Running In Photos, Part 4: Colorado

First of all, I admit, I did not actually run while visiting Colorado. However, I did do some hiking, rafting, and camping. I was able to unplug for most of the day and be fully present in my surroundings and the people I was fortunate enough to have this experience with. I also learned some valuable lessons if I were to experience an unfortunate bathroom emergency during a run in the middle of nowhere.

Beautiful Colorado on the Arkansas River
Rafting in late August usually means the rapids aren’t too great. This year though, they had a mild summer and a late snow, so we still caught some class 3 and 4 rapids!
Two nights of camping meant our guides hauled all our gear: dry bags full of clothes, tents, food and water, and yes, even a place to use the bathroom. More on that in a minute.
Parked alongside the river to camp for the night
My friends, this is called the groover, aka toilet shaped bucket container. You don’t even want to know what the other items are for. Let’s just say I preferred to utilize my isometric squat abilities most of the time. Without going into the gory details, I used this lovely set up only when absolutely necessary. I have now become more adept at skills one might need to know during a bathroom emergency in the middle of nowhere. On the short list: finding a private place in the woods, aiming away from my shoes, finding just the right slope on the ground, and scaring away small animals.
On the last day, we were treated to these babies—small one person ducky rafts. It was super awesome going down some small rapids on these!

This trip was a bit out of my comfort zone, but nothing short of amazing. Spending 72 hours straight outside was truly a gift. Looking at the gorgeous sights, appreciating modern conveniences when they aren’t available, and being more present in the moment were reminders of why I get out to run as well.

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