Life Is Good: A Snowy Colorado Run

Today is one of those postcard Colorado days.  A skiff of snow last night was just enough to dust all of the bare trees with a sparkle and cap the nearby peaks with stunning white.  These sights, along with the typical Colorado sunshine drew me from my snug, warm couch and steaming cup of coffee into the 9 degrees that awaited me outdoors.  Yeah, you read that right.  Nine degrees.  Not twenty-nine, not nineteen...  Nine degrees. 

Let me tell you, I am a big baby when it comes to cold.  Don't believe me, ask my husband, to whom I said "Eff it, lets go home" on Sunday when I awoke and our vacation cottage was 61 degrees.  "Seriously?" he said.  This was an adult-only getaway I'd been planning for months.  Yeah, I'm a big baby.  With the right gear, though, running outdoors in the winter is far superior to the alternative: the dreaded treadmill.  (More info on how I gear up for winter running in the next post.) 

I'm always amazed how many sights I see on my runs that I totally missed out on in my pre-running days when nine degree weather meant hibernating indoors.  Here are some of the things I would have missed out on this morning, had I stayed home:


A few birds that chose not to fly South for the winter.  Not sure what kind... 
Ya know, with all this running I do, I really should become a better birdwatcher.

Bunny tracks!


Longs Peak


Another shot of Longs Peak with Boedecker Lake in the foreground.

Boedecker Lake


Country road up toward a stunning rock formation we locals call The Devil's Backbone.
I don't nornally run up this road, but it looked so pretty this morning, I couldn't resist.

The Devil's Backbone
Yes, life is good. 




Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a beautiful run! We haven't had any snow here yet.

Tortoise said...

Oh, wow! I guess I forget that when I lived in Pennsylvania, we didn't really get any snow until January, usually. Sometimes, here in Colorado, we will get a late September snow - always followed by Indian Summer, fortunately!

David Haas said...

I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?

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