Friday, August 31, 2018

My Time in Denver





 If you have been following me on IG you know that I have spent a lot of time in Denver this week. If you aren't, let's follow each other @lacers02.

I signed up for the Virginia Beach half marathon pretty much at the last minute, so I figured I must get some decent long runs in. Because I've been working so much, I pretty much had to take advantage of running where I was for a few days, so Denver it was!

The morning after arriving in Denver I woke up much earlier than I had hoped to and got ready for a run.  I realized I had forgotten to pack running socks! I went down to the front desk to ask where I could go get a pair and the lady said the Wal-Mart was about a mile and half away and  she tried to give me directions. After walking about two miles in the opposite direction in my flip flops, I had called my co-worker who was already on her way and told her that I couldn't find the Wal-mart!. Since she was already there, I asked her to pick me up a pair of cheap socks and so she did.



I finally set out and ran 7 miles. I didn't feel like the altitude affected my run at all. I will say that the temperature was much cooler here than it has been. I was surprised by this because I heard that the east coast was in a heatwave!


The following day the temps were back in the 80's but I still managed to run 8 miles and found a great running path.



I even got a 13 mile run in this week too!

Another reason I've been trying to get longer runs in this week is because it's been helping me sleep. I've been working some of the red-eye flights, so I've been taking naps in the evenings after my runs.  After a nap (and lots of coffee) I'm ready to go by night time!   I've been trying to avoid these red eyes for a while now but after doing them, it's not so bad.  The hardest part is just trying to keep yourself awake when all the passengers are sleeping and there is less work to do. 


This week I had do some red eyes. I have been trying to avoid these but after doing them, it is not too bad. The hardest part is just trying to keep yourself up when all the passengers are sleeping so there is less work to do.   -L



Do you feel a difference running at higher altitude?

What are your thoughts on taking a red eye?




20 comments:

  1. We travel to Colorado a lot, and while I am okay with hiking, it does take me some time to acclimate to running at altitude. Usually I feel fine by the time it's time to go home! Which is all the more reason I should just move there.... :) We freaking love Colorado. Were you able to do any hiking or anything?

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    1. Not during this trip. Hopefully one of these weeks.

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  2. As a nurse, I worked my share of night shifts and it was always tough for me! I'm such a morning person. I give you a lot of credit for taking on this new adventure!

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    1. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. But I wouldn't want to do it every week that's for sure.

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  3. My oldest son and his wife live in Steamboat Springs, CO, so we fly into Denver a lot. The altitude in Denver doesn't bother me too much, but when we get to Steamboat, whew! We just took a red-eye home from Washington state to the east coast, then babysat our 2 grandchildren the whole day. I was definitely running on fumes. I have a hard time sleeping on the plane.

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  4. I HATE red eyes! I have a lot of trouble sleeping on planes, typically.

    Altitude does definitely effect me! But then you're also at altitude (sort of) when you fly. :)

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  5. I dont think I've ever run at high altitude. I would expect it to be tough! I don't like taking red eye flights- I feel like they throw off my sleep schedule so much! But it must be even harder to work on those flights since you cant sleep.

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  6. I do OK running in Boulder but I feel it with the hills! how great to find a good running path near where you were staying. Glad your co-worker could help you with the socks!

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  7. A very good friend of mine worked on an airline for many years including while we were studying and I was always so amazed how much she was able to balance and get done. She put the rest of us to shame sometimes! Well done on getting those solid runs in!

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  8. I have never run at high altitudes. It sounds challenging. Great job on getting in those runs

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  9. I had a really hard time running out in Boulder and in Aspen which is killer altitude. Denver is a little better. Passed through that airport last night myself!

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  10. If you felt good up here, then you should have a great time at Virginia Beach! I loved feeling so strong when I ran during my cruise. The only red-eye I've taken had a movie during the flight, and the TV came down right in front of me. Who decides a movie is needed on a red-eye? Everyone around me was snoring.

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  11. I ran in Santa Fe, NM, which is even higher in altitude than Denver - it kicked my butt. Super impressed at how well you ran in Denver, and I love those painted signs on that running trail!

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  12. I don't have trouble in Denver but I almost died when I tried to run in Aspen. LOL! When is the race?

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  13. I've never been to Colorado but would love to visit one day, and possible run a race in Denver!

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  14. I've never tried running at altitude, but have definitely felt challenged when skiing in CO and Utah. Since I struggle sleeping on planes, taking a red-eye is tough for me.

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  15. I don't think I could function working a red-eye. I can't even function after being a passenger on a red-eye!

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  16. Lots of good running this week for you! I've never run at altitude, so I'd be curious if it would affect me or not...

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