Sea Level Is For Sissies (Running In Boulder Colorado)

I think Boulder, Colorado is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve been to. I just love those mountains! I also love running in Boulder, and deliberately stay at a hotel that is close to the Boulder Creek Path.

When I went to Boulder last week to visit my daughter, I packed my cold weather running gear since I knew I’d have time for a run before she was ready to face the day.


This has been my go-to outfit this winter, for temps in the upper 20’s to upper 30’s.
I should have checked the weather before I got to the elevator because it was crazy warm!


I ended up taking my gloves off mid-run, but otherwise I wasn’t too warm.
I seriously doubt that it was really 50F (or even in the mid-40s) where I was.

I ran along the Boulder Creek Path and then trekked 1 mile up Boulder Canyon.
I guess I was heading west, but I turned around to take this picture of the sunrise.

Boulder Creek Sunrise

As I ran, I  soaked in the beauty of the sunrise reflecting off the mountains.


By the time I reached my turn-around point, it was full daylight.

Boulder Canyon

It was literally all downhill from there!


(Elevation profile from GarminConnect)

Garmin data:
Total Distance: 1.37 mi
Total Time: 1:00:06 (what a coincidence!)
Avg. Pace: 9:26 min/mi (10:17 for that mile up Boulder Canyon)

I got this t-shirt at the Boulder Running Company, and felt like I really earned it!

Sea Level Is For Sissies

My lungs were burning during my run, and I had to remind myself that I am susceptible to exercise-induced asthma and so I should be careful. I was coughing for a few hours after my run, but don’t think I did any lasting damage.

Is there a special place where you really love to run?

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8 Responses to Sea Level Is For Sissies (Running In Boulder Colorado)

  1. Kat says:

    Great blog with great pictures. And I love the blog name.got2run4me. Very clever

  2. Linz says:

    i love running out of town – what a great way to see a new place! 🙂 🙂

  3. misszippy1 says:

    Boulder really is nirvana for runners! I would love to live there. For me, any where out west is really my favorite place to run. I love the mountains and trail running in that beauty. Too bad I live on the E. Coast! ; )

  4. David H. says:

    Looks like a great place to run. Would love to visit.

    And there's a reason elites train in high altitude — it makes them perform far better at or near sea level.

  5. Yum Yucky says:

    you look so snazzy in your running gear.

  6. Carrie says:

    Seriously – 50* is not warm. Crazy woman 🙂

    Gorgeous scenery! Great run. Love the shirt!

  7. Aw! brings back memories! I went to college at CU! Lived in CO for five years and haven't been back since Dec. 2010!! Thanks for the pictures! 🙂

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