Saturday, June 8, 2013
As summer nears and prominent peaks start to call, I will venture to the higher ground. The oxygen-deprived alpine regions await my arrival as I try to fool my lungs into thinking physical exertion above 13,000 feet is actually commonplace. The final step as I prepare for my toughest physical challenge (for the 2nd time) in just 5 weeks. I am so lucky to live near the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, where I can find myself in some of the most picturesque settings amidst the tundra, wildflowers, and dramatic mountaintops with only a short drive in the car and quick run to the timberline. However, I take pride in knowing that the real work has been done right in my backyard. I pause for at least a brief moment every time I find myself atop Horsetooth Rock and I look down on the wonderful trails which I am so thankful for getting to run on nearly every day. I paused a little longer on my last summit. Number 100 for the year. This is home.