Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Lungs are on Fire

I've been out here a month, hard to believe. Running on flats is now doable but doing workouts, running uphill, or into the wind causes a severe burning in my lungs as opposed to my legs. The workout tonight really made my lungs scream as I felt like I was running uphill or into the wind the whole time. Luckily the sunsets that occur during workouts serve as a distraction as they are orange, purple, and red making for a great show. What's still a bit annoying is if I go up a flight of steps too fast I am out of breath for at least a minute afterward.

I hope to put something up about the Soulstice race I did 2 weekends ago but first I'll talk about a non running event I did last Sunday. Leaf peeping on Waterline. Waterline is a gravel trail that goes up a mountain for 8 miles and puts you into the inner basin. The path is lined with aspen trees which at this time of the year are changing colors, so very beautiful. Then the inner basin is a kind of meadow in the mountain with amazing views of trees and the peaks. While the scenery was great so was the journey. If you could imagine something like hubs of fury on mountain bikes on a gravel trail you may get an idea. There was a total of 19 of us, and 2 bikes had trailers with coolers to tote up plenty of beer, wine, whiskey, and the picnic that was devoured on top. Every mile or so people stopped to take shots of whiskey and put new beers in their water bottle cages. We even did the equivalent of whiskey water stops for people passing us as we took shots by running next to them and handing the bottle of whiskey off to them for a gulp. At the top an amazing assortment of foods was layed out cheese & crackers, prosciutto, brownie bites, vegetables, apples & caramel, and tons of other things. At the top the first bottle of whiskey was finished, 1 but possibly 2 bottles of wine and tons of beer. Then the fun part going back down 8 miles on a gravel road. All in all a great time and a reminder that drinking and bike riding are a great combo. I'm still trying to get ahold of all the pictures that were taken of this event, once I do I'll be sure to post a few.

Well this weekend I'm back in Baltimore for my cousins wedding, I'm interested to see how I feel running back at sea level. Well this is it for now as I get more settled I hope to post more regularly but for now it'll be when the mood strikes. Hope to see and run with a few of you this weekend.


  1. That sounds like an awesome day. I would love to do something like that. And with whiskey!!

    What's up with the phrase "leaf peeping"? Is that a new term?

    And: is your blog logo something from xkcd.com, or from somewhere else. (It looks like the equivalent of the Care/Claire Bear Stare, but from that hat-wearing internet troll guy.

  2. Leaf Peeping was new for me too but I guess it's common enough out here. When it was first mentioned I was like and that is what exactly? Is it really just going out and looking at trees or does it mean something else?

    The logo is from xkcd it works for now, prob change it at some point but it looked a lot better than the real care bear stare.

  3. Brian goes "peep peeping" if you know what I mean...

    I LOVE the logo, it's great!

    And I'm really glad to hear you're already having fun, sounds like you've met some people and made a few friends - so soon!

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  5. I only go "peep peeping" around Easter, and usually I'm peeping the peeps through a microwave door as they explode.

    I like the logo, too, Claire. It's cooler than mine.

  6. Nice post - pictures of lungs ..Keep Posting

    pictures of lungs