It’s Friday! Feels kind of weird to me because I got back from a 6-day trip last night…just in time for the weekend!
Last Saturday, Andrea, Bre, and I left for Keystone, Colorado, for an audiology conference/camp. We flew out of Chicago early Saturday morning for a week of learning and networking in the mountains with other audiology students. I had fun meeting future colleagues who are also going through this difficult yet exciting endeavor called grad school, and I was interested in hearing about different clinic & research experiences.
We alternated eating and learning all week and joked that our typical day looked something like this:
…They clearly have graduate students all figured out, and the food was fantastic. BBQ buffet, pizza & ice cream sundaes, cook outs, lasagna, a grill-your-own-meat restaurant…and a bowl of Jolly Ranchers on every flat surface.
We were also given plenty of free time to explore the area. I had only been to Colorado once before, but it’s on my short list of The Most Awesome States…as long as I can get over a bad hair day every day (curly hair likes humidity). I’m from the flat and corn-filled Midwest, so the mountains are extra exciting and BEAUTIFUL. I woke up super early each morning to run before our academic day began (it was light out by 5:45am!), and the hour of running seemed flew by because there was so much to look at.
Saturday: ~6 miles EARLY before we left
Sunday: ~6 miles (didn’t notice an altitude difference in breathing because I stopped every 5 minutes to take pictures)
Monday: ~6.5 miles (stopped twice to breathe)
Tuesday: ~6.5 miles (stopped twice to breathe)
Wednesday: ~6.5 miles (stopped like 6 times to breathe/wheeze/pant)
Transitioning from about 600 feet (Purdue) to a little over 9200 feet (Keystone) was a big shock to my lungs, and they needed a walking break after a few miles to gasp for air. I wore a normal watch instead of my Garmin and went at an easy-feel pace, but it’s crazy how an easy run for my legs felt like speed work to my lungs. Here’s a good Q&A on the basics of running in high altitude.
The morning runs were so much fun that I looked forward to waking up early to see the mountains again. I probably shouldn’t have run so many miles in a short amount of time immediately after an injury, but nothing ended up hurting, and I took off both Thursday and Friday to recover.
Now…a photo dump of my favorite pictures taken from runs throughout the week. I ran the same trail every morning because I am fully aware of my history of getting lost.
Travel tip: If you have a leaky water bottle in your book bag, put a package of pretzel goldfish crackers at the bottom of your book bag. It will soak up all of the water like a sponge, leaving you with soggy pretzels but a dry camera and iPad.
Things we didn’t do: sleep, get hungry
I have family in Colorado, and I got to see them too! They so kindly took me out to dinner, and I got a salad to help out the food triplets in my stomach.
It was a fun and power-packed week, so I’m ready to catch up on sleep and vegetables. Have a good one!
Have you run at a high altitude?
Most fun thing you’re doing this weekend?
Favorite jolly rancher flavor?