Sunday, July 15, 2012

Aspen 5K

We didn't end up going on any hikes this weekend, but we did venture over to Aspen so I could participate in my first ever 5K race - Komen for the Cure.

I've been wanting to do a 5K for a few months now, but never got around to actually signing up for anything until last week. Now I wasn't sure I was physically ready, and this wasn't really in the area (Aspen being just under 3 hours away), but I haven't been able to find much else out here, especially something that was for a good cause, so I finally just decided, why not?!

I've been working out a little, and can run 5K on a treadmill, but wasn't sure how I'd do outside with different terrain. In the end, though, I was pretty proud of myself. I took it nice and slow so as not to wear myself out, and completed the race without stopping in 34 minutes, 42 seconds.

Here is our post-run shot:

The race was beautiful - it started in a public park in Aspen, went through some neighborhoods (where I oohed and ahhed over the fancy houses), and then went into more of a "trail" setting with pretty trees and scenery. It would definitely be a pretty place to take a walk next time we're there so I can enjoy it more (which by the way, we will be headed back up to the Aspen area in August to go camping at the Maroon Bells).

On Sunday, I didn't do a whole lot, but thought it would be fun to take the dog on a walk and explore a trail/path (paved), that I've seen the start of, but never really knew where it led to. This path went along the Uncompaghre River, and south out of town. I didn't go too much out of town since it started raining, but I definitely think it could be a nice place to ride my bike (if I ever get around to fixing the flat tire).
So overall, a little bit of a simpler weekend, but fun and scenic nevertheless!

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