Boulder Backroads is a marathon that’s long been on my “to do” list, so I was looking forward to today’s run with great anticipation. I’ve been told it’s a very scenic course, and after experiencing Boulder Backroads firsthand, I couldn’t agree more. With the snow-covered Rockies off in the distance, the beauty and grandeur of the setting was spectacular.
Other than arriving a few minutes late to the start, the run itself went smoothly. Certainly the altitude was a factor, but the dry air helped clear out my sinuses. The support along the way was terrific, so I was able to drink frequently and remain hydrated. I ran with some super cool people, two of whom are driving to Wyoming tomorrow to run with me (and a third overheard our conversation and is also driving up to join us tomorrow!).
The biggest bummer with this particular marathon is that I couldn’t stick around longer at the finish. I really wanted to hang out and chat with people, but we needed to get back on the road for the drive to Casper. This definitely won’t be my last Boulder Backroads, so hopefully next time I’ll get to hang around longer.
A final note, thanks to you all for the well-wishes you’ve been sending my way. Many of you have asked about my cold. Unfortunately it’s still raging, but I’m trying not to let it set me back. Luckily I’m not a very fast runner, so that’ll help keep it from spreading to my chest. Yes, going slow has its advantages :-)
Best to you all from Interstate 25 heading north.