Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sunday Bear Creek Run

More fancy ducks, this time along Bear Creek. They exhibited evasive behavior regarding the paparazzi (me); they just don't like to have their picture taken.

I took the Stone House trail with its three creek crossings. Due to lack of melt and cold temps, levels were low or the creek was frozen, and people were even biking across it in some spots. This was an easy stone hop:

Downtown Denver from on top of the dam, the only real climb of the run:

Although the ambient temperature was 45 degrees max, it was warm in the sun. This is from the southwest side of a building at Soda Lake:

Looking north towards "Green" Mountain, which is only green for two weeks in June:

This looks to me like a religious image of some kind, vaguely reminiscent of a burning bush or a revelation of divine truth via humble prairie plant. I included it because it looks cool and because Colorado is apparently known for burning weed:

Trail goes through the branches in the middle:

Distance was 15.64 miles, time 3:39 (moving 2:49), elevation gain/loss 729 feet, avg. pace 14:02 (moving 10:49), and best pace 6:43.

I don't think I ever ran more than 1/2 mile without stopping, but it that's the way I like it, and it was a beautiful day. Great to be out.

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