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Vacation, Rejuvenation, Elevation

With rainy, humid DC in my rear view mirror, I headed west to Idaho. 

A week of bliss with my two best friends from college and their families.

The weather couldn't have been better. It was sunny and warm during the day, cool in the evenings, with not even a hint of humidity. Heaven!

The view from our back deck was stunning, and our cabin in the countryside was peaceful and relaxing. When the four children were asleep, that is. I kid, I kid.

McCall, Idaho
View from our back deck

We went whitewater rafting, ate good food, shared too many laughs to count. 

Ice Cream!
At Ice Cream Alley. For maximum fun, just add sugar ...

My girlfriends don't run, but thankfully one of their husbands does, and was willing to let me tag along. Thanks Jeff!

The icing on the cake was a cool morning run on the trails at Ponderosa State Park. And by cool, I mean 47 degrees. What a treat in July!

Lily Marsh Trail, Ponderosa State Park
Lily Marsh Trail

I hadn't thought about elevation. It's a little over 5000 feet there.

My lowlander lungs made even the smallest moehill feel like a mountain. I take some comfort from this Runner's World article which claims "
Anything above 5,000 feet is considered high altitude training by elite athletes' standards." 

Ponderosa State Park trail run elevation
I'm kind of glad I didn't bring my heart rate monitor on this run.

Still, I won't be moving to Colorado anytime soon.

Are you going anywhere interesting for vacation? Have you recently run in a scenic place? Do you do better running in humidity or at altitude?

Happy Summer, wherever you are.


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