Today we can see the weather for the first day of our trip. Amazing! I am sure it is not accurate, out 10 days and all, but the weather in Salida, CO is supposed to be 72 degrees and sunny. That doesn't sound perfect, huh? I have been training for how to relax and enjoy my company. This past weekend we had several appearances from friends that assisted my training. The infamous Autumn swung through Boulder for the Bolder Bolder 10K running race. Katie's bro, Brad, stayed with us. We decided he can only visit once a year because it is so much fun. Ms. Nikki Uhre also decided to drop in on Sunday for a visit. At the race on Monday she held a sign that reads: Don't poop your pants Brad, Katie, Krista. It's a long story. My favorite breakfast joint is now the Southside cafe. We ate there twice in 3 days. They have the perfect combination of choices for anyone really. The joy brought by this last weekend is seriously going to help me make it until next Saturday. It is already Thursday!!!
Last night, I decided to go for a jog. I threw on some non-smelly clothes and headed out the door around 7:30pm. I was hoping to feel like an antelope, but I felt more like a wounded sloth. My breathing was labored and my feet felt heavy. Instead of cruising the neighborhood, I chose the trails across the street. I figure if I'm going to feel this bad, I might as well enjoy the scenery that has been exploding with color with all the past rain. After crossing the creek, I felt better and the thought popped into my head, "What if I never get to do this run again?" Now, I like this thought and hate it at the same time because it usually ends up as a challenge. For example, there are many trails in this area that can be run with moderate effort, but there are some that I consider to be epic. If I am concerned that I will never get to run on these trails again, I will tell myself that before I leave, I need to do XY or Z before I leave. Last night, when "What if I never get to do this run again?" popped into my head, I was thinking of one of my epic loops. My next thought was, "Well, before I leave, I will do it. . . " only to realize that my days here are numbered. Of course the challenge is not just the route. The challenge also includes not walking at all. Instead of planning to do it someday before I leave, to do it now. It only took about an hour or so, but it is no run for beginners. The most amazing part was how I felt. It wasn't painful or slow like how it began. My breathing stabilized and my legs felt strong. My heart felt so much happiness! I saw deer and the most beautiful red fox! I got home exhausted but happy and I want to do it again. and again. and again.