the weekends), and I was still really wanting to go to the Poudre Trail, so I was like, "Well, maybe we'll do that today!" Josh got up before I did as usual and did a few housework items for me stating, "Now you have no reason not to go." Thanks, babe!
Just an FYI, jogging strollers are very difficult to put into small cars, but after what seemed like forever, I did it, and it should go a lot quicker and smoother next time.
The trailhead closest to us is about two and a half miles, which is why I drove, and I honestly had trouble finding it and nearly gave up. The "park" it's in is very confusing and weird to me.
So let me start with the bad. It was around 85°F when I went out today, and I have no clue what the humidity was, but it felt extra dry. Also, the trail was a lot wider than I expected (which was very nice!), which meant there was no shade. Like, at all. And it's not like there were any clouds. So it was full sun beating down on me the whole time, and that made it pretty miserable, and also caused this horrendous headache I've had since then, I believe, as I customarily get bad headaches if I'm in the sun too long.
Despite this, it was pretty incredible. The beginning of the trail was a little weird as there are fenced in yards with heavy machinery everywhere and dirt piles and the river is, I think, a natural habitat area so it's all grown up. As I approached two miles I came to a very nice area with a lake/reservoir/body of water that had a fantastic view of the Front Range mountains. The mountain views the whole time were so worth the sun.
I set out today without a clear goal. I wanted to do at least three miles, but I had in my head I wanted to try doing four, and I also joined the RunKeeper October 10K challenge just in case I was feeling good and wanted to do six. I also brought two bottles of water (56 ounces).
When I hit one and a half miles I was still feeling really good so I decided to keep going. When I reached two miles I was still feeling great and I considered going another half mile, but Marion still wasn't asleep and was a little whiny, and going farther would have committed me to more than four miles, which I have only done once, so I went ahead and turned back. Marion finally went to sleep in the third mile, and I was thinking, "I should have gone further!" But I only eight ounces of water left at that point, so it was for the best! Next time I guess I need to take even more.
I was actually really proud of myself for keeping that pace! I was certain I was going to lose it in the last mile, but I pushed myself and I kept it under 15:00 min/mi.
I really enjoyed today's run, and will probably start going here every once in a while now, just for a change.