So I'm not even remotely surprised that I'd "over document" a run, taking too many pictures when exploring a path that I had driven past a million times but never run. I’m no stranger in a strange land, though it might seem that way since I’m not running along the Lakefront, there are no towering skyscrapers in sight, and my breath is labored from the altitude (or so I’d like to believe). I’m in Vail, Colorado, a spot I’ve been to several times over the years except it’s always to ski and not to run. In fact, my running shoes usually never make it into my suitcase because I know I’ll be skiing and good luck finding a fitness center at your lodging location (they do exist, just not always at places I’ve stayed). But a dwindling snow base and steady spring-like temperatures called me to bring my sneaks this time around, figuring that if I couldn’t ski, at least I could run, as painful as it might be as my body acclimates to the higher elevation.
What I didn’t expect was the Gore Valley Trail directly outside my front door. When you see cyclists and other runners going by as you watch from the living room window, you can’t help but get the urge to see what the trail holds. That and having a food-focused mind that wanted to see what the Taste of Vail lamb cook-off was all about. Running seemed like the easiest way to get there—even if it was three miles away.
Who knew that the familiar could look unfamiliar while documenting the run from West Vail to Vail Village and back? I took close to 100 pictures (no worries, I’ll spare you from the photo flip book) in an effort to show the secrets spots along the trail that I had never noticed, document the turns where I got tripped up, and share the random sights I've seen a million times in Lionshead and Vail Village but never photograph. Sure I took a photo break more often that I probably should have, especially on the way to the Village, but I’ll just say that my lungs and legs needed it.
Have you ever run in Vail, Colo.? What's your favorite mountain spot to run?
Note: A version of this post originally appeared at ffcheer.posterous.com.