Colorado Is For Runners

Wide, flat dirt road with mountain ridges lining the sides of the valley, poofy white coulds under a regal blue sky

Runners heaven just might be Homestake Reservoir Road in Eagle County, CO

 

When I decided to make a training trip to Colorado, I was most excited about its famed mountain biking.  I soon realized it’s also a runners paradise. Sojourning in Avon, CO, I’m just a bike ride away from the perfect trail or dirt road to execute any workout my coach Josiah Middaugh can cook up.

One of my favorite runs was the La Sportiva Vail Hill Climb: a 7.5 mile race ascending 2,500 ft from Vail Village to the top of the Lionshead Gondola. It was a great test event to find my threshold pace at high altitude and to savor the views of the Gore Range. I wanted to take pictures of the view from 10,500 ft on Vail mountain, but couldn’t bear to carry more than my body weight up the climb. Any time you can run or hike up a mountain and relax on a ski lift back down is a blessing.

Vail mountain also offers up plenty of crazy steep single track trail running with switchbacks galore, similar to the Xterra Beaver Creek run course and the higher trails on Beaver Creek Mountain.

For controlled speed work, there are several tracks in Eagle County with stunning views. The closest to Avon is in Eagle Vail. The setting is very conducive to pushing physical limits.

Ready for some honest work at 7,600 ft in Eagle-Vail, CO

Ready for some honest work at 7,600 ft in Eagle-Vail, CO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not surprisingly, it is rather difficult to find a long, flat dirt road in such mountainous terrain. Fortunately, Josiah took me to Homestake Reservoir, perhaps the most scenic and tranquil pace I’ve ever run.

There a postcard worthy view around every corner at Homestake Reservoir Road

There a postcard worthy view around every corner at Homestake Reservoir Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn't dream of a better place to run, I don't even mind the 9,000 ft elevation

I couldn’t dream of a better place to run, I don’t even mind the 9,000 ft elevation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cars a few and far between, piloted by fellow outdoor enthusiasts

Cars a few and far between, piloted by fellow outdoor enthusiasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a few days of crazy steep mountain running, I came to appreciate mild gradients such as this downhill

After a few days of crazy steep mountain running, I came to appreciate mild gradients such as this downhill

A parallel stream enhances any trail run

A parallel stream enhances any trail run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My time is Colorado is quickly coming to an end, but the memories of such life affirming natural places won’t soon fade.

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One Response to Colorado Is For Runners

  1. District Sweats says:

    Just on my way out of Colorado. Loved my time on the Beaver Creek and Vail trails!

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