I'd been planning to head out to Aspen this weekend to run the Four Passes Loop with my cousin Dave. Was jazzed, but then the weather forecast started looking crappy in his corner of the world. It's still got a day to turn around, but I'd rather take my chances with a bear than a lightening bolt...
I still have to log some big miles running this weekend though. I've got some options: One would to head out to Fruita to run the 26.1 mile Fruita 25 course on Saturday and do it again on Sunday. This has the advantage of getting me into red rock country again which is always good, but it's a damn long drive for a 2 day weekend and Homey would have to stay with a friend. Earlier today I was pretty pumped about this option, but now I'm not digging it so much.
The other is to stay in Boulder and run some trails around here. It's not like trails are hard to find in this neck of the woods. One big loop I've read about, but not done in its entirety is the "Boulder Skyline Traverse." Depending on where you park it's a 24+ mile loop which bags all 5 summits that make up - surprise - the Boulder skyline. I suppose I'd do this Saturday early and follow it up Sunday with an out and back which starts at Hall Ranch and heads over to Button Rock Reservoir or down to Heil Ranch.
Possibly the biggest advantage of staying close to home is I know almost to the picosecond where the nearest Chipotle is from the finish line of these efforts.
The weather has one more day to fix itself. I'd prefer to head out to Aspen. The Bells are beautiful, but I prefer hot, sweaty and alive to cold, wet and sparkly every day of the week. If the weather doesn't come around, I expect I'll stay in town for my running this weekend.
Oh right, that yawning sound... That's me flaking on my run today. I slept like crap last night. Nightmares, weird noises outside, the cats freaking out. Seemed like I looked at the clock every 15 minutes. Haven't had any energy at all. Going to knock out 3 with the Holmes and call it good.
Thank for reading.