Vacation time!  Yesterday I arrived in Steamboat Springs, CO for a 5 day vacation, and most importantly, to run the Steamboat Springs Half Marathon on Sunday!   I’ve been coming to Steamboat since I was a kid, mostly for family ski trips.   I’ve always had my eye on this race.   Well, really I always had my eye on the marathon,  but I’m just not in marathon shape at the moment.   And I have a feeling the half will be challenging enough for me.

Another reason to come to Steamboat is my parents have a house out here.  Here’s the view from my the back deck of the house – pretty awesome.   It seems funny to me that it’s almost June 1st and the ski mountain is still covered in snow, though I suppose that is not unusual for here.

Steamboat ski mountain

Right now it’s ‘mud season’ and with all the snow melting there’s a lot of flooding going on.    This morning I did a 5 miler along the Yampa River and it was crazy how fast the water was rushing.

Yampa river

I passed the below tunnel that I remember running through last time I was in Steamboat, and this time it was completely flooded.

Flooding in Steamboat

The marathon and half marathon route runs along the Elk River.   We drove it today and it’s not flooded and they say it should be fine, so that’s good.  In other good news (particularly the week of a race) I felt great on my run!  The altitude doesn’t seem to bother me.  This will be my first race at high altitude so I am pretty excited!

It is a requirement for any trip to Steamboat that I make it to Winona’s within the first 24 hours.  This place is the best.  After the run my mom and I had breakfast there – I had the California Huevos.

California huevos from Winonas

Looking forward to Sunday!   I’ll post pictures and a recap shortly after the race.

Anyone ever run a marathon or half marathon in CO?  Which one?

 

5 Responses to Two Days Until the Steamboat Half Marathon!

  1. Amy says:

    GOOD LUCK! When I ran the marathon in 2010, the ski slopes definitely had snow and as I was coming into town and could see them, all I wanted to do was get there (it was 80+ deg by the end of my race). Instead I went right down to the river for a natural ice bath. Perfection! I highly recommend. It is cold but it works.
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    • Gina says:

      Thanks Amy! Great idea to do an ice bath in the river. I really want to go in the hot springs afterward, but acknowledge that is not a great idea :)

  2. jill conyers says:

    How was the race?!?!? Tell me all about it! Such beautiful photos.
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