Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Manitou Incline

The Manitou Springs Incline, also known as the Manitou Incline or simply "the Incline," (dun dun duuuuun) is a popular hiking trail rising above Manitou Springs, near Colorado Springs. The Incline is famous for its sweeping views and steep grade, making it a fitness challenge for anyone even in the best of shape.  To put it into perspective, the incline gains over 2,000 feet of elevation in less than one mile. 

After a night out, and a few to many CLS, I still thought this hike would be relatively easy for me. I was SO wrong. I struggled the entire way up, which I am going to blame on the heat and booze, not my physical activity level. Hopefully. Both Jenny and I swore we would do it again! 

No idea what we are getting ourselves into..

One hour of struggle later, we made it to the top! 

And then you have to hike 4 miles using the switchbacks down. Ugh! I would love to do this again with more sleep, and less drinks, the night before. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Little Man Ice Cream

The weather has been in-sane lately. Like, "where the hell did I move?" insane. Tornado warnings, lightening storms, and the wettest May on record. Well, awesome. I keep hear this never happens here! but of course it would when I moved. Oh well! Hopefully this means we have a perfect summer ahead. 

On a rare sunny day, Jenny and I headed to my favorite neighborhood, LoHi, to the try the supposed best ice cream in town. Now, this is a bold statement as I have loved Nuggs and Sweet Cow  a whole lot. But the line at Little Man is always crazy long, rain or shine, so they must be doing something right. 

With delectable flavors like sea salt Oreo, french toast, and sprinkled birthday cake, Little Man stole my heart.  The ice cream was really flavorful, and the cone was crunchy and light. It is dangerous that this is so close to me, as I think I will be spending a lot of time here over the summer. I love new neighborhood treats! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Running at Altitude - The Colfax Half Marathon

I haven't enjoyed running here the way I do in California. Maybe it is the ideal weather there, running next to the ocean, or just the fact that I am running at sea level. Running in Denver makes me feel like I want to die (although, that might be the copious amount of Colorado beer I have been enjoying since I arrived in January). Either way, I signed up for the Colfax Half Marathon before I had ever set a running foot in Colorado. 

Big Mistake. 

I've always had a love/hate relationship with running, but running here sucks. So I barely trained, and was hoping for a rainy day (we have had a lot of those lately) so I could blame my bad time and walking on bad conditions. No such luck, as the morning turned out to be perfect for running. Cool and sunny. 

Long story short,  I actually had a fantastic race. I kept up with my normal 10-minute-mile pace, and finished around 2:10.  Which is what I normally do! I also had the best cheering squad ever, with Jenny and Izzy at Mile 4, and Todd and Rusty at the very end. I have never had people cheer my on in a race before, and it felt damn good to see them.  Now I am all jazzed to do more races here. I felt invincible! Now let's see if I actually sign up for another... 
This was Jeremy's first race! 
We ran through the Denver Zoo! 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Denver Derby

Yesterday, in celebration of the Kentucky Derby, my friend Lisa and I attended the big Derby party in downtown Denver. It was amazing right from the get go, from the pre-party at a swanky apartment, to the unlimited VIP drinks that never stopped flowing.  The weather was a little blustery, to say the least, but we still had a blast. I can't wait to do it next year! 
Over 5,000 people attend the event! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Within an Hour

They did not predict snow today, and within an hour we were in a winter wonderland. 

Sunday is going to be 85 degrees. Go figure. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Morning at Red Rocks

After an indulgent weekend (why did no one warn me that St Patrick's weekend in Denver is insane?!) I felt like I needed to spend some quality time outside today. Thankfully, we hit a record high of 82 degrees, so it was the perfect excuse to head out to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre for some serious Colorado hiking. 

The sky was so vividly blue, and my heart was so incredibly happy. Colorado, you have stolen my heart yet again.