Tuesday, May 17, 2011

20 Miles in a College Town: Fort Collins, Co

I’m back! I took Friday off and work decided to reward me with a kick in the pants for the past few days. Oyy!

You see, this past weekend I was in Colorado visiting my little sister, watching her graduate from college. It was fun to see her graduate, but for some reason I’ll always think of her as being 10 years old. She is lucky I didn’t get her a Barbie for her graduation gift.

She honestly isn’t THAT tall, she is wearing heels. 18” heels. At least that is what I am telling myself
Is it just me, or do I look bloated?


But, while some people were starting a new chapter in their lives, I WAS RUNNING. (Said in a Forrest Gump voice) I had 20 miles on the schedule, and not even Colorado’s elevation could keep me from grunting it out for 2.5 hrs. While I was running, I realized that you really can see a lot while running that much through any town. So, while my sister received the Dr Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” that described some sort of acid trip colorful magic land, here is where I went during my time in Fort Collins.

While I didn’t start out horribly early, at 6am I couldn’t help but notice that there was NO ONE out on the running path. (Fort Collins has a system of pretty sweet running paths seen at the right) I didn’t expect there to be a ton of people out and about, but I assumed that there would be someone. But, then it hit me…..college kids like to drink on Friday nights. A lot. So, I guess it should come at no surprise that out of the 20 or so people I saw on my 20 mile run, I only saw 2 “college age” kids.

The trail that I ran on passed behind many apartment complexes and houses with either no fence or small fences separating me from their yard. It was interesting to be running along and stretch my voyeuristic muscles peer into the lives of other people. Most notably, around mile 6 or 7, I came up on a house party that had seemingly JUST ended. A bon-fire was still smoking, there were half full pitchers of beer on the tables. Good times were had by all. That is, except for the poor sucker who had to clean that up while hung over.

Probably one of the most interesting things was right near the turnaround at mile 9 or so. I took a wrong turn on the path and ended up at an intersection where there were people cheering others riding bikes. I stopped and asked one of the spectators what was going on – turns out it was a Sprint Triathlon! I guess I had stumbled upon the bike leg. So, that might have explained why I didn’t see as many runners as I would have thought.

Overall, it was a solid run. 20 miles, 7:49 pace. And, of course you know what I have to do when I have a good run? Drink at the local quasi-micro brew!!  New Belgium and their Fat Tire Beer!

My dad and I.  Looks like I am double fisting the free beers.  I'd never do that. :)

Since it was graduation weekend, it was busier than a whorehouse on dollar night
At least that is what I have been told about whorehouses....

My dad is always good at making friends wherever he goes (I normally swear at strangers and scowl at little kids).  One of the people he met gave him a bunch of extra tokens for even more free beer.  We were all well served.

To make up for all of the free beer, I decided to buy a few wall tins for my garage wall.  
They look as awesome as the beer tastes.

30 comments:

Chad said...

Great post, and congrats to your hot sister. Did it snow while you were there?

Madison said...

THAT's your sister?!? She's gorgeous! Just sayin'. You are equally impressive with your 7:49 pace 20 miler.

Chelsea said...

Fat tiiiiiiiiiire. Their Trippel is my favorite winter beer.

Brian said...
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Brian said...

I'm not sure there are two happier words in the English language than "free beer". God bless it.

Ben Lauer said...

I really thought Brian was going to say "Adam's Sister". hahahaha.
but yeah, fat tire is my favorite.

Average A said...

And the altitude treated you alright?? Great job fitting that in while on a quasi-vacation! :)

Also, beer. Jealous. Free beer. Even more jealous.

SquirrelHead said...

Oh man, I love Fat Tire beer. It would be even better since it was free. The wall tins are awesome. Congrats to your sister on her graduation.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

That's not your sister. She's way too cute.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Love it! My favorite line: But, while some people were starting a new chapter in their lives, I WAS RUNNING.

Congrats to the sis.

Alisa said...

Fat Tire and 1554 are my two favorite New Belgium beers. They are always well stocked in my house.

Scallywag said...

Congrsts to your sister!

You crack me up 'like dollar night in a whorehouse... at least im told'.

What a pace for a twenty miler! Go you! x

Kovas said...

Those are some great souvenirs!

Pam said...

I LOVE Fat Tire.

And your sister is hot.

Runners Fuel said...

Your sister doesn't look like you. It's always fun to run in a different town. I love Fat Tire beer!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Yuck on the Flat Tired. But the NB Brewery is awesome, manufacturally-speaking (is that a word).

I like Odells around the corner.

The Banter said...

Seems like my kind of post... Hot chick and free beer. More of both please.

daphne @ flip flops and pearls said...

Lawdy, great pace for TWENTY miles. I ran a little over 8 yesterday (finally healing from every ailment/imjury) and I felt like someone had kicked me in the caps last night....have your knee caps ever hurt??

C2Iowa said...

Great pics. 1554 is one of - if not the - best beers.

Very nice being able to see your sis grad.

Looking forward to M2M - though my training sucks a big fat one.

k.sizzle said...

Ahh! I live in FoCo! This place is rad. I've seen many interesting things while running the trails. If you ever come back, be sure to do the actual tour at New Belgium. More free beer, and it's super interesting and fun.

Jamoosh said...

Does your sister like older, married guys?

I kid, I kid!

Nice cans, I mean tins.

BrianFlash said...

I'm a huge fan of New Belgium Brewing products. They are my favorite American brewer. I'm jealous of your trip to the motherland!

JessiePants said...

Good run at elevation!
Free beer sounds like an awesome addition to seeing your sister graduate, what more could you ask for?

Jess said...

I was born in Ft Collins! My parents were both CSU grads -- go Rams!

GeorgiaSnail said...

I think you look a little more like the milk man...you should have a chat with your parents about that...

funderson said...

Hooray New Belgium!!!!

Nobel4Lit said...

That path looks great! I agree that college kids don't run... I used to sometimes get AG placings back then bc my competition was not stiff. Hrm.

Jill said...

LOVE me a good Fat Tire and I know exactly where you were! Congrats to your sister and congrats on no lungs exploding in the CO thin air!!!

kilax said...

Your sister is so pretty. Congrats to her!

I love running trails that go by people's homes! I am so nosy ;)

Barry said...

You know, all this talk about your sister being hot has me thinking. 1st of all, I heard it a bunch when the pictures from the baptism showed up on my facebook, and now I see it repeated. I normally think of your sister as about 10 years old also, but maybe I should bump that up to about 18 and 1/2.

See, the thing is, you always talk about MY sister in a "more than friends" kind of way, and as some folks will tell you, turnabout is fair play.

Oh, and in that picture it looks like your son is eyeing dinner. ;-) BOOM!