Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Latest Denver Addiction: High Line Canal Trail

In early April fellow Denver Oiselle runner Lindsay introduced me to the High Line Canal Trail. I'm not sure how I've missed out on this gem for so long, but I'm glad I'm in on it now. The 71 mile urban trail winds its way from the Roxborough State Park south west of Denver to Aurora in the north east. 

Since that first run, I've been back twice more: once with Woody for a seven mile run, and also on my Birthday this past Thursday for a 5-mile walk/jog. In retrospect I shouldn't have gone out on Thursday being that I'm sick and all, but I was determined and stubborn, and so I went anyway. I had planned to start my birthday with an 8-mile run, so at least I adjusted when I got sick and pulled back a little (although I highly doubt I did myself any good by going out at all).

While I've only experienced one small section thus far, it is a beautiful one for sure and a nice reprieve from my regular scenery. Starting just south of E Hampden off Colorado Blvd (there are some parallel parking spots for trail users just outside a church parking lot) and just a little further south on Colorado Blvd where there are some spots along the side of the road at Three Pond Park. 

The wide trail - a mix of paved and natural surface - is open to runners, walkers, bikers, dogs (on-leash), and horses. Its owned by Denver Water, but maintained by the municipalities it runs through, so regulations can vary in local areas. Since the trail goes through some parks, there are some facilities along the way but it's best to bring along your own water.

Here's one map for reference, although it's not perfect as it doesn't trace the trail all the way to Roxborough State Park. Still, a good reference. I'm hoping we spend a lot of time on this trail and explore many other sections. Until then, here are some photos I captured to share the gorgeousness with you. How could someone not love this?






How good are you at cutting back on running or exercise when you get sick? * What was the best part of your weekend? * Who's up for joining me on the High Line Canal Trail?

Monday, April 27, 2015

MIssing Workouts {Giveaway Winners}

The past few days have been a bit of a fog. Saturday I woke up congested, which is pretty much the norm but as soon as we started our 7 mile run on the High Line Canal Trail my throat began to hurt. Not a good sign.

After the run, I was more tired than usual and when we hit up a neighborhood coffee shop with an amazing tofu scramble, the coffee tasted strange. Again, not a good sign.

But not to waste the day we checked out three Denver landmarks participating in Doors Open Denver, a weekend-long event when people can get a behind-the-scenes look at buildings and houses throughout the city that are usually not open to the public. 
Byron White Courthouse
By the time we got home, I was done. Exhausted. The rest of my weekend was awash. Thankfully it rained all day Sunday so I didn't miss out on a beautiful day, but I have missed two workouts. Be it injury or illness, sometimes you just have to know when to take it easy and give yourself a chance to get better. 

On a happier note, the winners of the sock giveaway are ChristyRuns and Sadie B.! Send me an email at lmhansen @ hotmail.com with your address and I'll get them out to you!

What does it take to make you miss workouts? * Do you run in the rain or take your workout inside?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

7 Socks That'll Keep You Running (+ A Giveaway!)

As thousands of runners have their sights set on Boston, I am thinking about socks.

Have you ever been on a run, or a few minutes into a workout, only to feel your sock slipping under your heel or bunching under your toes and your workout takes a toll? Well I've been there.

So I recently set out on a quest to find some great running socks that won't get in our way as we push towards reaching our goals. A few awesome brands - Asics, Balega, Bombas, Brooks, Feetures! - pitched in to help me out.



I was somewhat surprised to find that I liked all of these styles, but for different reasons. Some are super-thin, ultra light weight perfect for a hot day, some are in between and others provided a good bit of cushioning and were better for those chilly Spring runs.

Because of this, I decided the best way to break it down for you is based on the amount of cushioning. After all, the shoes we're wearing and the weather have a lot to do with the socks we choose.

You Might Forget You're Wearing These Socks
3. Balega: Weightless Hidden Dry "Weightless' is no joke. These guys are thin, light, and silky
6. Asics: Quick Lyte Single Tab come in packs of three and will not weigh you down!

Mid-Weight All-Purpose Socks
1. Balega: Second Skin Fit: Ultralight While still very thin, these are a bit more substantial than the Weightless Hidden Dry, and are soft and supportive (so far, these are my favorite)

2. Feetures!: High Performance | Ultra Light | No Show Tab Supportive and snug feel in the right places
5. Brooks: Infiniti Double Tab Mesh Left and right foot specific design that rises above the shoe a bit, but not too high
7. Asics: Mix Up Your Run Low Cut Slight bit more padding but hugs the foot for a supportive feel. These peek a bit higher above the shoe than most the others

Cushioned 
4. Bombas: Ankle In my opinion the cushioned support of these socks are great for cool weather runs. Bonus: one pair purchased = one pair donated

Good news for you... Asics sent me extras so I'm sharing the love! Happy feet make a happy runner, am I right?


Two people will win all of these socks. I'm giving you four options to enter the giveaway but you have to leave a separate comment for each to count - and enter by 11:30pm MT, Saturday, April 26

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4. Brag a little: What recent running or fitness related accomplishment are you most proud of? 
5. Sound off: What races do you have on your schedule?