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…new tracks and Aussie wildlife

I’ve officially been living Down Under for about a MONTH now.

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Where did the time go? Well, from settling in, to a couple of weekend trips, learning to navigate public transportation, walk on the left side of the sidewalk and store aisles, order a Long Black or a Flat White, switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius, and other foreign measurements, try to understand all the tricky Aussie slang, this-that-and-the-other, here we are!

As I’ve casually mentioned before, it’s winter. But not Colorado winter. No snow. No sub-0 degree mornings (back on the Fahrenheit scale here). Just 40’s and 50’s with some wind and some rain. Mostly tolerable, especially since we are now on the upswing to Spring. September 1. Or is it 1 September? Regardless, no Solsticing here. And I’m counting the days to Spring.

I am happy to say that running has been feeling much better. After several runs with aches, pains, and just generally feeling not awesome, I think I can finally say I’ve worked out some of those kinks. I like when running feels more fluid. Still not up for any intense training, but at least each run is back to a relative comfort level.

Exploring local running “tracks” has been the most exciting! Last week, I ran a trail less than 2 miles from my house, and came across some wildlife that I realized I was completely inept in regards to my defense tactics: Kangaroos. Now, I should know exactly what to do when I come across bear, coyote, elk, deer, moose, mountain lion, etc. Running ANY trail in Colorado could put you face-to-face with one of these creatures, and you better know what to do! So, when I came across an entire mob of kangaroo, some a mere handful of yards away, some right on the running track, just staring at me, I was at a complete loss.

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Do I find two sticks, clap them together, and make a lot of noise? Do I make myself as big as I can? Do I climb a eucalyptus tree? Do I back away slowly, silently? Do I play dead? Do I crouch under a group of trees, up on my toes, and make like a ball? No…that’s for lightening storms.

So, I did what anyone would do. I took out my phone and started taking heaps of pictures. All the while exclaiming under my breath, “No way,” “Unbelievable,” “Ohmygosh,” and the like.

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I spotted a local walking on the trail coming toward me, so I thought I’d take a cue from him as I continued to take pictures. They clearly didn’t faze him at all, as he continued to walk, seemingly without notice of so many, so close.

I eagerly admitted my ignorance by asking right away, “Will they attack?” Hoping my American accent would justify my stupid question.

As if reading my mind, the first thing he asked was, “Where are you from?” Satisfied with my answer (“The States”) he said, they won’t attack unless they are cornered; which clearly they weren’t in that position on the top of Red Hill. They will typically just retreat as you approach. Shy creatures.

I moved on, discovering more as I ran. These looked ridiculously fake. As if they had been stuffed and placed on the track.

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While probably not a big deal to Aussies, as they see kangaroo frequently, my mind is completely blown!

XO,

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…Oiselle Photo Shoot Sneak Peek

I am so excited to be a part of something Oiselle has up its sleeve! The Colorado chapter was asked to do a photo shoot for a little project they are working on. Of course I recruited my usual photographer, Nick, to take some shots while we were in Aspen and Crested Butte a couple of weekends ago. He took so many great ones (which is funny to me since I loathe pictures of myself) that I had a hard time narrowing it down! I sent my best off to Oiselle, but here a just a few for you…

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We also saw 3 moose hanging out together!

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Then we saw them a little closer. They came up by the road, we did not go down to them! Moose rules…
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It was the perfect weekend to be up in the mountains to see the changing colors with a gorgeous white-peaked backdrop.

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XO,


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…week 4: Greenland Trail 50k Training

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Week 4 Total: 50.8 miles*

Monday: 5.5 miles
It was another windy day by my work, so I decided to head north and run where there was less wind. I found a new path in Loveland that was perfect for an out and back. The downfall was that it takes me about 45 minutes or longer to get to Loveland, and it was already dusk by the time I started.

Tuesday: 7.5 miles
5x600m hill repeats. I ran a 2.3 mile w/u. Hill repeats went as followed: 2:44, 2:38, 2:45, 2:40, 2:49. I wasn’t disappointed with the times. I knew my last one was slow. As long as I’m completing these, it’s good for the legs!

Wednesday: 9.5 miles
I’m cristening Wednesdays as “Windy Wednesday.” It seems all of my mid-week long runs coincide with windy weather. To be honest, I’m over it. If it were less than 10mph, I’d be okay with the wind. But it just isn’t. 20+mph. Annoying.

Thursday: 5 miles
Easy and slow. I had run 7 days in a row and I was ready for Friday as my “off” day.

Friday: off

Saturday: 16 miles
Ran 2 miles before meeting up with Erika for 10 of her miles. After she left, I ran another 4 on my own. Said miles were run in Lyons, Colorado: Heil Valley Ranch. On the trail, we ran into a herd o 20+ deer, grazing and not bothered by us at all. It was a gorgeous run. We were both done right as a snow storm was coming in. Not much accumulation, but cold, nonetheless.

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Sunday: 7.3 miles
Windy. What?! Yep. 17mph. Chase joined me. He loves it.

Reflection:
I’m sick of the wind.

*If I had known how close I was to 51 miles even, I would have run another .2 somewhere!

And if you’ve made it THIS far in my weekly write-up, note that I’m actually finishing up week 5 of training, but am a week behind on the write-ups. Still, oops.

XO,