My friend Cat over at My Heart's Content had a great idea to highlight the best places to run in your area. So this is running 101: El Paso Edition.
Places to Run: The Canals
There is a long line of irrigation canals that run through the the west side of town towards the New Mexico border. You can do varying lengths of runs out there including long runs on a dirt surface. The canals also hook up with the Rio Grande river so you can run along that as well....sometimes there is even water. The easiest way to access the canals is to park at State Line Barbecue Restaurant cross Sunland Park on foot and head towards the New Mexico border on the sidewalk until you meet up with the canals or the river on the right hand side. Hit up 150 Sunset for brunch after. Mount Cristo Rey
Or as I refer to it, the Big Jesus. This statue can be seen from afar throughout the city. Located right across the border in Sunland Park New Mexico, this is a dirt trail up to the top and quite a climb. While there …
So what the heck has me training like I have never trained before?
What has pulled me out of blog retirement?
And just how crazy is the idea?
I would say medium high to extremely high on the crazy scale.
The factor for this statement, "this seemed like a good idea back in....." to be repeated numerous times is very high.
Okay. Okay. Jeeez
Next summer I want to run The Colorado Trail.
Not for a record.
Not for a medal and a 'free' t-shirt.
For no other reason than to just see if I can.
Maybe I will custom print a t-shirt and/or a medal......
And the best part is I have all fingers and toes crossed that my friend who is just as crazy (in the best way possible) will do it with me.
That is the best part- when your crazy finds a similar crazy and you can be crazy together!
Oh the planning! The logistics! The size this spreadsheet is gonna be when I am done!! Nerd alert.
Now for those of you not familiar and thinking who cares, some important deets.
The Colorado Trial …
Taking pretty much an entire year off of running and then wanting to come back an do something epic in the next year is going to take some doing. To make things easier I have joined the YMCA which is conveniently located next door to where I work making lunchtime and evening working out possible. There is also a Y a five minute drive from our house making weekend and early morning and any other time workout easy as well. I think making it as easy as possible to do something ups me actually doing it by a factor of 100. The other nice thing about the Y is they offer a gazillion classes. Everything from spin to barre to boot camp, three of my favorite cross training classes at the moment.
In my time off from running I got a bit lazy which resulted in a loss of not only cardio fitness but also strength so I am working on getting both of those back slowly but surely.
A typical week of training looks a little like:
Monday- AM swim laps, lunch time lift weights, evening boot camp class