Distance: 5 Miles Feeling: High
City Rating: 4.25/5
I have a sum total of zero experience with high altitude running. 6,200 ft. It may be nothing in the real world of high altitude running, but coming from 600 ft a week ago by the Gulf of Mexico, it hit us like a brick wall! With that said, I loved it. It was a very cool morning with a thunderstorm brewing and Neem decided (I may have pulled her out of the bed) to join me. The destination was Monument Valley Park, stretching about 2 miles from downtown Colorado Springs northwards providing a good 5 mile loop (well maybe 4.5 as I did a lot of wandering). It’s almost 100% uninterrupted trail, note no sidewalks or holes, with one quiet road to cross towards the southern part. For all the extreme trail lovers, I was a chicken and picked the recommended flat trail. We had a hike planned a few hours later and I knew I’d suffer.. I did regardless! I loved this run and think it’s been the best on the trip thus far. The ease of navigation and the Oh-My-God amazing views of the Pikes Peak, it’s surrounding mountains and the Garden of the Gods. While I huffed and puffed around the park, this will leave a long lasting memory.
Here are some pics: